Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 12/8/16

Thursday, December 15, 2016

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Commercial Ag Pesticide CIC RESHOW  Clayton County Extension Office

Saturday, December 17, 2016

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM  4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh In   Edgewood Sales Commission

Sunday, December 18, 2016

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Clayton County 4-H County Council Meeting Clayton County Extension Office

Jennifer Bentley

Dairy Specialist

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach



Iowa State Extension and Outreach will hold Dairy Days in January and February

Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to hear Iowa State University Extension specialists share information on emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations.

At this year’s program, producers will learn about colostrum quality, millionaire model dairies, woodland and wildlife opportunities, successful farm transitions, forages, and balancing SCC and milk quality decisions.

Dairy Days will be offered at these locations in January and February: Riceville, Calmar, Waverly, Bloomfield, Kalona, Holy Cross, and Ryan. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3:00 p.m. The $15 registration fee includes the meal and proceedings costs. Pre-registration is requested by the Friday before each event to reserve a meal. Vouchers may be available from local agri-service providers or veterinarians.

For more information contact Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 563-245-1451.

Create Mini-Aquaponics System for Growing Fresh Produce

ISU Extension and Outreach specialist to help participants understand aquaponics possibilities

Article | Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:17 | By Allen Pattillo ; Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist; 515-294-8616

AMES, Iowa – Traditional gardens require planting in the spring and attention in the summer before yielding a harvest. But gardening in January? It’s possible through aquaponics.

Aquaponics differs from traditional methods of growing produce by recirculating water from fish back to plants, cleaning the water and capturing nutrients plants need to grow. Aquaponics can be done on a variety of scales from the bench-top hobby system to commercial sized operations that span acres.

Allen Pattillo, fisheries and aquaponics specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will lead a mini-aquaponics workshop for all ages on Jan. 28, 2017, at the Story County Conservation Center near McFarland Park in Ames, Iowa. The event will run from 2-4 p.m., with attendees building a mini-aquaponics system that can be used to grow lettuce and herbs.

Amanda Chung, student services specialist with Iowa State's Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, will assist in leading the workshop. Jay Staker, program manager with ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development, is promoting youth involvement in this workshop by providing scholarships to defer the registration costs.

This workshop will allow participants to develop an understanding of how aquaponics systems are designed and the natural processes that make it work,” said Pattillo. “This is a technology that isn’t going away, but is actually growing globally. There are self-sustaining businesses based on aquaponics in warmer parts of the United States, and new businesses are popping up across the Midwest.

"The quality of produce is exceptional and accelerated plant growth rates increase food production, especially in food deserts located around urban areas. This technology enables people to grow fresh produce right next to population centers without the space and resources needed for a traditional farming operation.”

Participants will be charged per aquaponics unit completed, with a fee of $56 for adults and $15 for youth under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The reduced youth rate is thanks to a partnership with 4-H. The registration fee includes all supplies to make an aquaponics system except goldfish, fish food and water conditioner.

Those interested in participating may register online. Registration and fee payment is required by 4 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2017.

The following news releases have been published on the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website.

12/6/16 Local Dairy Days Feature Profitable Dairy Practices


Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 16 and Feb. 2.

12/6/16 2017 Visioning Communities Selected


Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2017.

12/5/16 Margrett Named American Psychological Association Fellow


Jennifer Margrett’s outstanding contributions to the field of psychology have earned her fellow status in the American Psychological Association. The director of Iowa State University’s interdepartmental gerontology program also works with ISU Extension and Outreach.

12/5/16 Create Mini-Aquaponics System for Growing Fresh Produce


Traditional gardens require planting in the spring and attention in the summer before yielding a harvest. But gardening in January? It’s possible through aquaponics. Learn how at a workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

12/1/16 Contact Iowa Concern for Help with Financial Stress


December can be the season for financial stress, but Iowans don’t have to take on that stress by themselves. Iowa Concern, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help – with a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website available 24/7 at no charge.

12/1/16 Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays


Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective. Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips for parents on how to avoid overindulging their children.