Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 2/14/19

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Clover Kid Day - Buck-a-Roo Bash, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Johnson's Reception Hall, Elkader

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Extension Office, Elkader

4-H Members Enjoy Archery Day

Fayette and Clayton County 4-H Shooting Sport members joined together on February 9 at the Echo Valley Archers indoor practice area and range, located at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.  SESS Certified instructors Blake Gamm from Fayette County and Dawn Amundson from Clayton County led group discussion which included Archery Range safety prior to the youth entering the practice area. Attending from Clayton County were Crystal Goodrich, Korey Schantz and Keaton Klingman. Once in the practice area the youth then practiced hitting the bulls eye targets.  Once this skill was mastered, the group then moved into the range in which they had a great time hitting the 3D targets.

4-H Shooting Sports is open to all youth 4th grade through 12th grade. If you are interested in getting involved as a youth participate, adult volunteer or would like more information on the Clayton County 4-H program please contact the Clayton County Extension Office by calling 563-245-1451.


Clayton County 4-H members enjoy archery shoot in West Union. Attending were Crystal Goodrich, Elkader; Dawn Amundson, SESS Instructor; Korey Schantz, Strawberry Point and Keaton Klingman, Strawberry Point.

4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction to be Held March 10

The annual Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction will be Sunday, March 10 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. Serving will be from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council & Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee.  The menu includes egg omelets with your choice of ham, cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, or onion. Toast, blueberry muffins, fruit, applesauce, orange juice, milk & coffee will also be served.  Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the Clayton County Extension Office, 120 S Main Street, Elkader. Proceeds will be used to maintain & promote 4-H & Youth activities in Clayton County.


Annie's Project Offers ‘Managing for Today and Tomorrow’ Program Series Focused on Estate Management and Succession Planning


It is often hard to talk about passing the family farm on to the next generation. A program offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton County can support farms and farm women with those decisions.
Managing for Today and Tomorrow is a five-session course designed especially to help farm women learn about the four components that create a successful transition—succession, business, estate, and retirement planning. Clayton County will offer the course beginning Thursday, March 7, 2019 and continuing March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4. Online registration is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag
Managing for Today and Tomorrow, is a special Annie's Project course developed at the request of past participants and provides additional information related to transition planning. Farm women of all ages can learn how to plan for the successful transition of their farm business from this generation to the next generation.
During the five-week course, participants will be provided with resources and activities to help make decisions for successful business transitions. There will be in-class activities and discussions based on participant questions, as well as follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.
Melissa O’Rourke, Farm and Business Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa, has been educating Iowans on the importance of transition and estate planning. “Women that come to Managing for Today and Tomorrow are particularly interested in thinking about the future of their farm business,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke emphasizes the importance of getting involved in your farm business. “Whatever age, whatever stage you are involved in in the farm business, or whatever kind of ag business, get involved, start learning now, start making those plans now,” she said. “Years from now, you’ll be glad you did.”
Managing for Today and Tomorrow is being offered at the Keystone AEA, 1400 Second St NW, in Elkader beginning on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. beginning March 7. The cost is $75 per person. A light lunch will be served after the class at 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact Holly Loan at 563-245-1451, or e-mail hloan@iastate.edu. Register online at www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag
“Offering a quality program such as Managing for Today and Tomorrow is of great benefit to our community and we are excited to offer this program to women in the Clayton County area,” said Holly Loan, Clayton County Executive Coordinator.
Managing for Today and Tomorrow courses are offered in several locations across Iowa with the support of the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Services of America, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Course Offered March 6

Clayton County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.
The local attendance site is ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County Office, 120 S Main Street, Elkader. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  The registration fee is $35. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Clayton County by phoning 563-245-1451
The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 3O, 3T, 3OT, and 10. The IDALS-required topics to be covered include recognition of sensitive areas as potentially impacted by pesticides, worker protection standard and restricted entry intervals, pesticide labels, and pests and pest management. Pest and pest management topics (including pesticides) include warm season grassy weeds; ant control on golf courses and in ornamental planting beds; growth regulators on athletic fields; moles and how to control them; mulching trees in the urban environment; controlling weeds around urban landscapes; and evergreen tree disease management.
Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses being offered by the PSEP team can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/psep.


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2/11/19 Nashua Annual Meeting to Highlight Ag Trade, Water Quality, Research


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2/11/19 Beginning Field Crop Scouts Encouraged to Attend School March 30


The day-long program is designed for beginning crop scouts as a preparation for growing season field scouting.

2/11/19 Five States Will Send Youth to Regional Crop Scouting Event


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2/11/19 Master Gardener Impact Felt across Iowa


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners are forces for positive change in their communities. Master Gardeners are helping to grow healthier, happier and more equitable communities by volunteering.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news releases are available online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/.