County News

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 6, 2020

Equip yourself and others to be financially empowered

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a live, online workshop (resource materials sent via e-mail) on Wednesdays, May 20 and 27, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Cost is $20.  Register today!

May 4, 2020

Learn the latest information in dairy nutrition and management by attending the virtual 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 10. It will be the same program as in the past, but in a virtual setting. All presentations will be recorded and available to participants for 60 days after the conference.

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 29, 2020

The Master Gardener Plant Sale planned for next Saturday has been cancelled due to restrictions with Covid-19.

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.

April 1, 2020

The Iowa State 4-H Office cancelled all swine, sheep and meat goat weigh-ins across the state. Our number one priority for Iowa 4-H is the safety of our own staff, 4-H volunteers, 4-H families and partners. We take serving Iowan's seriously and actions like these demonstrate our commitment to the health and safety of our community and staff.

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? 

March 23, 2020

Attending a face to face class or completing the online course is mandatory in order to show your livestock at the 2020 Fayette County Fair or Iowa State Fair. Horse, pet and dog exhibitors do not require YQCA certification.

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

Open enrollment for health insurance plans takes place during October, November and December each year. Employer plans, private insurance policies and social programs publish changes to costs and policy coverage. “It’s important to review your options to determine which policy will best meet your health care needs for the next 12 months,” says Joyce Lash, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

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