County News

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts Flyer
January 7, 2019

Join us on Monday, February 4th from 4:00-5:30pm at Spencer Hospital for OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts Workshop.  This free event is hosted by Spencer Hospital in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County. OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts, helps participants understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes.

December 7, 2018

Storm Lake and Okoboji, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to Storm Lake on January 8 and Okoboji on January 15 for the 2019 Crop Advantage Series.

Jan Monahan
December 7, 2018

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on Thursday- Jan. 10 & Jan. 17, 2019 at the Iowa Lakes Community College (1900 Grand Avenue, Spencer)

4-H accepting MaxYield donation
November 28, 2018

Jo Engel, Sarah Dirks, and Amy Forrette, accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership in Clay County. MaxYield presented a contribution for $10 per 4-H member in Clay County to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

October 16, 2018
Clay County 4-H Seniors

Are you planning to continue educational opportunities following high school graduation?  We encourage you to apply for scholarships sponsored by the Clay County Bankers Association.

4-H Clover
October 11, 2018

Clay County 4-H Awards information and forms for The Diamond Clover Program, Project Area Awards, Recordkeeping Awards, and Special Recognition Essays.

ServSafe Logo
October 10, 2018

The 2019 Winter/Spring ServSafe schedule for Northwest Iowa.  ***Note:  Online registrations only, up to three weeks prior to class date.

Beth Doran
October 10, 2018

Beef producers are reminded that by Jan. 1, 2019 they must have a current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certificate in order to sell cattle to certain packers. To help producers comply with this requirement, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering a series of “year-end” trainings in Northwest Iowa.

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.

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.

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