County 4-H News

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 15, 2020

Clayton County Extesnion is now offering limited face to face summer camp opportunities with Covid-19 precautions in place.  Camps offered for the Kindergarten through 3rd grade levels are: Quest to be Your Best, Fun with Bots, Theatre STEM Challenge, Mad Scientist Camp, Art Lit to Go, Creativity STEAM Camp, Survival Camp, and Outdoor Adventure.  Participants can sign up using  Other camps offered to older youth are our Summer Adventures for 3rd through 6th graders. Adventures are: Quest to be Your Best, Survivor Day, Creativity STEAM Camp, Your Creative Side, and Theatre Stem Challenge. Participants can sign up using These are great summer opportunities for your child/ren. Camps are scheduled to start June 22nd.

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.

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.

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