County News

June 18, 2019

Achievement Fair is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for July 24, can't wait to see you there!

Master Gardener Logo
June 7, 2019

Master Gardener Training will begin on August 6th in Clay, Dickinson, & Emmet Counties.  Classes continue every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm through October 8th.  Read on for more information!

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
March 15, 2019

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2019 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

Welding Class Photo
March 6, 2019

Join us for this super fun challenge of welding and/or creating your own structure from what will be found in your “Bucket of Junk”.  Demco Manufacturing is offering additional premiums of $30 for 1st Place, $20 for the 2nd Place and $10 for 3rd place as well as plasma cut plaques.  Buckets of junk will be available soon and their availability will be announced in the Clover Notes.

The 2017 4-H Quilt
March 6, 2019

Are you looking for educational fun for club meetings, a club project, or just as an individual? Then look no further and sign up for the fun and exciting Block-Out Challenge.  The Block Out Challenge fabric packets, for a club or an individual, are ready for pick up.  Sewing tips and suggestions for better constructed blocks are also included in the packet.  This year the awards will be $25 for 1st place, $15 for 2nd place and $10 for 3rd place after being judged for creativity, design and composition during Achievement Fair.

2018 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee
February 12, 2019

Clay County 4-H is seeking nominations for the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee.  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 1, 2019, in the form of a letter or email to the Clay County Extension Office, 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100, Spencer.

Now Hiring Sign
February 8, 2019

The Youth Program Summer Assistant supports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with the preparation and delivery of summer educational programs. Primary responsibilities include support and coordination of K-12 youth programs, especially in relation to Clay County Youth Fair preparation as part of the 4-H Youth Development Program in Clay County to improve the effectiveness and efficient delivery of programming to the citizens and youth of Clay County.

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!

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.

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