County News

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.

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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.

back to school
August 14, 2020

Children aren’t the only ones wondering what going back to school will be like this fall. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents and caregivers are beginning to hear whether children will be at their school buildings, learning online at home or a hybrid of the two.  Back-to-school planning is an ever-changing environment this year. But there are things parents and caregivers can do to prepare children for the possibilities. 

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.

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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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July 6, 2020

283 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 1732 exhibits for the county competition to be held August 4-9 according to Tammy Muller, County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator.   Earlier this year the Clayton County Agricultural Society postponed the 166th Clayton County Fair until 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns. Clayton County Extension and Outreach has put together an alternative for county fair.  Entries are at 60% from the previous years with Horses and Poultry entries showing an increase.

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June 26, 2020

The Clayton County Extension Council, Youth Development Committee along with Extension staff have put together an alternative for county fair, the Clayton County 4-H & FFA Achievement Show 2020.  The Clayton County Agricultural Society has postponed the 166th Clayton County Fair until 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns. This alternative show will offer an opportunity for youth to showcase all the hard work they have put into their projects. To protect the health and safety of everyone, this Achievement Show will follow all Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations for social distancing, handwashing, and sanitization.

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.

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. 

training
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 https://www.agribiz.org/dicamba-training/

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