County News

May 2, 2021

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar focusing on “Disbudding Management” June 2, 2021, from noon to 1:15 p.m.  Over the last several years, the Iowa State University Dairy Goat Welfare team has performed a series of kid disbudding project to evaluate alternate approaches to traditional heat disbudding and pain mitigation approaches.

April 30, 2021

The Big Four Fair will hold the 100th Annual Fair June 18-20, 2021 at Postville, Iowa. The Big Four Fair dates back to the organization of the Big Four Farmers Institute and has grown to the four county fair that it is today. This gives every exhibitor the privilege of competing with entries from our four county area.

April 9, 2021

The State 4-H Council is excited to host the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference this summer, June 29-July 1 in Ames on the Iowa State University campus. The theme is “Quest to be your Best!” The youth conference will look different than usual as the council works to accommodate our youth safely for this experience. 

April 1, 2021

Again this year, in addition to town candidates having the chance to run for Fayette County Fair Queen other interested girls will also have the chance. This is a great opportunity for all girls with community and fair involvement to have a chance to compete for the title of fair queen or fair princess!

Candidates need to be at least 16 years of age and not more than 21 years of age on August 12, 2021 (the first day of the Iowa State Fair). Applications can be requested from Fayette County Fair Queen Contest Coordinator, Renee Larson, at 563-4227671 or via email at If you are interested please contact Renee right away to receive the application information. 

March 10, 2021

Fayette County 4-H Council hosted a project workshop helping 4-H members prepare “Healthy Snacks.” The group of participants, six youth, 4th through 8th grade, were very interested in learning how to select healthy recipes, how to properly measure ingredients and how to mix ingredients together. The participants were thrilled that they each got to mix up their own recipe to take home to share with their family members to enjoy!

March 10, 2021

Members of the Fayette County 4-H Council helped Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Story Coordinator, Becky Rea, create a video on the Digestive System that will be sent to school classrooms for youth to learn about bovine (cattle) digestion. While making the video, each of the six council members served as a part of the digestive system starting at the mouth and ending at the large intestine.  Dairy Story is normally a one-day, hands-on learning experience at Iowa’s Dairy Center located on Northeast Iowa Community College campus in Calmar. School aged youth come to campus to engage in four morning sessions, a barn tour, making ice cream and playing dairy trivia in the afternoon. To bring this opportunity to your classroom virtually, or schedule an in person visit, please contact Becky Rea at 563-568-6345.

March 2, 2021

Junior 4-H members…Come join us for tons of fun, adventures galore, and lifelong friendships from northeast Iowa. Summer 4-H Camps will be held at Ewalu Camp located west of Strawberry Point.  We are also looking for camp counselors in 9-12 grades.

March 2, 2021

Join us for a 4-H experience specifically designed for 4-H members in grades 6-8 for summer 2021.

February 3, 2021

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.”  The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads.  The podcast will feature information and interviews with ISU Extension and Outreach field ag engineers and others with expertise in engineering and environmental issues in agriculture

November 13, 2020

Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) recently contributed $550 to Iowa State Extension and Outreach to support 4-H in Fayette County. The donation will help fund work at the 4-H Clover Café on the Fayette County fairgrounds.  The Clover Café is a renovated addition to the fairgrounds and money still is being raised for the project. The donation from the Decorah office of FCSAmerica will help cover plumbing costs and the purchase of picnic tables.

October 9, 2020

Fayette County 4-H'ers and community members "Walked for Wellness" on October 7 as part of the state’s healthiest walk initiative. Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator states, “Although we were a rather small group, believe me we were nothing but mighty as the 6 individuals trekked over 2 miles, within an hour.” Registration began at the Extension Office in Fayette.  The group decided that the route we would be walking would be Fayette’s west trail. The group left from behind the Fayette County Extension Office, headed towards the trail passing by the newly painted Freedom Rock and out to Klocks Island park located on the west edge of Fayette along Hwy 93. We swooped the park loop, got back on the trail and headed back to the office. Andy, a member of the Harlan Fremont 4-H club and his parents joined the group and as we returned Andy replied, “This was the best day ever. You picked a great day to conduct this walk.” Others chimed in and agreed with him.

Pedometers were made available by Iowa 4-H and given to the participants. Michele Kelly encourages others to stop in at the Extension Office, 218 South Main, Fayette to pick up one of the leftover pedometers. 

Pictured: Katrina Lane, Andy Nelson, Michael Mahoney, LeAnn Popenhagen, Patricia Baumler and Michele Kelly

September 23, 2020

Students Kindergarten through 12th grade can join 4-H anytime during the school year, but it is to their advantage to join as soon as possible to get all the benefits 4-H provides.  4-H is a place where youth are given many opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility and develop life skills they need and to last them a lifetime. 

September 23, 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 Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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