Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 6/14/18

Thursday, June 21, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Edible Engineering   Monona City Park Shelter

Monday, June 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Slime Time   Elkader City Park

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Bug Camp   Guttenberg City Park by School

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Bug Camp   Wetlands Center

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Your Money Your Future    Clayton County Extension Office

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Mystery Project Workshop   Clayton County Extension Office

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM   4-H & FFA Dog Training Sessions   Clayton County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Bug Camp   Edgewood City Park


     4-H and FFA members who are planning to exhibit at the Clayton County Fair are reminded that fair entries are due by July 2.   Again this year all 4-H & FFA fair entries will be done electronically through Fairentry.com.  Help sheets are available on the Clayton County Extension website www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton   Members can stop in at the Extension Office during normal business hours for help. Additionally, the Clayton County Extension Office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on June 26 & 28 to accommodate 4-H & FFA members with their fair entries.

     This year’s fair will be held August 1-6 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds, National. 

Non-livestock entries will be conference judged on Tuesday, July 31.  The various livestock shows will be held throughout the week.  The fair will conclude on Monday, August 6 with the annual livestock auction.

      For more information contact the Clayton County Extension Office at 563-245-1451.


Youth Enjoy a 4-H Summer Adventure Trip

Forty intermediate 4-H members from Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties enjoyed 2 days as they “Honored the Past, Celebrated the Present and Built the Future” through a summer adventure trip to Boone, Ames and Story City.  The trip was co-coordinated by Tammy Muller, Clayton County Youth Coordinator and Jaci Tweeten, Chickasaw County Youth Coordinator. 

The trip started off with a train ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. The train excursion started at the depot in Boone and traveled through the Des Moines River Valley to the old mining community of Frazer. A highlight of the voyage as crossing the 156’ tall Bass Point Creek High Bridge. The group also visited the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center.  The evening included pizza, bowling, miniature golf, laser tag, arcade games and swimming. Day two featured a visit to the Iowa State University.  In the morning the group visited the bio-tech lab where Mike Zeller, bio-technology outreach educational director helped the group extract DNA.  The afternoon was spent with Nicole Fannin, K-12 Community Outreach Program Coordinator with the College of Engineering.  The 4-H members worked with LEGO MINDSTORMS to program the robots to follow a course. On the way home the group stopped in Story City to ride the 1913 antique carousel.

Participants included Lexie Belverud, Wyatt Baxter, Bryce Berg and Natalie Byrnes from Allamakee County; Maddison Waddell,  Trinity Brinicks, Noah Eichenberger, Isaiah Eike, Eadie Suhr from Chickasaw County; Mariah Cherne, Lauren Cherne, Dakota Hamann, Brooke Hansel, Mark Hertrampf, Lexi Loan, Lane Orr, Korey Schantz, and Tyler Zuercher from Clayton County; Harley Baumler, Drew Chensvold, Olivia Kleppe, Connor McMurray, Aaron Miller, Ayla Moss, Thomas Sadler, Abby Schmidt, Taylor Sparrgrove, and Maria Streif from Fayette County; Kelsey Burke, Kayla Burke, Allison Ferrie, Kayla Malven, and Hannah Schmidt from Howard County;  and Karter Einck, Aiden Feickert, Dalton Fels, Riannah King, Travis Nordheim, Libby Phillips, and  Brynn Storhoff from Winneshiek County.  Additional chaperones were Neil and Julie Lansing from Fayette County.

For more information about the 4-H program, contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach Office.



Clayton County participants: (Front row L-R) Dakota Hamann, Strawberry Point; Mark Hertrampf, Elkader, Korey Schantz, Strawberry Point; and Lane Orr, Elkader

(Back Row L-R) Brooke Hansel, Colesburg; Mariah Cherne, Colesburg; Lexi Loan, Elkader; Lauren Cherne, Colesburg and Tyler Zuercher, Luana


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6/13/18 Produce Safety Field Days Scheduled for Summer


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06/11/2018 Improve Lawn Care with Turfgrass Management Calendar

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06/11/2018 Awareness of Suicide Risk Important for All

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06/11/2018 Iowa Beef Center Announces 2018 Beef Feedlot Short Course

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6/8/18 Agricultural Tours Feature Risk Management Strategies


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6/8/18 Three Southwest Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Workshops Planned


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6/8/18 Next Greenhorn Grazing Session Is June 14


Registration remains open for the remaining four Greenhorn Grazing sessions. Next session is June 14 and includes an evening meal.

6/8/18 Crop and Pest Management Training Offered at Field Diagnostic Clinic


The Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory will hold the 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic, a full day of interactive workshops and discussions, to update farmers, crop advisers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals on pests, weeds and diseases that impact corn and soybean fields.

6/8/18 CCA Training Available at Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day


Certified crop advisers can earn continuing education credits by attending a special CCA session before the spring field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on June 28.

6/7/18 Crop Management Clinic Provides Training on Crop and Pest Management


Many factors including weather, pests, crop prices, input costs and crop growth and development can have negative impacts on crops, potentially harming yields during harvest -- all will be discussed and explored at the clinic July 12.