Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 3/16/17

Thursday, March 23

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office

Sunday, March 19, 2017

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  4-H Livestock Judging   Clayton County Extension Office

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Clayton County 4-H County Council Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office Monday, March 20, 2017

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM  Clayton County Fair Board Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, March 23, 2017

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office

Friday, March 24, 2017

8:00 PM - 11:59 PM  4-H Lock-In   YMCA in Postville

4-H Omelet Brunch Showcases 4-H Work

The Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction was held March 12 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council & Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee.  This event is a one of the ways 4-H members showcase their program and the youth & volunteers who make it happen. 650 people were served omelets, toast, fresh fruit, applesauce, milk and orange juice. Fifty-two items were donated for the auction by clubs, members, families and 4-H alumni raised $2374. Winning bids ranged from $5 to $151. The proceeds will be used to maintain & promote 4-H & Youth activities in Clayton County and pay part of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development fees. If you would like to know more about 4-H and events like this please contact the Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach office at 563-245-1451 or visit us at 120 South Main Street Elkader or at www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton

News Release

Lynette Houser

Region 4 Youth Coordinator

ISU Extension and Outreach

4-H Grows Experiences with Iowa Legislators

Expanding knowledge of state government and policy makers in Des Moines were the focus of the March 8 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty-two 4-H’ers and four adults.

4-H’ers, staff and volunteers represented Chickasaw, Clayton, and Fayette Counties. Youth and adults took a sixty minute tour of the century-old capitol building featuring a 275-foot gold-leafed dome, grand staircase, marble, and ornate woodwork. Their Capitol tour also included a visit to the old Supreme Court chambers, the five-story law library, the Secretary of State’s office, a scale model of Battleship Iowa, and a collection of first-lady dolls.

Youth and adults were prepared to engage in exclusive conversations with Iowa Legislators related to committee structure; however, due to unexpected session debates, those conversations could not happen.

The ISU Extension & Outreach 4-H Citizenship Program in Region 4 was organized in 2009 for youth in grades 7-12 to broaden their knowledge of citizenship and leadership. The program was designed with a two-year projected plan. The first year, members learn about local, area, and state government along with a trip to the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to meet with local government officials. During the second year, youth learn about federal government through monthly program meetings and travel to Washington DC. For more information about the 4-H Citizenship Group or joining 4-H, contact the ISU Clayton County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-245-1451.

ISU Extension and Outreach Presenting Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting Workshop in Clayton County

Interested in learning or improving your talents to properly trim your backyard and/or orchard fruit trees from an ISU Extension Horticulturalist?  On Wednesday, March 29th, Erling and Mary Bilden of Elgin will be hosting visitors at their orchard east of Elgin, where ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist, Patrick O’Malley will discuss and then demonstrate proper pruning methods and fruit tree management.  Annual training and pruning is essential to the production of high-quality apples and to maintain the health and longevity of trees, by allowing light throughout the tree canopy.

Planting fruit trees properly is also important so Ron Lenth, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program Educator, will discuss and demonstrate proper fruit tree planting. 

The Bilden farm is located at 18203 Bixby Avenue, four miles east of Elgin on B64 (Agate Rd), and then ½ mile north on Bixby Ave. (signs will be posted along the route). Registration will begin @ 4:30pm and the program starts at 5 pm.  The $15 registration fee includes a light meal and program handouts.    While not required, registering with the Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach office (563-245-1451) will aid in meal and material planning. 

Additional Stories Published Online

3/15/17 Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting


Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

3/15/17 Tips for a Successful Yard this Year


How to care for a lawn and set it up for success throughout the spring, summer and fall is the subject of an article in the March edition of the Small Farm Sustainability newsletter. The March issue also discusses beef cattle production, acreage ponds, prescribed burns, and pruning trees and shrubs.

3/15/17 Hops Workshop Offered to Promote Sustainable Production


A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

3/15/17 ISU College of Design Students Create Functional Art for Manning


A new art gallery will be opening soon in Manning, Iowa. However, unlike traditional art galleries, Manning’s public art will be a type of “drive-through” exhibit along the Highway 141 corridor through town, as part of a collaboration with ISU's College of Design.

3/13/17 Learn to Identify and Manage Palmer Amaranth at Humboldt Workshop


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists Paul Kassel and Angie Rieck-Hinz will host a Palmer amaranth identification and management workshop on Friday, March 24.

3/13/17 Agronomy in the Field Meetings for Women Farmers Continues this Spring


Agronomy in the Field for Women will be held this spring for women landowners, farmers and ag retailers to learn about Iowa crop production. The ISU Extension and Outreach program is in its third year.

3/13/17 Hort and Home News Website Receives Facelift


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has relaunched its Horticulture and Home Pest News website, providing a one-stop location for yard and garden information.

3/10/17 Emerald Ash Borer Found in Greene and Wayne Counties, Iowa


The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that attacks and decimates ash trees, has been confirmed in Greene and Wayne counties. Native to Asia, EAB has now made its way to 43 counties in Iowa.