County News

June 9, 2020

The Clayton County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Clayton County Fair, postponed the Clayton County Fair until 2021 due to continued restrictions of Covid-19.  The Clayton County Extension Council, staff and the Youth Development Committee are moving ahead to provide a 4-H & FFA Achievement Show for youth to showcase their exhibits in livestock, static, clothing & communications.  Plans are being made for a limited audience “Show and Go” livestock exhibition and contact-free static exhibit judging and limited-contact clothing event & communication judging.

4H Bags to Go
June 3, 2020

Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach is offering 4-H 2 Go lessons in a bag for youth in grades kindergarten thru 3rd grade.  Every 4-H 2 Go lesson bag contains most of the supplies for one youth to create, learn, and reflect from.  Beginning Wednesday, June 3, a new 4-H 2 Go lesson will be offered and available each week. Lesson topics includes: Cover Crop Monsters, Chinese Hand Fans, Mighty Soybeans, Eiffel Tower Artwork, Pet Treats Challenge, and Cardboard Moon Rover.  Pick up lessons weekly starting Wednesday, June 3rd through July 8th.  There is a limited supply of the 4-H 2 Go Lessons bags. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 12 pm and 1-5 pm.

county council
June 1, 2020

It's that time of year again to recruit new County Council members for 2020-21.  If you will be in grades 11 or 12 in the fall of 2020, you can apply for County Council. Council members are active role models in Clayton County 4-H, and they gain valuable leadership and team-building life skills. Make new friends and have fun! The Council is made up of 16 youth and we have 6 positions to fill this year. Deadline for applications is June 25 and interviews will be July 9.

April 7, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

4-H emblem
March 24, 2020

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing youth and their families with research-based, accessible online learning opportunities. A collection of online educational resources for K-12 youth audiences is available on the 4-H At Home Learning Resources webpage. These engaging educational resources from the local, state and national 4-H program are available for all youth and their families to further explore project area learning virtually.

making omelets
March 24, 2020

The Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction was held March 15 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council and Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee.  This event is a one of the ways 4-H members showcase their program and the youth & volunteers who make it happen. 543 people were served omelets, toast, muffins, applesauce, milk, coffee and orange juice. Sixty-seven items were donated for the auction by clubs, members, families and 4-H alumni raised $2892. 

March 24, 2020

COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, has been in the news around the world and now is a rapidly developing public health situation in the United States. COVID-19 infection can show up two to 14 days after contracting the virus, and people with the infection may show symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

March 18, 2020

Thirty-six 4-H members from Delaware, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek County visited the Iowa Hall of Pride and the State of Iowa Capital in Des Moines on March 10. The Iowa Hall of Pride started with a great Iowa History lesson and why we should be Iowa Proud. Next, 4-H-ers participated in a scavenger hunt and learned about many famous Iowans. There are many interactive exhibits that challenged the youth in both cognitive and physical ways.

March 5, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted their annual Clover Kid Day Retreat for Kindergarten thru 3rd graders on Saturday, February 29 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  This year’s theme was “It’s A County Fair!”   65 youth enjoyed a fun & educational day. The retreat featured sessions based on county fair activities.

February 26, 2020

This year’s Clayton County 4-H Lock In was held February 21 at the Northeast Iowa Wellness & Recreation Center in Postville. Thirty-four 6th, 7th and 8th graders attended. As a service-learning project  fleece lap blankets were made to  give to area nursing homes. 

February 5, 2020

Dicamba-based products are restricted use pesticides. Iowa requires users to be registered as certified applicators in the state. Additionally, applicators must complete training every year before they apply dicamba-based products. Trainings are offered as live meetings, and this year, also available via on-line training.  The trainings are offered by product manufacturers and often by local ag retailers.  Visit the Agribusiness Association of Iowa web page for a list of dicamba training opportunities at

new members
January 29, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, January 26 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Elkader.  11 youth and their parents attended.   An overview of the 4-H & youth program was shared along with how to stay informed on what’s going on in the county program.  Youth were given project hot sheets and exhibit tip sheets for the 4-H project areas they are enrolled in. Breakout sessions included livestock, communications, goal setting, parliamentary procedure, and 4-H online.

leader training
January 29, 2020

Forty-one Clayton County 4-H volunteers participated in a training titled “4-H Prepares Youth for the Future” where they explored how they play a role in preparing local youth for future careers. Volunteers developed opportunities for youth to refine skills that will prepare them for the future and identified ways to help youth explore, learn, practice, and experience possible careers. In addition, leaders learned skills and gained resources that be used to foster independence in youth.  This training is part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H Youth Development annual training for volunteers.

January 9, 2020

Tammy Muller, Clayton County Extension and Outreach Youth Program Coordinator was recently honored during the annual Iowa 4-H staff Youth Fest Conference in Ames with the Meritorious Service Award.  This award honors staff members who have been in their positions for 11 or more years and have made an impact and had outstanding accomplishments throughout their career in the 4-H program. Tammy  has provided strong leadership for the Clayton County 4-H & Youth program for over 18 years. 

market beef
January 2, 2020

104 Clayton County 4-H & FFA members have weighed and identified 262 head of market beef as projects this year.  This is up 11 youth and 34 head from last year.  Identified for 2019 were 175 Market Steers, 39 Dairy Steers and 48 Market Heifers.

September 25, 2019

4-H is made up of a community of young people across America who are learning life skills and are supported in this developmental process by caring adult leaders. Youth K-12th grade may join 4-H.

crop scouting team
September 6, 2019

Clayton County Team A consisting of Laci Orr, Cassidy Penrod and Matt Whittle received first place; Clayton County Team B (Iowa) consisting of Lane Orr, Jonathan Whittle and Tom Whittle received third place in this year’s Regional Youth Crop Scouting Competition. The teams are coached by Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun, Farmersburg. The competition was held at the Field Extension Education Lab, in Boone, Iowa on August 26. 

County Council retreat
September 3, 2019

­­­­­­­­Clayton County 4-H Council members attended the Region 4-H County Council Leadership Retreat held in West Union.  Forty-nine county council members from Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties participated in team building activities while exploring the qualities of a strong leader.  The annual leadership retreat provides youth a chance to network and learn from neighboring councils as well as enhance their interpersonal skills, shared Kendra Crooks, State 4-H Youth Development Specialist.  In addition, each county council began program planning and are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities for the upcoming new 4-H year including recruitment of new members. 

T Muller
August 22, 2019

Tammy Muller of Monona was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 18.  Inductees from across the state were honored for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by Emily Saveraid, Executive Director Iowa 4-H Foundation and Tillie Good, Iowa 4-H Program Volunteer Development Specialist as they were introduced on stage.

August 15, 2019

Clayton County 4-H members exhibits were on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair this month. More than 3800 exhibits were displayed this year, showcasing excellence in project area learning by 4-H members across the state of Iowa. Divisions young people may exhibit in include agriculture and natural resources, creative arts, family and consumer sciences, personal development, and science, mechanics & engineering.

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