County News

January 14, 2021

Elkader, IA – Four officers were elected during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton County extension council organizational meeting Jan. 12. The nine-member county extension council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law.

beef calves
January 4, 2021

86 Clayton County 4-H & FFA members have weighed and identified 202 head of market beef as projects this year.   Identified for 2021 were 133 Market Steers, 33 Dairy Steers and 36 Market Heifers.  The Clayton County market beef show will be Friday, August 6.   Retinal imagining was also done to qualify state fair animals. This year Clayton County 4-H’ers verified 16 head of cattle for state fair 4-H show. 

retired council members 2020
December 11, 2020

Council members Deb Schulte, Linda Orr and Marlene Gould were recognized for their outstanding effort and service as members of the Clayton County Extension Council in December. Deb and Linda are retiring after 8 years of service each and Marlene is retiring after 4 years. They contributed significantly to making research-based, unbiased information and education available to the people in Clayton County.

manure spreading
December 7, 2020

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2021. Clayton County is hosting the workshop on February 4 at 9:30 am. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is required. No walk-ins allowed. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

November 19, 2020

Due to COVID restrictions the 2020 4-H Pizzazz Night was not held. The annual Clayton County 4-H awards program honors both 4-H club members and adult volunteers. Club leaders should contact hte Extension Office to make arrangements to pick up club awards & premium checks.

October 15, 2020

Recent warm weather was great for drying crops in the field, but resulted in warm grain going into farm storage. Cool that stored grain as soon as possible to extend storage life. Forecast temperatures for the next several days are favorable for cooling stored grain to around 45 degrees. 

October 13, 2020

Local 4-H youth wo are participating in the Northeast Iowa 4-H Citizenship program resumed their monthly meetings on September 27 at Fayette County’s Fairgrounds in West Union.  34 youth from Winneshiek, Fayette, Clayton, and Delaware Counties and several adults attended the meeting. Guest speakers were Mike Klimesh and Matt Topscott, who are running for Iowa District 28 State Senate. Youth also learned about the five principles of Citizenship.

October 1, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Clayton County held a School Day Out Camp in Edgewood on September 28.  The Camp was held at the Edgewood Community Center. 

September 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everyday life often involves masking up, keeping our distance and sending children to school online. Many Iowans also have experienced one or more natural disasters including flooding, drought and a derecho.

“If you are feeling worn down or discouraged, you are not alone. It takes a lot of energy to support and grow your family, even more so with the stressors 2020 has brought us,” said Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ribbon
September 1, 2020

The 2020 Iowa State Fair has been postponed this year, but state-level learning opportunities for Clayton County 4-H youth continued online. A special exhibition, 4-H Show Iowa, was held to provide state-level recognition of learning opportunities this summer. Included in these virtual celebrations were over 2,422 entries for 4-H Exhibits, Communication Events, and the Awardrobe Clothing Selection. Clayton County 4-H shared 43 exhibits.

Hanaway & Vlazny
August 31, 2020

Thirteen Clayton County 4-H members participated in the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show this summer. While there were some special considerations for this stand-alone event, the chance to showcase their hard work in livestock project areas remained a top goal for all 1,600 youth exhibitors.  Shows were held over three weeks, Thursday through Saturday – Aug. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Clayton Crop Scouting team
August 20, 2020

Three teams led by Joe and Suzanne Shirbroun took 2nd, 3rd & 4th in the state Youth Crop Scouting Competition on July 30.  Clayton County Team Number Two won second place (Ben Gibson, Nate Shirbroun and Nick Deitchler), Clayton County Team Number Three was in third place (Avery Wessel, Nathaniel Gaul and Keaton Klingman) and Clayton County Team Number One placed fourth (Laci Orr, Lane Orr, Brandon Whittle and Tristan Weigand).

 

County 4H Council
August 17, 2020

Clayton County Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee is pleased to announce the new members for the 2020-21 4-H County Council. 4-H members selected were Cerria Drips, Elkport;  JayLyn Moore, Guttenberg; Molly Kann, Guttenberg; Sam Schilling, Colesburg; Nathaniel Gaul, Strawberry Point;  and Sean Wilwert, Elkader.

Tim Orr
August 13, 2020

Tim Orr of Elgin will be inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.  Two ceremonies will be streamed online to recognize this year’s honorees. Orr will be recognized during the 1:30 p.m. event. Visit www.iowa4hfoundation.orgthe day of the ceremony to locate the online event.

senior division
June 10, 2020

Twenty-one 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 8 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with ISU Extension and Outreach staff and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production. Many exhibitors in the 4-H & FFA market beef show see only the show ring aspect of beef production, not the real-world aspects of feeding cattle for today’s marketplace.  The Advanced Cattle Feeder Class focuses more on the real-world aspects of feeding to a target market, focusing on the cost of production, and meat quality.

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.

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