County News

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.

March 14, 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 4-H Youth Council and the Clay County Bankers Association.

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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.

4-H Clover
October 6, 2017

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

October 5, 2017

The purpose of the Scramble Calf project is to provide an educational beef production experience for beef project members and to also provide a mentoring opportunity.

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. 

4-H Clover
June 13, 2017

District Communication and Clothing events will be held during the Clay County Fair from September 9-17, occurring on each of the weekends. We are excited to once again offer a high quality district showcasing opportunity to all 4-Hers in Iowa.

4-H Clover
May 18, 2017

Achievement Fair is a county mini-fair where Clay County 4-Hers have the opportunity to have their Human Sciences, Communications, and Clothing projects judged.  This event will take place on Tuesday, July 18 from 8:30am-3:00pm at the 4-H Exhibit Building & Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds. 

April 21, 2017

Bow Wow Basics will provide an overview of the summer dog obedience training sessions including agility, rally and handling demonstrations by experienced 4-Hers.  Bow Wow Basics, will be held in the 4-H Exhibit Building/Auditorium at the Clay County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm.  4-Hers should please bring their dogs and a copy of a current rabies vaccination.  Parents also are encouraged to attend the event!

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