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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 8/15/19      

 Thursday, August 22, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM   Master Conservationist training   Elkader/Clayton County

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM   Dairy Design Workshop   Garnavillo/Clayton County

Thursday, September 5, 2019

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM   Master Conservationist training   Elkader/Clayton County  (continuation)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Journey Thru Parkinson's Disease   Guttenberg/Clayton County


MFL Mar Mac Teen Leadership and Team Building Workshop Presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County

Leadership training was held at MFL Mar-Mac High School on August 13th. Peggy Schilling, K – 12 Program Coordinator, and Kendra Crooks, State Youth Field Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, worked together to present the training to students who are active members in the National Honor Society, SODA, Student Council, Class Officers, and FFA. These youth attended this five-hour workshop learning thru several activities focused on belonging, leadership attitude, communicating, and decision making. The day concluded with students brainstorming different service projects and activities they would like to incorporate into the school year. If you would like to learn more about this program or other programs offered by ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County please visit our website at www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton or call our office at 245-1451.

A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease

For immediate release:  

For questions contact: Holly Loan, Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach, 563-245-1451, hloan@iastate.edu or  Cindy Thompson, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life, 641-229-6655, cpthom08@iastate.edu 

Learn about Effects, Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed.  Often people in early stages of Parkinson’s disease assume their symptoms are part of normal aging or are due to other health problems they may have, such as arthritis.  However, early Parkinson’s disease symptoms may not be that apparent and may even come and go. Frequently it is the spouse or other relatives who first notice slight problems with a loved one’s movements.   

To learn about Parkinson’s disease, its effects, and possible treatments, register now to participate in “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease” an educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.    Clayton County Extension, along with Iowa State’s Department of Kinesiology, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, and the Parkinson’s Awareness Group of Clayton County are sponsoring the series in Guttenberg beginning September 10 2019. 

The educational series consists of three, 1-hour sessions held every other week.  Cindy Thompson, a Human Sciences Specialist in family life, will lead the classes, which include interactive lessons, discussions, and activities. Sessions are scheduled for September 10, 17 and 24 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Guttenberg Municipal hospital. There is a no fee for the program but registration by September 6 is required. For more information or register, contact Janet Hefel with the Parkinson’s Awareness Group of Clayton County at  563-252-3518 or Cindy Thompson with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at 641-229-6655/cpthom08@iastate.edu.       

   “You will learn about the signs of Parkinson’s disease and how to seek medical care, as well as the cause of the disease and how specific treatments work.  You will also learn about alternative therapies and in-home activities that can delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease, which is very important for continuing to live a full and happy life,” said Thompson. 




     Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $243,849 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point, Mike Monroe, Postville and Mike Loecke, Manchester. 

     The average price of 75 head of market beef was $1.68 per pound.  The top selling market beef sold for $2.45/pound. 161 head of swine sold for an average price of $1.68 per pound. The top selling swine brought $3.70 per pound.   The high price paid for lambs was $2.80 per pound. 25 head of sheep averaged $2.17 per pound. The high price paid for a meat goat was $5.10 per pound with 19 head of meat goats averaging $2.92 per pound.

     In addition to the beef, hogs, and lambs, the exhibitors also sold meat rabbits and poultry at the county fair auction.  The highest price paid was $60.00 for a rabbit and the top poultry lot sold for $340. 

2019 auction buyers included:

Freedom Bank 

Luana Savings Bank

Larry Gaul

A+ Distributing

Kendrick Forest Products

Harold Schilling

Edgewood Feed Mill

Community Savings Bank

Bodensteiner Implement

Silver Edge Co-op

Joe Shirbroun - Pioneer Seed

Postville Veterinary Clinic

Peoples State Bank

Fitzgerald Inc.

Farmer's Savings Bank

C & L Drainage

Central State Bank 

Swales Pre-Cast

Watters Farm

Fuelling Trucking

Edgewood Locker 

Edgewood Convelescent Homes

Matt Wessels

Old "20" Auction

Edgewood Farm & Home

Timmerman Construction

Driven Embryo Service

Tony's Wadena Locker

Bruns & James Insurance

Ben Putz

Bloomington Livestock

Innovative Energy

Midwest Pumping LLC

Del Clay Farm Equipment

Meuser Lumber

Strawberry Building Supply

Citizen's State Bank

Final Electric

Walters Farm

Bond’s Tax Service

Arlen Nuehring

Lisa Hinzman – Images By Lisa

DNA Genetics - Todd Stump

Chris Funk

Vita Plus

Eric Cherne

Clayton Lighthouse

Pineview Farms

Clayton County 4-H Foundation

Brian Kann/Channel Seed

DJ Keehner Farms

Lil Bit Of Country

Brenda Murray

Edgewood Livestock Commission

Howe’s Club Calves

Nading Farms

Lucky Acres DairyGoats

Larry Moore

Clayton County 4-H Members Exhibit at the Iowa State Fair

Clayton County 4-H members exhibits were on display in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair this month. More than 3800 exhibits were displayed this year, showcasing excellence in project area learning by 4-H members across the state of Iowa. Divisions young people may exhibit in include agriculture and natural resources, creative arts, family and consumer sciences, personal development, and science, mechanics & engineering. 

“Each exhibit is an outgrowth of year-long project area work done by the 4-H member,” explains Mitchell Hoyer, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth development program specialist. “The exhibits display at the Iowa State Fair is a celebration of the educational and personal accomplishments of our Iowa 4-H members. It is a way for our members to share what they’ve learned with the public.”

"During the 4-H program year, members set goals for themselves, and their exhibits receive placings based on how well they’ve met their goals and on the evaluation standards for each class,” said Tammy Muller, County Youth Coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County office. “We're pleased to announce that these 4-H members have received special recognition for their hard work by having their exhibits on display at the Iowa State Fair.”

Clayton County 4-H State Fair Exhibitors:

Ag & Natural Resources:                                                                                                                                                            Keaton Klingman, Strawberry Point, Blue                                                                                                                                                Ashley Wessels, Aurora, Red Mackenzy Ruff, Garnavillo, Red

Veterinary Science:                                                                                                                                                         Macie Weigand, Monona, Blue

Photography:                                                                                                                                                                                 Joshua Fenwick, Strawberry Point, Red                                                                                                                                      Madison Druecker, Strawberry Point, Blue     Callan Willie, Strawberry Point, Red                                                                                                                                             Myah Davis, Luana, 2 Blues                       Lane Orr, Elkader, Blue Kelleigh Martins, Postville, Red                                                                                                                                                       Cerria Drips, Elkport, Red Kiera Beck, Elkader, Red                                                                                                                                                                             Clayton Henkes, Monona, Blue & Red

 Visual Arts:                                                                                                                                                                                       Mia Gibson, Elgin, 2 Blues                                                                                                                                                               Mariah Cherne, Colesburg, Blue MacKenzie Bachman, Monona. Blue                                                                                                                                                Myah Davis, Luana, Blue Sydney Moser, Monona, Red                                 Jack Thole, Strawberry Point, Blue

Consumer Management:                                                                                                                                                                Clayton Henkes, Monona, Blue

Food & Nutrition:                                                                                                                                                                            Brooke Hansel, Guttenberg, Blue                                                                                                                   Logan Heims, Edgewood, Blue                                                                                                                             Tyler Zuercher, Luana, Blue                                                                                                                               Joshua Fenwick, Strawberry Point, Blue                                                                                                               William Schulte, Edgewood, Blue                                                                                                     Bethany Wilwert, Elkader, Blue

Home Improvement:                                                                                                                                                                       Ashley Wessels, Aurora, Red                                                                                                                               Skylar Moser, Monona, Blue                                                                                                                                                   Noelle Kerns, Edgewood, Blue                                                                                                                                     Ava Kerns, Edgewood, Blue

Sewing and Needle Arts:                                                                                                                                                                       Mia Gibson, Elgin, Red                                                                                                                                             Avery Lamborn, Luana, Blue                                                                                                                                 Lauren Cherne, Colesburg, Blue                                                                                                                                     Ava Kerns, Edgewood, Blue

Citizenship and Civic Engagement:                                                                                                                                             Mackenzy Ruff, Garnavillo, Red                                         Clayton Henkes, Monona. Red                                                                                                                                                 Ava & Noelle Kerns, Edgewood, Blue

Self-Determined:                                                                                                                                                                               Noelle Kerns, Edgewood, Blue                                                                                       

Welding:                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lane Orr, Elkader, Blue                                                                                                                                                             Sarah Fenton, Strawberry Point, Blue

Woodworking:                                                                                                                                                                                 Logan Heims, Edgewood, Blue                                                                                                                                               Kyler Nuehring, Monona, Blue

Science, Engineering & Technology:                                                                                                                                     Mackenzy Ruff, Garnavillo, Red                                                                                                                               Olivia Martins, Monona, Blue

Additional Stories Published Online

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

8/13/19 ISU Allee Research Farm to Hold Field Day Aug. 27


Fall cover crop seeding, cover crop funding and seeding covers into standing crops are some of the highlights of an Aug. 27 field day at Iowa State University’s Allee Demonstration Farm. 

8/13/19 Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in 3 More Iowa Counties


Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Chickasaw, Franklin and Jones counties for the first time, bringing the total to 69 counties in Iowa where this invasive insect has been detected. 

8/13/19 Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Award Winners Announced


One hundred thirty-three youth from 70 counties participated in the 2019 Awardrobe Clothing Event held at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 8. The event presents awards in three categories: clothing selection, fashion revue and the $15 challenge. Sponsor awards and scholarship are also given. 

8/13/19 Three Teams Take Home Annual Crop Scouting Competition Awards


Twenty-eight Iowa youth in grades 7-12 tested their Integrated Pest Management skills through field and classroom tasks and challenges, on Monday, July 29 as participants in Iowa's Annual Crop Scouting Competition. 

8/13/19 Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Accepting 2020 Applications 


Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 program. Communities of fewer than 10,000 residents with existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers should consider applying. 

8/13/19 Monarch and Pollinator Habitat Highlights of Field Day


Landowners and families who want to learn more about planting monarch and pollinator habitat should consider attending a field day Aug. 26 near Creston. 

8/13/19 Northern Iowa Research Farm Association Plans Field Day


Thistle caterpillars, late season crop diseases and crop development will highlight the fall field day at Iowa State University’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 5. 

8/9/19 Your Bucket List, Our Bucket. Goals Fulfilled. FILL YOUR BUCKET!


You have the dreams and goals. ISU Extension and Outreach has the educational events, trainings, publications and videos that help you achieve them and check your bucket list. Together we make a #STRONGIOWA. Includes video.

8/8/19 ISU Extension and Outreach Offers Visitors an Iowa State Fair Bucket List


Many Iowans head to the Iowa State Fair with their favorites in mind – things to do and see, new foods to try, exhibits and shows that can’t be missed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, with a reputation for helping Iowans reach their goals, is ready to assist at state fair, too. Includes video.

8/8/19 Managing Farmland Drainage Workshop Set for Aug. 30


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a workshop Aug. 30, with a focus on helping women landowners discuss drainage issues on their farmland. 

8/8/19 ISU Southeast Research Farm to Hold Fall Field Day Tour


The fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville Sept. 5 will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary meal and registration. The tour starts at 6 p.m. 

8/8/19 Bioreactor and Monarch Habitat Field Day near Washington 


The Aug. 29 field day at the Rob Stout farm near Washington, Iowa is a chance to learn about bioreactor installation and benefits and the opportunities to create Monarch habitat that also supports quail and pheasant. 

8/8/19 Yard and Garden: Harvesting Potatoes


ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about harvesting and storing potatoes grown for fall and winter use. 

8/7/19 Tips for Coping with the Aftermath of Mass Shootings


Although mass shootings are statistically rare events, the stress these events may trigger can be overwhelming for some people. “We need to be better prepared to understand the reactions these shootings may evoke and how to better cope with them,” notes David Brown, behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

8/7/19 Risk Management to Highlight Fall Field Day in Nashua


ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will bring current crop information and research results to the fall field day at Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Aug. 28 from 1-4:20 p.m. 

8/6/19 New Readiness Assessment Gives Rural Communities the Ability to Self-Assess Housing Needs


The availability of affordable, quality housing is a critical issue in rural Iowa. ISU Extension and Outreach created the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment, a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs. 

8/5/19 Webinar Examines 15 Years of Iowa Learning Farms


A webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 12 p.m. will examine how Iowa Learning Farms has evolved over the past 15 years and discuss what new goals and challenges the future holds. 

8/1/19 Updated Financial Toolkit Helps Frontline Workers Serve Clients


Talking about money and goals may be difficult for frontline workers who are focused on helping people address other issues. The “Your Money, Your Goals” financial empowerment toolkit and workshop assist nonprofit groups, social service providers and others in helping their clients move toward financial stability and self-sufficiency.   

8/1/19 Ten Tips for Easing into a New School Setting


Preparing for the transition to a new school can help minimize academic, social and emotional effects on children, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

8/1/19 Sac County 4-H'ers Show Their Generosity


4-H experiences like raising and exhibiting animals at county fair empower young people to be successful, contributing members of society. This coverage of the Sac County Fair Bonus Auction tells how 86 youth were empowered to make a very big difference. Thank you to Dale Wegner, The Sac Sun editor, for permitting us to publish his article here.