County News

August 6, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Fayette County will be offering Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) trainings in their office located at 218 South Main Street in Fayette on several dates in the coming months.

August 5, 2020

Ann Egan, of Sumner, has been a leader for the Fremont Friends club for 40 years. She volunteered, along with many co-leaders over the years, to lead the club for her children, and she is still leading today for several of her grandchildren.  Ann has served at the county level on various committees over the years. In 2010, she led her club in securing a Pioneer Grant to revamp the floral building at the fairgrounds.

July 28, 2020

Spring is finally here and many gardens are being planted. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course. Food Preservation 101 is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

June 19, 2020

Interested in becoming a donor/Ag supporter to the upcoming Iowa State Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock shows being held 3 consecutive weekends in August? Check out the link below to get in on the fair special edition 4-H Livestock Shows.

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June 2, 2020

Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for ‘Healthy and Homemade’ meals while saving money and time in the kitchen.

Waterloo, Iowa – Many of us are preparing and eating more meals at home. Spending more time in the kitchen than you prefer? Spending more money at the grocery store too?

Learn strategies to manage your time and budget in the kitchen. These tried and true strategies are not only useful during a pandemic, but all the time! Who does not want to serve great-tasting, nutritious meals that do not require a lot of time or money?   

May 11, 2020

Over the past several weeks, many Iowans have been self-isolating to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. However, self-isolation can lead to increased loneliness and social isolation, particularly for older adults, according to Jeongeun Lee, an Iowa State University assistant professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies.  Because older adults are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, self-isolation is important for their safety during this pandemic. At the same time, social connection is important for their wellbeing.  “During ordinary times, any regular contact with family, neighbors, friends, faith communities and social services – such as meal delivery or home care assistance – can serve as important points of social contact and support. These can be a lifeline for social connection,” Lee said.

May 4, 2020

Series of 'quickinars' to showcase basic lessons related to home food production, starting with video on garden preparation

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant many changes and questions for everyone. More food preparation and mealtime at home, wading through the information of how to safely shop for groceries, and using the home as a classroom are all part of the mix.  On the positive side, the pandemic has renewed interest in gardening and food preservation. Gardening can improve food security, decrease the number of trips to the grocery store and provide a source of fresh, quality produce.

To help provide information to gardeners of all ages and skill levels, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting weekly Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep "quickinars." These quickinars will be 5-15 minute online lessons of seasonally appropriate topics for the garden, food preparation and food preservation.

April 22, 2020

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources.

April 13, 2020

Youth looking for a fun summer 4-H camp to attend need look no further than Pine Bluff 4-H Camp along the Upper Iowa River. Camp is for Junior's (grades 4-6) enrolled in 4-H. They are also looking for camp counselors in 9-12 grades.

April 13, 2020

Join us for a 4-H experience specifically designed for 4-H members in grades 6-8 for summer 2020.

April 8, 2020

The outbreak of COVID 19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, and closure of dine-in eating establishments have prompted many Iowans to cook at home for family meals. However, some have also found they were missing a few ingredients for some of their favorite recipes.

April 6, 2020

The 2020 Youth 4-H Conference to be held June 30-July 2 has been cancelled.  According to Haley Jones, Leadership & Civic Engagement Specialist from the State 4-H Office, “Both our state 4-H team and our Extension administration team consulted on this topic and we feel that it is the appropriate decision to make in light of COVID-19.”

State 4-H is looking into turning the Animal Science Round Up into a possible virtual experiences, so please stay tuned. Continue collecting “Pop Tabs for Jacy.” Turn them into the Fayette County Extension Office and we will make sure they get to the state office at some point in time.

March 31, 2020
Those certified as of Dec. 31, 2019, can retain their status through the end of December 2020.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has waived the deadline for pesticide applicators to meet recertification requirements, following a proclamation by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds March 22.  The waiver allows Iowa pesticide applicators who were certified as of Dec. 31, 2019, to retain their status through Dec. 31, 2020, and temporarily allows commercial certified pesticide applicators to continue to operate under a current company license without having to immediately submit proof of training or testing.

March 25, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- It's a common image: harried adults racing from workplace to home and back again, trying to fulfill work responsibilities, but wanting to be home with family. What happens when working adults have no place to race to, since work and home are the same place? As the COVID-19 pandemic turns homes into workplaces, how can Iowans best cope with the consequences? 

February 14, 2020

Several United States meat processors have recently announced their intention to process only pigs that are free of ractopamine. This has led to many questions about what it means to sell “ractopamine-free pigs.”

December 4, 2019

Iowa 4-H Program Specialist, Kendra Crooks shared she is thankful for Oelwein Middle School allowing a group of sixth graders to partake in new Iowa 4-H Mindfulness pilot program. The lessons first established the concept of mindfulness and its connection with stress management, relationships and overall personal well-being.

November 21, 2019

Fayette County 4-H members and families attended the Fayette County 4-H Movie/Awards Program on Saturday, November 16th at the Sumner Sunset Theater. Awards were presented to 4-H members and leaders. Here is the list of award recipients.

October 31, 2019

Over 80 middle school students from fourteen schools in eight counties participated in “Youth Voice in Action”, a regional youth summit hosted by a team of Iowa 4-H/ISU Extension and Outreach county and state staff. This summit provided middle school youth the opportunity to gain skills in communication and leadership so that they feel empowered to take action and use their voices to create positive change in their communities.

October 30, 2019

Farmers and landowners who want to increase pollinator habitat while also improving water quality should consider the benefits of saturated riparian buffers enhanced with native wildflowers. Establishing pollinator habitat within riparian zones, where the agricultural value is lower and where the conservation and wildlife benefits are likely high, can be a win-win.
 

October 9, 2019

Schools across the state are signing up to participate in Iowa Local Food Day on Oct. 11. They will serve two or more dishes of Iowa grown or raised foods to celebrate Iowa agriculture.

Forty-two school districts have already pledged to participate in the celebration. Local schools registered include Allamakee, Postville, Decorah, Central, New Hampton, Riceville and Oelwein.
 

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