County News

November 14, 2019

Swine producers and allied industry have the opportunity to learn what the state and federal response might include in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak in the U.S., and how they can individually prepare for such an outbreak on their farm. The workshop will be held Monday, December 2, 1 to 4 pm at the Dike Public Library, 133 E. Elder Street in Dike, according to ISU Extension Swine Specialist, Mark Storlie.

November 11, 2019

Fayette County 4-H members and families are invited to the Fayette County 4-H Movie/Awards Program being held this Saturday, November 16th at the Sumner Sunset Theater. Doors will open at 9:30 am with the movie starting promptly at 10 am. The movie is free and each attendee will be given a coupon for a small popcorn and small pop. Other concessions will also be available for a fee.

November 8, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host eleven Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings from November 2019 through March 2020, including one in Fayette, on Nov. 14. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). The cost for the workshop is $20 for Iowa residents and $120 for out-of-state growers.

Get more information at or call 515-294-6773.

November 7, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a pair of “Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management” meetings as a part of their annual Dairy Directions program on Saturday, December 14. The meetings will be held at the ISU Extension and Outreach, Sioux County office in Orange City and the Keystone AEA in Elkader. The programs will focus on managing forages, utilizing health strategies, improving milk quality, implementing business practices and dealing with the challenges of managing dairy goats. There will also be a producer panel at both events. All dairy goat producers are welcome.

November 1, 2019

Life is not about money — but how people manage their money impacts their quality of life, their family’s life and the life of their community. An upcoming workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the tools Iowans need to work toward financial goals. “Your Money, Your Future begins November 19 in Oelwein,” said Debra Kahler, Fayette County Extension Office Manager.

November 1, 2019

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field. Agronomy in the Field for women is in its fifth year and has been offered at several locations across the state. The goals of Agronomy in the Field are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.

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

Before harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders and suppliers are already planning ahead for next year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists will offer valuable insight on key factors impacting 2020 operating decisions at 13 Pro-Ag Outlook and Management Seminars to be held across the state in November and December. Each three-hour seminar includes information on grain price outlook and global factors to watch, livestock prices and margins, as well as farmland operating margins, outlook and trends.

October 30, 2019

The butterfly is the featured highlight of the 2020 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar, available for purchase through the ISU Extension Store , and at the Fayette County Extension Office, 218 South Main in Fayette. This 12-month calendar showcases the beauty and importance of this colorful, welcome visitor to backyards and gardens across Iowa.

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.

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.

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.

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