Local Highlights

July 12, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Fayette County will be sponsoring the daily events at the Fayette County Fair on Thursday, July 28.

In conjunction with that, they will be having a “Day at the Fair” from 3-6 pm where you can participate in a scavenger hunt while meeting the specialists from Region 4. They will be sharing information about beef, dairy, food systems, 4-H and youth, citizenship, nutrition and wellness, family finance, beginning farmers, Master Gardeners, PROSPER and the upcoming #ISU99 scavenger hunt.

New this year, the Commodity Carnival, is an interactive, hands-on game that shows the behind–the-scenes components and challenges of animal production. This year, participants will raise an imaginary hog-balancing the costs of feed, health and nutrition, production and energy resources. When the hog is ready for market, it is weighed and the participant drops a disc down a Plinko-styled board, with pegs representing elements beyond the participant’s control hopefully providing a better understanding of the commodities markets.

Be sure to join us at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, in the shelter behind the old school house, to learn more about your local Extension and Outreach. For more information or to learn more about local programming call 563-425-3331.

July 7, 2016

Fayette County 4-H County Council members Sally Hamlett, Ashley Baumler and Nathan Arthur worked together with adult mentor Misty Mann in hosting a livestock fitting clinic for 4-H members as part of their County Council leadership project.

The fitting clinic was held on July 6 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union for youth and adults who were seeking more information on how to fit and show a rabbit, beef and dairy animal. Clinicians were Nathan Arthur and Ashley Baumler - Dairy, Tiffany Faust - Rabbit, Misty, Mann, Tessa Mann and Lacy Pagel - Beef.

Photo -Alexis Gage gets pointers from rabbit clinician Tiffany Faust

Statewide Resources

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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