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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Cherokee County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, farm, business or community, look to Cherokee County Extension and Outreach and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions!

The health and safety of our staff, participants, volunteers and communities is our highest priority. Our staff is working and we want to continue helping and serving you as best as we can while still maintaining social distancing. 

Please reach us by email or call the office at 712-225-6196:
- Mary Tuttle (Program Coordinator):
- Jen Gaydo (Office Assistant):
- Debbie Erpelding (County Youth Coordinator):
- David Stender (Swine Specialist):

 Please watch our website and Facebook page for future announcements.

Educational Youth Activities to Do From Home

2020 Cherokee County Fair Dates: July 15-19, 2020

County News

May 6, 2020

May Update: In order to respect the Governor and Iowa State University’s guidelines, we are creating virtual and take-home Clover Crates for registered youth to participate in the camps from home through June 16. We will have pick-up dates/places throughout local counties.
Our summer camps are offered in Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties each summer beginning in June and continuing through early-August. The annual camp booklet is released each spring with online registration opening shortly after.
March 26, 2020

On behalf of the Iowa 4-H Program and considering the current and ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, adjustments are being made to this year’s livestock identification process and county weigh-ins.

  • The Cherokee County 4-H & FFA sheep and goat weigh-in orginally scheduled for May has been cancelled. There will not be a rate of gain contest for sheep and meat goats for the 2020 Cherokee County Fair. 
  • The animal ID deadline originally set for May 15 has been moved to June 1, 2020. This animal ID deadline applies to the following species: breeding beef. dairy cattle, dairy goat, dog, horse, meat goat, poultry, sheep and swine.
  • Information regarding tagging procedures and retinal images will be communicated at a later date. Please look for this information soon. 
May 19, 2020

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Spring is finally here and many gardens are being planted. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 19, 2020

Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Dairy News & Views from Iowa State University” began recording in April, featuring timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and dairy production in general. The podcasts are recorded every two weeks, and feature commentary by ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Jennifer Bentley and Fred Hall, in conversation with other Iowa State dairy industry experts.

May 18, 2020

Free hands-on youth projects available for pickup every Friday
CHEROKEE, Iowa – Beginning Friday, May 15, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cherokee County will have free 4-H at Home ‘On the Go’ lessons available for pickup at their office. The projects are available each Friday to any youth in or around Cherokee County. Each ‘On the Go’ lesson offers materials and directions for a hands-on youth activity related to a 4-H project area. 


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