County News

August 27, 2019

During National 4-H Week, Michele has planned a project workshop for 4-H members 4th grade and older to be held on Monday, October 7. This workshop on how to make a splatter screen pumpkin will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Extension Office meeting room. Cost is $5 per person and is limited to the first 20 individuals. Pre-registration is required by calling the Extension Office at 563-425-3331 no later than Tuesday, September 10 so adequate supplies can be ordered.

Be watching for more 1 1/2 -2 hour workshops to be held throughout the upcoming 4-H year.

August 27, 2019

Fayette 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.

August 20, 2019

"Youth in grades 9-12 who compete in the 4-H fashion classes at the Fayette County Fair can be awarded a special recognition opportunity to participate in the state fair Awardrobe Clothing Event.” said Michele Kelly, County Youth Coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach Fayette County office. Val Boleyn, Elgin and Jocelyn Kuker, West Union represented Fayette County in the runway clothing classes at the Iowa State Fair.”

August 20, 2019

4-H members compete in three categories of oral communication: educational presentations, working exhibits, extemporaneous speaking, and one category of visual communication. In educational presentations, the 4-H members teach their audience about a topic they selected and researched. In working exhibits, the exhibitors invite passers-by to try a skill they demonstrate. In extemporaneous speaking, the 4-H members prepare a speech in 30 minutes and deliver it to an audience. In poster communication, they convey a message visually.

August 20, 2019

Fayette County 4-H members participated in livestock showcase events during the Iowa State Fair.  "Youth gain so many positive skills by exhibiting livestock," Mike Anderson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth program specialist and 4-H agriculture superintendent explained. "The dedication, responsibility, decision-making skills, and leadership they develop can prepare them for careers that use these skills."

August 14, 2019

Fayette 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 14, 2019

Bill Dohrmann, formerly of Fayette and currently of Iowa City, is this year’s Fayette County Hall of Fame recipient. Bill grew up as a Hamilton Go-Getters 4-H member in Franklin county. He showed Angus, Shorthorn, and Hereford baby beef along with the South Down and Hampshire lambs. To this day, Bill shares his excitement in winning his first ever ribbon while showing his baby beef. As a 4-H'er Bill was a member of the 1959 National Livestock judging team which competed in Chicago.

July 26, 2019

Sustainable beef cow production in Iowa is becoming increasingly critical as Iowa grows its fed cattle industry and other beef markets, while at the same time looking for alternative land use on fragile acres prone to soil erosion. Competition from volatile grain prices and recreational land uses has reduced pasture and forage acres by more than 2 million acres (88% decrease) in just two decades, while beef cow numbers in the state have declined only 14% according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. As Iowa beef producers strive to raise more cattle on fewer acres, numerous alternative management strategies are being employed.

July 8, 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.

June 26, 2019

After a cold winter and long cool spring, summer is here. Temperatures will be in the mid 90s this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and with all the precipitation we have had, the humidity will be elevated as well. Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues.

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.

May 20, 2019

Students aren’t sure what to expect when they come into a room with a “Funeral Home” station complete with candles, flowers and a black tablecloth set up in the corner. “This is definitely not your typical lecture about dating violence,” says Rhonda Evans, Program Assistant for Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL), a program on the Iowa State campus dedicated to educating 7th-12th grade students across Iowa about important topics that will significantly impact their lives. Students appreciate this engaging, hands-on approach to learning. Under the leadership of Parenting: It’s a Life Outreach Coordinator Jo Ann Lee, PIAL purchased and enhanced “In Their Shoes” which is a simulation developed by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence that allows students to walk in the shoes of someone who is experiencing teen dating violence in an unhealthy relationship. Although the names have been changed, the stories are real. One of the characters in “In Their Shoes” is named Cara but is based on the true story of Dayna Fure who was killed by her ex-boyfriend ten days before her 18th birthday.

March 18, 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.

January 11, 2019

Fifty youth from 17 counties participated in Beef Blast in December in which 100 percent of the youth attending gained new knowledge in beef quality and yield grading; 78 percent gained new knowledge in beef selection and evaluation; 84 percent gained new knowledge in beef management; 66 percent gained new knowledge in advocacy; and 91 percent gained new knowledge about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the department of animal science. Ayla Moss, West Union and Alexis Steffens from Clermont both attended from Fayette County.

November 29, 2018

Nearly 60 middle school youth, from nine different schools and across six Iowa counties met at Upper Iowa University on November 16 to pilot the leadership and civic engagement experience, “Youth Voice in Action.” The program was put on by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach State 4-H staff in partnership with county Extension staff from Region 4.

November 9, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener training has ended for the year in Fayette County, with 15 participants completing training. Trainees learned about a wide variety of gardening topics and received instruction from both ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and trained Master Gardeners.

October 24, 2018

Five members of the Harlan Fremont 4-H cub from Fayette County worked together throughout the summer in making six "ugly quilts" aka sleeping bags for the homeless in which they recently delivered and donated the Ugly Quilts to the Salvation Army in Waterloo.

September 21, 2018

County Council members relax under the shade tree after helping 22 Maple Crest residents enjoy a backyard bbq under the gazebo located to the north end of the Maple Crest campus. Despite the heat the residents enjoyed being outside eating their lunches which consisted of grilled hamburger or brat, potato, fruit and applesauce salad, chips and choice of dessert. During the meal the residents enjoyed chatting with the 4-H council members about their 4-H projects.

September 21, 2018

On Sunday, September 16, members of the Growing Greener 4-H Greenhouse hosted a “kids event” in which 40 persons attended to learn more about the importance of saving our soil.

September 21, 2018

North Fayette Valley 6th grade youth enjoyed a two day event at Beulahland in which Michele Kelly, CYC led them in team building exercises.

The goal was to work as a team to build the largest tower using only balloons and masking tape. As you can see in the photo a lot of fun was had by the 6th grade youth and overall they did a great job participating as a team.

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