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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 9/20/17

Monday, October 2, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Finances for Caregivers   Clayton County Extension Office

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM  Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office

4-H Members Wrap Up Year with Record Books

The new 4-H year is here, but 4-H members who participated this past year are busy working on their record books. ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County offered a 4-H record keeping workshop on September 14 to help members complete their books. 4-H record keeping teaches members how to set goals, keep records, communicate, summarize, and self-reflect, all important life skills. Members set their goals in specific project areas, make plans for action to achieve these goals, and then determine how well they did through self-reflection and evaluation. This process is reflected within their record books.

In Clayton County members complete their books and then may submit them to be judged by the county for awards on their outstanding achievements. Awards include 4-H record keeping, 4-H project awards and club officer awards. The deadline to apply for county 4-H awards is October2.

Please contact the Clayton County Extension Office at 563-245-1451 or visit our webpage at www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton for more information on 4-H and youth programming.


4-H Leaders Discover How to Build Positive Working Relationships

Clayton County 4-H leaders gathered on September 19 to discover how to build positive working relationship with their members and families by recognizing the different personality types they are working with. In the Real Colors® fundamentals workshop participants identified their own and other people’s Real Colors and personal strengths, gained understanding of the different ways people process information, learned how to communicate with others in the most effective way possible, and learned to recognize and appreciate the strengths and viewpoints of others.

Additional fall 4-H volunteer workshops for Clayton County include “Moving your Club into the 21st Century” on Monday, October 16 at Extension Office in Elkader beginning at 7:00 pm and “ 4-H Builds Resilience” on Thursday, November 30 at the Central Bank Community Room in Elkader at 7:00 pm.

For more information on how to be a 4-H volunteer contact the Clayton County Extension Office at 563-245-1451 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton.


Julie Hansel and Sarah Cherne, Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club leaders share what they discovered about the “Gold” personality type.

National 4-H Week is October 1-7

4-H grows confidence, creativity, curiosity, courage, character and so much more by allowing youth to use the skills they learn to go out and make a positive difference in their communities. Help Iowa 4-H celebrate the outstanding impact youth have made throughout the state during National 4-H Week October 1-7.

4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 100 county extension districts and empowers youth to reach their full potential through many different types of experiences including photography, music, woodworking, sewing, archery, livestock and horticulture. Youth have fun while gaining valuable skills in communication and the arts, citizenship and leadership, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as healthy living and personal life management by being involved in 4-H.

As National 4-H Week approaches it is important to remember the 4-H pledge, which is recited at nearly every 4-H club meeting, and what it teaches. ‘I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.’

To learn more about how 4-H is empowering young people in your community with skills to lead for a lifetime visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/


Additional Stories Published Online

9/19/17 Farm Safety Week Observed Sept. 17-23


Agriculture still ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States, which is why Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 17-23 is held in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week.

9/18/17 Kendall Retires as Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, Academy Director


As she steps away from the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy following seven and a half years as director, Cindy Kendall is extremely proud of what she has accomplished and how she has served.

9/18/17 4-H Youth View the Solar Eclipse


Wearing special glasses or using hand-made, cereal-box viewers, nearly 2,000 young Iowans participated in 4-H solar eclipse day camps across Iowa, including Boone, where ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development teamed up with Sacred Heart School. Watch the video.

9/18/17 Grant Assistance Offered by Agricultural Marketing Resource Center


The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is assisting producer groups gathering information to use in applying for USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service value-added producer grants.

9/18/17 Iowa Beef Center Introduces New Heifer Development Program


Iowa’s new heifer development program, Iowa Cowmaker Elite, is officially underway, according to program coordinator Patrick Wall, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

9/18/17 Study Examines Current Financial Stress in Iowa Farms


Iowa farm financial conditions have deteriorated since 2012, but average indicators of liquidity and solvency remain close to their long term levels, according to a new study published in the September issue of Ag Decision Maker.

9/15/17 David Brown Attains Certified Family Life Educator Designation


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialist David Brown has attained the designation of Certified Family Life Educator offered through the National Council on Family Relations.

9/14/17 Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings Scheduled for Fall 2017, Winter 2018


Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety should make plans to attend an upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course.

9/14/17 ISU Extension and Outreach CED Helps Iowa Communities with Housing Needs Assessments


For many Iowans, their home is the largest, most important investment they’ll ever make. But if their local community is struggling, they may have a hard time getting the value they need when they’re ready to sell. ISU Extension and Outreach works with Iowa communities to paint a true picture of local housing needs. It's an important service for any town that wants to remain vibrant.

9/14/17 GIS Specialist Helps Iowa State Show Land Grant Legacy through Online Maps


There are many ways to tell a story — oral histories, written accounts, plays and movies, to name a few. With help from GIS (Geographic Information System) specialist Bailey Hanson, Iowa State University has decided to tell its land-grant story through story mapping.