Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 10/20/16

Thursday, October 27, 2016

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management CIC  Clayton County Extension Office

Friday, October 28, 2016

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM  4-H Citizenship Meeting   Elkader/Clayton County

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM  Master Gardener Class   Clayton County Extension Office

Shannon Durbin

Clayton County Program Coordinator

Central Junior Food and Fitness Visits Local Foods Farm near Elkport

Central Junior Food and Fitness Initiative 4-H Club participated in an afterschool field trip on October 5 to the Turkey River Farm in Elkport.  The farm is managed by farmers and 4-H volunteers Natasha Hegmann and Peter Kerns.  The youth toured the CSA gardens, were able to observe mushrooms being grown, pressed apple cider, and feed the pasture-raised hogs.  Besides cooking these youth meet monthly to learn to cook using locally grown produce.  Last month the group made their own pizza sauce from tomatoes.  This month they are making cauliflower quesadillas. 

Tammy Muller

Clayton County Youth Coordinator

Youth Engagement Strengthens 4-H” Leader Training November 7

4-H provides youth the opportunity to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H volunteers are one of the essential elements of ISU Extension’s youth-serving organization.

On Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m., at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader 4-H volunteers from Clayton County are invited to “Youth Engagement Strengthens 4-H” training to learn how to engage youth in intentional, meaningful ways. During this training, 4-H leaders will gain an understanding of the importance of youth involvement, identify strategies that support positive youth adult partnerships and gather resources to aid in engaging youth in core principles of positive youth development. In addition, volunteers will practice how to empower youth of all ages to make 4-H more engaging. This experience is part of Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development training for volunteers.

Statewide training prepares 4-H volunteers who work with young people in non-formal educational settings to be more effective in promoting positive youth development through the 4-H experience. Effective volunteers provide the experiences and positive relationships that enable 4-H youth to become productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners now and in the future.

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

10/18/16 ISU Awarded $1.1 Million Grant For Food Safety Modernization Act Education


The Food and Drug Administration has announced a $1.1 million grant to Iowa State University in an effort to help Iowa fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations.

10/18/16 Iowa 4-H’ers Place in AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl


A Story County team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb.

10/18/16 Farm to School Month a Great Time to Teach Kids About Healthy Food


Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.

10/17/16 Farm Bill Safety Net Payments Provide Producers Small Cushion


Final data on 2015 county level yields was recently released by the USDA Farm Service Agency. This is the final information needed for calculating payment rates under the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program.

10/14/16 Sen. Ernst Visits Northeast Iowa Research Farm


ISU Extension and Outreach staff hosted U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst at the Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm and Borlaug Learning Center near Nashua on Thursday.

10/14/16 4-H’ers Compete in State 4-H Livestock, Meats Judging Contests


4-H teams from Muscatine, Jackson, Story, O’Brien and Louisa counties will represent Iowa at national 4-H livestock and meats judging contests from October through January. The teams earned the privilege to represent Iowa 4-H after they received top honors in the 2016 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests.