Clayton County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

CLover Kid Day
April 18, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted their annual Clover Kid Day Retreat for Kindergarten thru 3rd graders on Saturday, April 13 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  This year’s theme was “Buck-A-Roo Bash”.   62 youth enjoyed a fun & educational day. they make a rope from twine, explored a gold mine, visited an old west town,  learned all about cowboys, decorated a bandana,  learned sign language, and played many games.

sheep and meat goat
April 18, 2019

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members who intend to participate in the market sheep and meat goat classes at the 2019 county fair must qualify their projects at the weigh-in on Saturday, May 4. The weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National.  Animals will be weighed and ear-tagged at the site.

April 12, 2019

The Big Four Fair will hold the 99th Annual Fair June 14 -16, 2019 at Postville, Iowa.  The Big Four Fair dates back to the organization of the Big Four Farmers Institute and has grown to the four county fair that it is today.  This gives every exhibitor the privilege of competing with entries from our four county area.

swine weigh in
April 11, 2019

This year 44 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 173 head for the 2019 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair.  This is up 4 youth from last year, but down 11 head. The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation.

April 11, 2019

60 youth and 25 adults attended a hands-on 4-H beef project workshop on March 30 at the Scott & Sarah Cherne Farm, Guttenberg.  The workshop emphasis was reproduction. Featured presentations were Frosty the Cow, a life-size calving simulator with Dr. Adam Copeland & Dr. Grant Dewell with Iowa State University; semen check & pregnancy diagnosis with Dr. Larry Moore, Postville Vet Clinic and Dr. Ryan Royer with Elkader Vet Clinic; and Introduction to artificial insemination Adam Koppes and Ryan Zittleman with Genex  Certification training for YQCA (Youth for Quality Care of Animals) and BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) was also part of the workshop. 


County Information                                              Livestock Information

County 4H Newsletters                                           COOL form

Clayton County 4-H Member Handbook                   Share-a-Heifer Form


Clayton County 4-H Clubs                                                     Area & State Information

County Council Members                                                   Iowa 4H Weekly News

Extension Youth & 4H Committee                                  Pine Bluff 4H Camp

Green Team                                                                            Big Four Fair - Postville

Clayton County Fair                                                             Area School Websites

Record Keeping Forms                                                        Iowa FFA Web Site

4-H Awards                                                                              

Shooting Sports                                                      



Statewide Resources

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • 4-H Equation

    Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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