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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach--Clayton County

Media Packet 5/26/16

Calendar of Events for Clayton County

Thursday, June 2, 2016 -- Art-a-Palooza Day Camp 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Strawberry Point Civic Center

Monday, June 6, 2016 -- Art-a-Palooza Day Camp 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Guttenberg Creativity Center

Monday, June 6, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  Lights, Camera, Action Day Camp   Guttenberg Community Center

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 -- Lights, Camera, Action Day Camp 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Strawberry Point Civic Center

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 -- Family Wellness Series: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, June 9, 2016 -- Art-a-Palooza Day Camp 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts

Thursday, June 9, 2016 -- Lights, Camera, Action Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Camp   Monona High School Auditorium

Tammy Muller

Clayton County Extension Youth Coordinator

4-H Foundation to Hold Golf Tournament

The Clayton County 4-H Foundation is hosting a 2-person Best Shot Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 11 at the Elkader Golf Course & County Club.  The tournament will feature two flights, 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm with a dinner served from 4:30-5:30 pm.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Clayton County 4-H Endowment Fund. Contact the Clayton County Extension Office at 563-245-1451 for more information and to register for the tournament.

Shannon Durbin

Program Coordinator- Clayton County Extension

Clayton County Extension Participates in Music and Monarchs Festival

The ISU Extension and Outreach-Clayton County was an active partner in this year’s Music and Monarchs Festival on May 14. Several 4-H SpIn (Special Interest) Clubs lead activities in butterfly arts and pollination activities.

The Central Robotics 4-H Club (The Cyborg Narwhals) led a bee pollination activity where participants made toothbrush bots with a toothbrush head, battery, and mini motor. The bots then showed the bee waggle dance and followed a path to pollen.

The Clayton County Homeschoolers 4-H Club followed the STEM activity with Chromatography Wing butterflies. Participants walked away with a butterfly craft in which they used markers and water to separate organic material and create mixed color wings.

The Central Junior Food and Fitness 4-H Club (Jr. FFI) were the teachers in a pollination game in which flower cups were made with pastel chalks. Acting as a bee, participants moved around to various cups, taking there chalk dust with them and spreading it.

4-H member and exchange student, Karen Ito (Japan), along with friend and Olya Prots (Ukraine), finished up the day with teaching butterfly origami.

The ISU Extension and Outreach-Clayton County is an active community participant. SpIn clubs are open to all and are led by volunteers with similar interests. For more information in the Clayton County 4-H program contact the ISU Extension and Outreach- Clayton County at 563-245-1451 or sdurbin@iastate.edu.

Additional News Stories Released online by ISU Extension & Outreach

5/20/16 2016 Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth Is Aug. 2


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management program will host the sixth annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth on Aug. 2 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone at 1928 240th St.

5/23/16 Our Story: Intertwine - Yarn Bomb a Building, Engage a Community


People from 14 states contributed handmade squares to “yarn bomb” an Ames building. ISU Extension and Outreach specialist Jennifer Drinkwater explains the result: Intertwine, public art that engages Iowans. Watch the video.

5/23/16 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop Comes to Iowa


The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop will highlight the latest information on reproductive technologies in beef cattle.

5/23/16 Low-Income, Rural Mothers Express Need for Family Time Outdoors


Low-income mothers from rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being. But a new research paper co-authored by Iowa State University‘s Kimberly Greder demonstrates many of these families aren’t getting time together.

5/23/16 Course Offers Preventive Controls for Animal Food Certification for Feed Industry Individuals


The preventive controls and animal food safety plans course is a three-day program for individuals responsible for animal feed and feed ingredient safety at milling and processing facilities.

5/23/16 Identifying Ticks First Step in Preventing Lyme Disease


Understanding the different types of ticks that are found in the state and how to remove ticks if they become attached to a human or domestic animal is the focus of a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

5/24/16 Beneficial Insect to Be Released in Jefferson County to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer


Beneficial insects that will help battle the emerald ash borer, a highly destructive pest of ash trees, will be released in Jefferson County. Over the next few weeks several thousand stingless, parasitic wasps will be released at Whitham Woods near Fairfield, Iowa. This is the first release of the natural enemies of EAB in Iowa.

5/25/16 Yard and Garden: Dealing With Sycamore Tree Issues


The sycamore tree is one of Iowa’s largest trees, found mainly in the eastern and southern parts of the state. It’s a great tree to have on a landscape, but it can run into problems.

5/25/16 Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food Training to be held at ISU


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will provide FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food Training June 13-15 on the Iowa State campus.

5/25/16 Open Houses to Answer Questions on Hop Production


The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture will be hosting a pair of open houses to provide information and stimulate discussion about hop production in Iowa.

5/25/16 Spend Less Time in the Heat this Summer – for the Birds


Forgoing mowing in spring and delaying summer mowing allows sufficient time for Iowa’s breeding pheasants, quail, meadowlarks and 16 other common species of grassland-nesting birds to raise their young in nests they build during this time of the year.

5/25/16 Weed and Brush Management Field Day to look at Problems and Solutions


A weed and brush management field day June 22 will look at crops following cover crops and the latest on handling area weed pressures.

5/25/16 McNay Farm Weed and Brush Control Field Day to Emphasize Sericea Lespedeza


A June 21 weed and brush field day will focus on control of Sericea Lespedeza, a prevalent weed in southern Iowa that is becoming a bigger issue for producers.