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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach--Clayton County

Media Packet 2/3/16

Calendar of Events for Clayton County

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Scheduled Reshow 9:30 am Clayton county Extension & Outreach Office

Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Clover Kids Retreat 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Johnson’s Reception Hall Elkader

Holly Loan

Executive Coordinator

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach

ISU Extension and Outreach Goat Health Workshop in Edgewood A Huge Success

ISU Extension and Outreach held an informational meeting on factors affecting Goat Health for goat and small ruminant producers on January 26, 2016 at the Edgewood Locker Events Center. The meeting was well attended despite poor weather conditions. Over 40 goat, sheep, and deer producers from across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin attended.

Veterinarian Dr. Paul Plummer from Iowa State University presented information on issues during the kidding season as well as basic herd health information to produce a healthy goat. Producers appreciated his real world knowledge and application to factors affecting their operations. Jenn Bentley, Dairy Field Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, presented on colostrum management and how crucial colostrum quality and quantity is to the health of newborn kids. Joel Wacholz, a Big Gain nutritionist discussed the different kinds of milk replacer available and how to evaluate a quality milk replacer to achieve desired performance. Sara Benson with Merck Animal Health presented on parasite management in goat herds and how to responsibly choose which products to use based on the production cycle of the animal.

Producers asked many questions and the event ran long due to their thirst for information. The meeting was sponsored by Merck Animal Health, TechMix, Big Gain, Elanco Animal Health, Premier 1, Art’s Milling Service, Jennings Agri-Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. If you would like information on future educational meetings offered by the Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach office please contact Holly at 245-1451 or hloan@iastate.edu

Tammy Muller

County Youth Coordinator

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach

4-H Members Explore What 4-H Has to Offer

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, January 31 at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.  17 youth and their parents explored the 4-H town of “Cloverville”.  An overview of the 4-H & youth program was shared along with how to stay informed on what’s going on in the county program.  Youth were given project hot sheets and exhibit tip sheets for the 4-H project areas they are enrolled in. Breakout sessions included livestock, communications, special interest clubs, goal setting and 4-H online. The evening closed with a question and answer session.   The event was planned and organized by Extension staff, volunteers and the 4-H County Council.
Attending the new member orientation were Jordan Everitt, Strawberry Point, Marin Gaul, Strawberry Point; Nick Farmer, Strawberry Point; Derek Farmer, Strawberry Point; Kaylee Nuehring, Monona; Kyler Nuehring, Monona; Kaleb Nuehring, Monona;  Staci Herman, Elkport; Dakota Hamann, Strawberry Point;  Emily Hendrickson, Elkader, Katy Geuder, Elkader;  Lily Aulwes, Edgewood;  Claire Aulwes, Edgewood;  Ella Aulwes, Edgewood;  Brooke Hansel, Colesburg;  Hunter Grimm, Strawberry Point; and  Delbert Grimm, Strawberry Point.  Each received a key to the city of Cloverville.
For more information on the 4-H & Youth program visit

Workshop to Address the Strengths and Constraints of Farmland Drainage

Importance of all aspects of sub-surface drainage to be discussed

By Kapil Arora

Sub-surface drainage is an important part of agriculture in Iowa and a day-long workshop on March 11 will focus on topics of interest that have emerged around farmland drainage.

Farmland Drainage Workshop will be held in Osage, Iowa from 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post.

The morning session will focus on sub-surface drainage design concepts, wetland determinations, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the long-term benefits of tiling. The afternoon session will include discussions on economics, nutrient cycling in soils, controlled drainage, bioreactors, saturated buffers and managing drainage water quality with wetlands. Legal issues related to tiling and Iowa drainage laws also will be covered.

The workshop will also instruct attendees about environmental impacts and new technologies that may be useful in minimizing negative environmental impacts.  

“This program will provide information essential for designing and planning a new drainage system or retrofitting an existing system,” said Kapil Arora, field agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Additional speakers include Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach; Matt Helmers, professor and extension agricultural engineer in the Iowa State Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering; Mike Castellano, Iowa State University associate professor in agronomy; Jamie Benning, water quality program manager at ISU Extension and Outreach, and John Baker, administrator with the Beginning Famer Center at Iowa State University. USDA-NRCS drainage specialist Jim Gertsma and Chris Hay, senior environmental scientist with the Iowa Soybean Association, will also speak at this event.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau of Mitchell County, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Checkoff, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and various industry partners are sponsoring the program.

Industry representatives from Prinsco, ADS-Hancor, Midwest Plastic Products, and Agri-Drain will be available during the workshop to answer any questions. The workshop qualifies for Certified Crop Advisor credits, which have been applied for.

Registration is $50 before March 7 and $60 after that date. Workshop materials, morning refreshments and lunch are included.  Participants can
register by downloading and completing the form located at www.extension.iastate.edu/mitchell and making payment to Mitchell County Extension.  For more information, download the workshop brochure or call ISU Extension and Outreach in Mitchell County at 641-732-5574.