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CLAYTON COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE CALENDAR – August 21, 2014

August

 27 Pasture Walk featuring high tensile fencing, 1:00 p.m.,  Andy Schaefers Farm, Garnavillo

28 Post Fair Meeting,  7:30 p.m., FreedomBank, Elkader

September 

1 Labor Day Holiday - Office Closed 

4 ISUEO Region 4 Program Showcase, 5:00 p.m., NE Iowa Dairy Center, Calmar

Ehlers Honored for Outstanding 4-H Exhibit

Recognition for an Outstanding Agriculture and Natural Resources Exhibit at the Iowa State Fair has been given to a Clayton County 4-H member.  Charlie Ehlers, Edgewood received the Judges’ Choice Award and the Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences “Future Discovery Award”. The award includes a $500 Scholarship to be awarded upon enrollment at Iowa State University in a Liberal Arts and Sciences College Major. The award is judged on exemplifying the innovation, curiosity, and scholarship foundational to a liberal arts and science education.  Charlie’s display was research and a poster on Polydactyl Cats. The project was exhibited in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair along with over 300 other entries.


 This division includes 8 classes, including Animal and Veterinary Science; Crop Production; Environment and Sustainability; Horticulture; Outdoor Adventures; and Safety and Education in Shooting Sports.  


 "These 4-H'ers have shown a mastery of the subject matter," said Mitchell Hoyer, program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Exhibits Building Superintendent.  "We are very proud of the accomplishments of these youths doing everything from growing a few peppers to turning your garden into a paying venture.”


 "We are very proud of the personal accomplishments of 4-H participants in this project area and the educational learning experiences they gain," said LuAnn Johansen, Assistant Director of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.


 Charlie is a member of the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club and this was his second year in 4-H. 
For more 4-H information, contact Clayton County ISU Extension office at
563-245-1451.

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Anderegg and Eiben Photography Exhibits Receive Special Honors

Medals have been awarded to Clayton County 4-H members Rachel Anderegg, Guttenberg and Matt Eiben, Colesburg.  These outstanding 4-H photography project awards are sponsored by The Professional Photographers of Iowa.  The projects were exhibited in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.  Rachel is a member of the Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club and has been enrolled in the photography project for six years. Matt is a member of the Mallory Minks 4-H club and has been enrolled in photography project for 3 years.


 "These 4-H'ers have demonstrated outstanding learning and ability in photography and the visual arts," said Ray Reynolds, 4-H Photography Iowa State Fair Superintendent.  "Their projects have allowed them to learn new techniques and try a variety of creative media."


 Iowa has more than 14,000 4-H'ers enrolled in photography, among the highest in the 50 states, according to Mitchell Hoyer, program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Exhibits Building Superintendent.


 "It's great that sponsors recognize and encourage youth to explore a wide variety of talents through 4-H projects," Hoyer said. "4-H members will be able to experience and experiment with different media through continued support."


 "We are very proud of the personal accomplishments of 4-H participants in this project area and the educational learning experiences they gain," said LuAnn Johansen, Assistant Director of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.


 For more 4-H information, contact Clayton County ISU Extension office at
563-245-1451.

Shirbroun Receives Recognition for Outstanding 4-H Citizenship Exhibit

Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg, received special recognition at the Iowa State Fair with his citizenship exhibit on Norman Borlaug.  His exhibit “An Iowa Farm Boy Who Became a Citizen of the World” was inspired by a recent 4-H Citizenship trip to Washington DC where Borlaug was recently honored.


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awarded ten scholarships of $500.00 each to 4-H members with outstanding exhibits representative of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors.
Andrey is a five year member of the St. Olaf Jr. Farmers

Clayton County 4-H'ers Participate in Livestock Showmanship Contests at Iowa State Fair

Fourteen Clayton County 4-H members participated in showmanship contests at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Kaitlyn Olson, a member of the Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H Club received a purple ribbon for her outstanding ability in the sheep showring.  Others from Clayton County all received blue ribbons.
 
"Most shows evaluate the animals, but the showmanship award reflects the 4-H member's ability to prepare and exhibit the animal in the show ring," said Tammy Muller, Clayton County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator.
 
Clayton County 4-H'ers participating were:
 

Tiffany Faust

Strawberry Point

Beef Showmanship Gr. 11-12

Blue

Andrea Glawe

Farmersburg

Beef Showmanship Gr. 11-12

Blue

Rylee Glawe

Farmersburg

Beef Showmanship Gr. 9-10

Blue

Gavin Hertrampf

Monona

Beef Showmanship Gr. 5-6

Blue

Mason Hertrampf

Monona

Beef Showmanship Gr. 7-8

Blue

Dalton Isaacs

Manchester

Beef Showmanship Gr. 7-8

Blue

Tayler Martins

Monona

Beef Showmanship Gr. 5-6

Blue

Chezney Priem

New Vienna

Beef Showmanship Gr. 5-6

Blue

Nick Putz

Edgewood

Beef Showmanship Gr. 9-10

Blue

Brady Olson

Luana

Sheep Showmanship - Intermediate

Blue

Kaitlyn Olson

Luana

Sheep Showmanship - Senior

Purple

Keaton Lane

Elkader

Swine Showmanship Gr. 9-12

Blue

Melanie Lane

Elkader

Swine Showmanship Gr. 7-8

Blue

Maria Medberry

Volga

Swine Showmanship Gr. 5-6

Blue

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Clayton County 4-H'ers Exhibit Livestock at Iowa State Fair

23 Clayton County 4-H youth showed livestock during the Iowa State Fair.
 
"Youth gain so many positive skills by exhibiting livestock," Mike Anderson, 4-H agriculture superintendent said. "The dedication, responsibility, decision-making and leadership they develop can prepare them for careers that use these skills."

ClaytonCounty exhibitors placed as follows:
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Shorthorn Beef Heifer      Purple
Andrea Glawe            Farmersburg             Commercial Beef Heifer     Blue
Andrea Glawe            Farmersburg             Shorthorn Beef Heifer      Blue
Rylee Glawe              Farmersburg             Crossbred Steers               Blue
Gavin Hertrampf       Monona                   Crossbred Steers            Blue
Mason Hertrampf      Monona                   Crossbred Steers                 Blue
Dalton Isaacs            Manchester               Crossbred Steers           Blue
Tayler Martins           Monona                   Crossbred Steers              Blue
Chezney Priem          New Vienna              Crossbred Steers            Blue
Nick Putz                  Edgewood                 Crossbred Steers              Blue
Gavin Hertrampf       Monona    Beef of Merit - High Cutability Grid Market     Blue
Mason Hertrampf      Monona    Beef of Merit - High Quality Grid Market        Blue
Dalton Isaacs            Manchester  Beef of Merit - High Cutability Grid Market   Blue
Tayler Martins           Monona    Beef of Merit - High Quality Grid Market        Purple
Chezney Priem          New Vienna  Beef of Merit - High Quality Grid Market     Blue
Nick Putz                  Edgewood  Beef of Merit - High Cutability Grid Market    Blue
Bobby Lang              McGregor          Milking Shorthorn Sr. 3 Yr. Old Cows     Purple
Bobby Lang              McGregor          Milking Shorthorn Sr. Calf                    Blue
Catie Lang               McGregor          Milking Shorthorn Sr. 2 Yr. Old Cows     Blue
Nolin Lang               McGregor          Milking Shorthorn Jr. 2 Yr. Old Cows     Purple
Emily Amundson       Elgin                Dog Rally Class - Grades 10-12             Blue
Emily Amundson       Elgin                Dog Senior Handling - Group 1             Blue
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Rabbit Meat Pen                       Purple
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Junior Doe Commercial               Blue
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Junior Doe Commercial               Purple; Best of Variety; Best of Breed
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Intermediate Buck Commercial     Purple;   Best Opposite Sex of Group; Best Opposite Sex of Variety
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Junior Buck Commercial              Blue
Tiffany Faust            Strawberry Point        Junior Doe Commercial               Purple;   Best of Variety
Laci Orr                    Elkader                    Senior Doe Fancy      Blue; Best of Breed
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Junior Buck Fancy   Purple;  Best of Breed
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Junior Buck Fancy                      Blue
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Junior Doe Fancy                      Purple;  Best Opposite Sex of Breed
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Junior Buck Fancy      Purple;   Best of Variety; Best of Breed
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Single Fryer                              White
Natalie Palmersheim   Strawberry Point        Rabbit Roaster                          Purple
Brady Olson             Luana       Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 2    Blue
Brady Olson             Luana       Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 1    Blue
Kaitlyn Olson            Luana       Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 1    Purple; Champion Black Face Div. 1
Kaitlyn Olson            Luana       Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 2    Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg  Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 1     Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg  Sheep Black Face Commercial Ewe - Div. 3       Blue
Brady Olson             Luana              Market Lambs                                  Blue
Brady Olson             Luana              Market Lambs                                  Blue
Kaitlyn Olson            Luana              Market Lambs                                  Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg      Market Lambs                              Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg      Market Lambs                            Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg      Market Lambs                       Blue
Mackenzie Vlazny      Farmersburg      Market Lambs                   Blue
Joseph Boehm          Elgin                 Commercial Gilts                  Blue
Madalyn Boehm       Elgin                 Commercial Gilts                 Blue
Keaton Lane             Elkader            Commercial Gilts                     Blue
Melanie Lane            Elkader            Chester White Gilts Purple; Champion Chester White Gilt
Melanie Lane            Elkader            Commercial Gilts                                         Blue
Melanie Lane            Elkader            Commercial Gilts                                         Blue
Maria Medberry         Volga                       Commercial Gilts                           Blue
 
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Pasture Walk to Feature Pasture Management for Dairy

ISU Extension & Outreach will host a pasture walk near Garnavillo from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 at the Andy Schaefers’ dairy farm.  Andy grazes 118 cross-breeds and will lead attendees on a walking tour with a focus on remote paddocks for bred heifers with incorporated water lines and high tensile fencing.  Pasture management will be discussed with the group and Clayton County NRCS will be available to answer questions.  


The pasture walk is located at 25037 Lake Rd., Garnavillo.  From Garnavillo, go east on C17 3.5 miles, then south on 232 Street for 1.1 mile, then south on Lake Rd. for 2.3 miles.  Farm is on the right
The Northeast Iowa Graziers plan pasture walks to local farms to help producers learn how better pasture management can result in healthier profits and a healthier environment.  The walks are organized by area graziers and supported by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.


Pasture walks are informal educational programs designed to demonstrate one or two key areas of pasture management, as well as answer any questions you might have.  Each has a slightly different focus and all producers who are dependent on forage production are invited to attend to improve their own pasture management.

Sandy Ruckhaber Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Sandy Ruckhaber of Luana was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Eighty-two counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.


Sandy has had a passion for horses and all things connected to horses all her life.  As soon as her daughter, Suzie, was old enough she joined 4-H and along the way Sandy got involved with helping the other 4-H members with their horse projects. Through the years Sandy has given many horse clinics and helped with the county fair horse show. During the past 15 years Sandy has been involved with the Great Strides of Northeast Iowa Therapeutic Riding Program. This a horseback riding program for physically and mentally challenged children and adults. She hopes to continue to help 4-H Horse Project members for as long as she can.


Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Tammy Muller, Clayton County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator.   Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who are committed to Iowa’s youth and the 4-H Youth Development program,” said Chris Gleason, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.


The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.


Information about the 2014 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website,
https://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/organized by year and by county.

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