County News

November 20, 2019

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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. 

March 21, 2019

Expanding knowledge of state government and policy makers in Des Moines was the focus of the March 12 visit to the Iowa State Capital by forty-three 4-H’ers and twelve adults.  4-H’ers, staff, and volunteers represented Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek counties. The group toured the capital building andengaged in exclusive conversations with Senator Michael Breitbach, Waylan Brown, and Craig Johnson. Some students also had discussions with their local Representatives, Anne Osmundson, Michael Bergan, and Todd Prichard. The visit concluded with the Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg making an appearance and photo opportunity with the 4-H’ers.

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.

August 12, 2019

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $243,849 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point, Mike Monroe, Postville and Mike Loecke, Manchester.  The average price of 75 head of market beef was $1.68 per pound.  The top selling market beef sold for $2.45/pound.   161 head of swine sold for an average price of $1.68 per pound. The top selling swine brought $3.70 per pound.   The high price paid for lambs was $2.80 per pound.   25 head of sheep averaged $2.17 per pound.  The high price paid for a meat goat was $5.10 per pound with 19 head of meat goats averaging $2.92 per pound.  In addition to the beef, hogs, and lambs, the exhibitors also sold meat rabbits and poultry at the county fair auction.  The highest price paid was $60.00 for a rabbit and the top poultry lot sold for $340.

County Council
July 25, 2019

Development Committee is pleased to announce the new members for the 2019-20 4-H County Council. 4-H members selected were Hunter Thompson, Mackenzy Ruff, Tayler Martins, Marlene Franzen, Myah Davis, Emma Pape, Maria Medberry, Pierce Harbaugh, and Andy Fangman. These new members will join Laci Orr, Mia Gibson, Luke Tuecke, and Callan Willie. to lead and implement the Clayton County 4-H program this coming year. 

let the good times GROW
July 6, 2019

447 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3155 exhibits for the county fair competition.  Entries are down 64 exhibits from the previous year. Divisions showing an increase include the Dairy, Swine, Horses, Meat Goats, Dogs, Pets and the Clothing Event.   The 165th annual Clayton County Fair is scheduled for July 31- August 4 at the fairgrounds located at the village of National (5 miles north of Garnavillo).

2019 State Conference
July 3, 2019

Iowa State University hosted 600 youth delegates for three days last week for the 2019 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, themed “A Universe of Possibilities.” Every June, teenagers from across the state gather on the Iowa State campus for three days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, special events and civic engagement activities. Attending the Conference from Clayton County were Tate Berns, St. Olaf; Cecilia Dolan, Strawberry Point; James Eberhardt, Elkader; Nathaniel Gaul, Strawberry Point; Maria Medberry, Volga; Mackenzy Ruff, Garnavillo; Sam Schilling, Colesburg; Nate Shirbroun, Farmersburg; Ashley Wessels, Aurora; and Tyler Zuercher, Luana.

Clayton Int trip 2019
June 25, 2019

Forty-three intermediate 4-H members from Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties enjoyed 2 days as they “Screamed for Adventure”  through a summer adventure trip to LeMars and Arnold’s Park.  The trip was coordinated by Tammy Muller, Clayton County Youth Coordinator and Jaci Tweeten, Chickasaw County Youth Coordinator. 

junior camp 2019
June 25, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Staff and Youth Counselors from Region 4, including Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties kicked off the summer with Region 4 Junior Camp: Passport to Adventure Camp.  While at Pine Bluff 4-H Camp, located outside of Decorah, 96 4-H’ers added to their passport by experiencing Aboriginal dot painting, drum and maraca making, and non-traditional camp foods like fajitas and kabobs.

Adv feeder class 2019
June 11, 2019

Fourteen 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 10 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.  They used their actual feed fed with fixed costs for many feed ingredients, yardage, chute costs, feeder prices, and their actual costs for any additional costs.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.  The judge placed the youth based on their knowledge and interview skills, their cost of production, calf performance, visual conformation of the cattle and market readiness.  A showcase was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

farm safety
May 16, 2019

The ISU Extension and Outreach held their annual Safety Day Field Trip for 4th graders on May 9, 2019 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds.  Around 210 youth from Postville, MFL Mar Mac, Clayton Ridge, Central, and Ed-Co schools attended the event.

sheep and meat goat
May 8, 2019

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 46 meat goats at the weigh-in held May 4 at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair on August 2, 2019.  

April 30, 2019

Fourteen women from Clayton and surrounding counties recently wrapped up Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a five-week class that teaches women about the importance of planning successful farm transitions. The women learned about estate planning, transition planning and succession planning, and are empowered to set goals and engage in effective family discussions about their farm operations.

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.

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. 

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