Now is the time of year for youth to join and participate in 4-H, the youth development program of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. All 99 counties throughout Iowa will be celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. 4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 99 counties and empowers youth to reach their full potential.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach celebrated the finale of its summer Growing in the Garden camp on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Lyon County’s Growing in the Garden camp took place every Wednesday morning for 10 weeks during the summer. Twenty-one first through third grade students participated in this summer’s gardening camp at the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.
The 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program will again be in place for the current 4-H year. FSQA stands for Food Safety Quality Assurance. This program helps 4-H producers understand their role in producing food, and help them make wise, ethical decisions related to food production. If you exhibit the following livestock are required to be FSQA certified: Beef, Bottle/Bucket Calf, Dairy, Goat, Swine, Sheep, Rabbit (if it is not a pet project), and Poultry. You MUST become FSQA certified to exhibit your animals at the County Fair and/or Iowa State Fair.