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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach--Clayton County

Media Packet 11/24/15

Calendar of Events for Clayton County

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM -- Pest Control Operator Commercial Continuing Instructional Course-(CIC) in Elkader at the Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, December 3, 2015

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM -- 4-H Volunteer Leader Training in Elkader at the Clayton County Extension Office

Friday, December 4, 2015

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM -- Midwest Dairy Day at the Iowa Dairy Center in Calmar

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Pro-Ag Outlook at Country Inn & Suites in Decorah

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM -- Clayton County Extension Council Meeting at the Luana Tap

Saturday, December 19, 2015

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

Shannon Durbin, Program Coordinator, 563-245-1451

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Clayton County

Cyborg Narwhals 4-H Robotics Club Takes Home Project Award

The Cyborg Narwhals 4-H Club participated in the FIRST Lego League Competition on Saturday, November 21 in Denver, IA.  The team consisting of Central District Area Students from ages 9-14 included Hailey Mahoney, James Eberhardt, Mark Hertrampf, Delbert Grimm, Sean Wilwert, Dereje Pollock, Korey Schantz, Keaton Klingman, and Hunter Grimm. 

The youth presented on Core Values, Robot Design, and Project, as well as tackling robotic challenges on the board.  This year’s theme was Trash Trek.  The team took home the Project Award.  The Cyborg Narwhals decided on their project after taking home trash bags for the weekend and analyzing what they had collected.  The team noticed lots of recyclable items they collected after a sporting event.  They then went to a game and tallied the trash they saw going into the bins.  From their tallies the top trash items were 108 candy wrappers, 56 plastic bottles, and over 100 Styrofoam cups.  There solutions included switching the candy the concession stand carries to cardboard boxes which are recyclable, making more accessible and visible recycling for plastic bottles and paper/cardboard, and offering travel mugs for hot coco at football games. 

To gather information about recycling the team took a field trip to the Winneshiek County Landfill and Recycling Center.

The team shared their ideas with the Superintendent, Concession Stand Coordinator, and Activities Director and Athletic Boosters.  The team looked up prices from printing places and contacted the movies theater about pricing options.  They also created a skit for the judges to describe their process.  4-H member, Trevor Moser showed them how he recycled barrels from Fitzgerald Surge to create recycling bins for the Fairgrounds. 

The Cyborg Narwhals are coached by ISU Extension and Outreach Project Coordinator, Shannon Durbin, and assisted by Central’s Stacy Weber with help from volunteer, Kristin Klingman. 

Tammy Muller

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Clayton County Youth Coordinator


4-H & FFA Market Beef Weigh-In Will Be December 19

     Clayton County 4-H and FFA members planning to exhibit market beef projects during 2016 need to have their animals weighed and ear tagged to make them eligible for competition according to Tammy Muller, County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator. The weigh-in will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  A maximum of 10 head can be identified. State Fair qualifying animals will be retinal imaged starting at 9:00 a.m.  4-H and FFA members will be charged for tags.  The state fair scanning will have a fee.

     Market beef classes for the 2016 Clayton County Fair will be in three divisions--Market Steers, Market Heifers, and Straight-Bred Dairy Market Steers. County fair classes within each division will be established from the beginning weights (weight of the calves on December 19, 2015).  The beef show at the county fair is scheduled for Friday, August 5, 2016.

   Any 4-H or FFA member who has questions about the market beef project requirements should contact their 4-H club leader or FFA advisor. They can also obtain a copy of the project regulations at the Clayton County Extension Office in Elkader (phone 563-245-1451).

Jill Weber

Human Sciences Specialist


(319) 234-6811

Online Nutrition Lessons Address Needs of Older Iowans

Older Iowans can quickly learn about what to eat, how to keep food safe and how to increase their physical activity by trying free online nutrition lessons from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Almost one-quarter of older Iowans are at-risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Sarah L. Francis, a nutrition and wellness extension state specialist and associate professor in the College of Human Sciences.

Food safety also is a concern for older Iowans, who are at increased risk of foodborne illness. They can lower their risk by following safe food handling practices,” Francis said.

Francis and her research team developed seven online lessons to address the nutritional and food safety needs of older Iowans. Three lessons address nutrition, because Francis’ research indicated older Iowans often are not eating at least three meals daily and have limited intakes of fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods – lifestyle barriers contributing to their nutritional risk. In addition, most older Iowans are not physically active, so Francis and her team developed a lesson on physical activity. Three food safety lessons addressing identified “high needs” areas were developed as well.

These free, online lessons provide a brief (five to eight minutes) overview of the recommended behaviors and the associated benefits, Francis said. Each lesson also includes links to other online resources. The lessons are Feast of Fruits and Vegetables, Three Meals a Day, Power Up with Protein, Exercise Your Independence, Freeze Smart, Thaw Safely and It’s All about the Temperature. The lessons are available for viewing online at www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/midlife-nutrition-wellness.

For more information contact your county ISU Extension and Outreach office or any Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist in nutrition and wellness.