County News

October 4, 2018

The Scramble Calf project is intended to provide an educational beef production experience for beef project members, to assist beef project members to become involved and to provide a mentoring opportunity. If you have an interest in beef, give this program a try!!  Contact Amy at forrette@iastate.edu to get registered.

3 youth with their stuffed animals
August 8, 2018

This is an opportunity for K-3rd Grade children to showcase at the Clay County Fair in the 4-H Auditorium on the evening of Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30pm.  Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their stuffed animal (or other plush creature or friend) with a caring adult, to show an audience their stuffed animal and receive ribbons.  Please call or fill out the entry form at this link to enter.  A limit on entries may be imposed for time constraints, so enter today!  Please share with your friends, all K-3rd grade youth are welcome!

Gary Wright
July 12, 2018

Clay County Farmland Leasing and Value Meeting to be help on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds from 6:00-9:00pm.  Call 712-262-2264 to pre-register (cost $20) until August 7, day of program (August 8) cost will be $25.  Each registrant will receive one lease arrangements book.

Master Gardener in Garden
July 12, 2018

The 2018 Master Gardener Training will offer a new flipped classroom model, which will allow for increased hands-on experiences.  Classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-8pm in Mid-August until Early November. Along with an all-day workshop in Ames on November 3.

3 4-Hers at Achievement Fair
June 21, 2018

The 2018 Achievement Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 8:30am-4:00pm at the 4-H Auditorium & Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds.  Achievement Fair is a county mini-fair, where Clay County 4-Hers have the opportunity to have their Human Sciences project area work judged and are able to speak with the judge about their exhibit and project learning.  Join us for a fun filled day!

Cross with ribbons awarded
June 21, 2018

The Clay County 4-H Youth Development Program is combining citizenship and compassion by again hosting the “Community Compassion” event during the Clay County Fair. Clay County 4-Hers will have the opportunity to grow in compassion and to help others by donating one of their own human sciences exhibits.

Cupcake Wars Class
May 11, 2018

Cupcake Wars is a Clay County contest where a team of 2 4-Hers will compete to create and design decorated cupcakes.  This event will happen Sunday, September 9th at the 2018 Clay County Fair.  Registration will begin on July 2. 

YQCA Logo
May 8, 2018

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. ALL youth exhibiting any beef, sheep, meat goats, swine, poultry or rabbits at the Clay County Fair, Iowa State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben MUST satisfy this requirement by June 30.

Table setting event
April 27, 2018

A new fair event is available to all 4-Hers in grades 4-12.  Exhibitors may work as an individual or as a team of 2-3.

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
April 2, 2018

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2018 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

The 2017 4-H Quilt
March 28, 2018

Are you looking for educational fun for club meetings or a club project?  Then look no further as the fun and exciting Block-Out Quilt Club Challenge is here for 2018.

Bill Biedenfeld, the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee.
March 19, 2018

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, supporters and pioneers who have made a significant contribution to the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program.  Nominations must be received by May 15, 2018 in the form of a letter or email to the Clay County Extension Office, 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100, Spencer.

Dicamba injury symptoms on non-tolerant soybeans. [source: Bob Hartzler, Iowa St
December 8, 2017

The 2018Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisersto hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own back yard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 3-26, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification.

Jo Engel & Amy Forrette with the 4-H Bear
November 28, 2017

The Clay County youth staff of Amy Forrette, Associate Director of Youth Programming, and Jo Engel, Human Sciences Program Coordinator, hosted a session about ‘Mastering Volunteerism’ at a recent National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jo Engel, Amy Forrette, accepting check from MaxYield
November 28, 2017

Amy Forrette, (right) county associate director youth programming and Jo Engel, county youth program coordinator for human sciences accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H enrollment in Clay County.  

Corn Field
November 9, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County is hosting a Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminar on Friday, December 1st at 1:30pm. To register call the Clay County Extension Office at 262-2264, registration fee is $20.  The program is designed to provide agribusiness leaders with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential and management implications. Participants will also receive an overview of the agricultural industry and learn how changes may affect Iowa producers.

Smart Choice Logo
November 9, 2017

On Monday, November 20th Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a free workshop in Spencer. Smart Choice: Health Insurance is designed to help you understand your options and make the best decisions for your situation.   The workshop will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Spencer Public Library, 213 3rd Street; Spencer, IA.

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Logo
September 27, 2017

Do you help take care of a child with special health and behavioral needs? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  Sessions are scheduled every Tuesday for six weeks and begin on October 24th.  Classes will be held at the Clay County Extension Office from 5:30 pm – 8:00pm  There is a no charge for the program. For more information or to register, contact the Clay County Extension Office at 712-262-2264.

Bill Biedenfeld, 2017 Clay County inductee for Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame
August 25, 2017

Bill Biedenfeld of Clay County was inducted into the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 21. Ninety-two Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 119 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate as they were introduced on stage at the Iowa State Fair.

August 25, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Clay county will offer Ag Citing for Adults at the Clay County Fair this year.  These events will take place on Tuesday (9/12) and Thursday (9/14).  The topics covered will be Crop, Dairy, and Swine Production. 

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