Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 6/25/2020   

All activities are being assessed on a case by case basis due to the COVID 19 virus. 

Clayton County Extension to Host Achievement Show for 4-H & FFA Youth 

The Clayton County Extension Council, Youth Development Committee along with Extension staff have put together an alternative for county fair, the Clayton County 4-H & FFA Achievement Show 2020.  The Clayton County Agricultural Society has postponed the 166th Clayton County Fair until 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns. This alternative show will offer an opportunity for youth to showcase all the hard work they have put into their projects. To protect the health and safety of everyone, this Achievement Show will follow all Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations for social distancing, handwashing, and sanitization.

Static Exhibits will be contact-free judging so youth will not interact with the judges this year. Youth will drop off their exhibits and goal sheets on Monday, August 3. Judges will evaluate exhibits and give written comments on Tuesday, August 4.  Static exhibits will not be displayed. Youth will be able to pick up their exhibits Wednesday thru Sunday at the assigned times. All exhibits must be picked up by Sunday at 5 pm.

All Clover Kid static exhibits and pets will be conference judged on Wednesday, August 5 from 1-5 pm.  Clubs will have assigned times. Exhibits will be judged in the Schulte Complex and the pets will be judged in the large arena at the fairgrounds. 

Livestock Shows will be same day events, the animals will check in, show and leave the same day. A veterinarian will be on the grounds during check in to ensure the health of the animals. Exhibitors will check in and weigh in at scheduled times, prepare their animals, wait for show class programs and then participate in the show.  All animals will leave the fairgrounds after their show.  No exhibitors or animals will be on the fairgrounds overnight. 

Sheep and Meat Goats will show on Tuesday, August 4. On Wednesday, August 5 the Horse show will take place along with the Pet Show and Other Animals judging. The Swine and Dog shows are scheduled for Thursday, August 6. On Friday, August 7 Rabbits, Bucket Bottle Calves, Dairy Cattle and Dairy Goats will be judged. On Saturday, August 8 the Poultry Show will be held. The Achievement Show will conclude with the Beef show on Sunday, August 9.   Spectators for this event will be limited based on the current COVID-19 mandates set by the Governor of the State of Iowa.

For more information on the 4-H & FFA Achievement Show, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton or call the Extension Office at 563-245-1451. 

Additional Stories Published Online

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

6/24/2020 Restrictions on Farmers Markets Eased by Governor 


Gov. Kim Reynolds has modified the state’s Public Health Emergency Declaration as it pertains to farmers markets. The June 10, 2020, proclamation allows farmers markets to continue operating, but previous restrictions have been modified. 

6/24/2020 Honey Can Make a Sweet Source of Nutrition


Specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on pollinators and honey production. 

6/23/2020 ISU Extension and Outreach County Offices Begin Reopening to the Public


Throughout the state, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices are beginning to reopen to the public. Some offices already are fully open to the public, some are open by appointment only and others are preparing to reopen. Iowans should contact their county office for information about local reopening plans. 

6/23/2020 Partnership Will Strengthen School Wellness Programming in Iowa


It is said that prevention is the best medicine, and that is the goal of a new partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Heart Center Foundation. The foundation will provide support for SWITCH, an evidence-based, school wellness initiative designed to help schools promote healthy lifestyles for youth. 

6/23/2020 Virtual Cover Crop Boot Camp Planned for July


Ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops at an event provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

6/19/2020 Yard and Garden: Poor Fruit Set in the Vegetable Garden


A horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers advice on fruit set issues. 

6/19/2020 Iowa Learning Farms Webinar to Focus on Wetlands


Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at noon about the potential that targeted wetland restorations have to reduce agricultural nutrient loads. 

6/19/2020 Iowa Dairy Goat Survey Shows Potential for Growth and Improvement


A recent survey of dairy goat producers gives Iowa farmers and the industry an overview of opportunities and areas for improvement. 

6/18/2020 Corn Growers May Need to Scout for European Corn Borer


Information on how to identify and scout for European corn borer is available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

6/18/2020 Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Gradually Resume in Northwest Iowa


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plans multiple Beef Quality Assurance workshops starting in early July. 

6/18/2020 Options for Iowa State Fair 4-H Livestock Shows and Events Announced


The Iowa State Fairgrounds will host a Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show this summer, following the postponement of the 2020 Iowa State Fair. The revised schedule for 4-H livestock shows will be spread out over three weeks and held Thursday through Saturday – Aug. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.