Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 4/8/21

Clayton County Extension Office will operate under new hours starting April 5, 2021. We will be open Monday Thru Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.


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

Sunday, April 25, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 4-H County Council Meeting Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, April 29, 2021

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics Virtual

Extension Week Coloring Contest Winner

Clayton County Extension is celebrating Extension Week April 12-16, 2021 by having coloring contests in elementary schools, assisted living centers, and nursing homes. Pictured here is the Garden View Place Winner Delores Wagner. Stay tuned for more winners as the entries get returned in the upcoming days.


41 Youth Weigh-in 159 Swine for the 2021 Derby Show at the Clayton County Fair

This year 41 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 159 head for the 2021 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair. The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation.

There is also a non-derby market division and a breeding gilt division which 4-H and FFA members can participate in Clayton County. Those pigs are not weighed in April but do need to be identified with official ear tags by May 15. The tags are available at the Extension Office in Elkader. The 2021 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Thursday, August 5 at 5:00 pm. For more information contact the ISU Extension & Outreach Office in Elkader at 563-245-1451.

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Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week April 12-17

April 5, 2021, 3:03 pm |

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.

For information about events in your county, contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

“The challenges of the past year changed how ISU Extension and Outreach serves Iowans, but not why: We want a strong Iowa. We are here for you now and always,” said John Lawrence, vice president for extension and outreach.

“Our extension specialists and county staff have learned how to convert existing in-person education to virtual education and create new virtual programming. We are prepared to deliver in-person programming when possible, with appropriate distancing and precautions for everyone’s health and safety. We will continue finding new ways to deliver research-based education and information to Iowans,” Lawrence said.

“We are focused on Iowa’s recovery with initiatives addressing the economy; financial security; food supply, safety, and access; educational opportunities for youth; mental health; and access to high quality child care. Throughout the state, extension councils and extension professionals will be delivering research-based education and information to best meet local needs,” Lawrence said.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit www.extension.iastate.edu or contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

Master Gardener Training 2021 to be Offered Online

Training is available to anyone with computer access and includes 17 online modules

Elkader, Iowa – The application window is open for this year’s Master Gardener training, which will be offered 100 percent online in the fall.

The move to online means that Iowans in Clayton can participate in the full training from the comfort of their home, or anywhere a reliable internet connection is available.

A total of 17 educational modules will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, on topics that include houseplants, pollinators, vegetables, and perennial flowers. Each course module includes a book chapter, lecture video, online discussion board and a quiz.

Applicants have from March 1 through July 1 to apply. Apply and learn more about the program online.

“We have set up the course so that participants can work through the book chapters and online materials at their own pace, on their own time,” said Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Participants will connect on online discussion forums to share ideas about how they plan to volunteer and what they are learning about plants.”

Examples of Master Gardener volunteer projects include building partnerships to increase pollinator habitat in the community, maintaining demonstration gardens at county fairgrounds, and donating fresh produce to food pantries.

Iowa State has offered Master Gardener training for over years, engaging more than 15,000 people in learning about gardening best practices. This year, the course is being offered online via Canvas.

The fee is $195 and covers materials. Participants will need to pass a background check to participate. After completion of the MG Training, participants have 13 months to complete 40 volunteer hours.

There is one open-book test at the end of the course that participants will need to pass to complete the course and receive their certificate.


Iowans who want professional development training for their job and who do not plan to volunteer can participate in the ProHort option, for a fee of $550. No background check is required for this option.

The full color Master Gardener Training book, the “Resource Guide,” is available in the Iowa State Extension store for $39. It includes go-to tables like bloom time of favorite perennials, and best shrubs for wildlife.

For more information, DeBlieck can be reached at 515-294-6764, or deblieck@iastate.edu or contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator, Holly Loan at 563-245-1451.


Additional Stories Published Online

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

4/5/2021 Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week April 12-17

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2882/)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.

4/7/2021 Soil Health Videos to Be Shown during Learning Farms Webinar

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2886/)

The Iowa Learning Farms April 14 webinar will feature a look at student soil health videos and an opportunity to vote on finalists.


4/7/2021 Growing Hops Is the Topic of April 22 Webinar

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2885/)

Learn about hops production and usage during an upcoming webinar with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


4/6/2021 Early Planting Is Possible as Soils Continue to Warm

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2884/)

Warm soil temperatures may offer an early start to spring planting, but agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach say to be cautious.


4/6/2021 Earth Week Chalk Challenge Opens April 16

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2883/)

Celebrate Earth Week nature themes with a chalk challenge offered by Water Rocks! and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


4/1/2021 Women Landowners Are the Focus of New Outreach Project

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2881/)

Empowering women landowners is the goal of a new grant project with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the United States Department of Agriculture.


4/1/2021 Gordon Hired as Regional Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2880/)

RaeAnn Gordon has been hired as a regional director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach serving Linn, Benton, Jones and Cedar counties in east central Iowa. She begins the position April 15.


4/1/2021 Iowa Nature Series Provides Fresh Look at Iowa's Outdoors

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2877/)

Explore Iowa's natural world through a series of new publications by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


4/1/2021 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig to Speak on Conservation

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2879/)

Learn about the state agriculture secretary's vision for conservation in Iowa during an April 7 webinar with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


4/1/2021 Build a Strong Family to Benefit Children and Adults

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2878/)

Children and adults benefit from being supported by a strong family unit, no matter how it is defined. This support can come from parents with a positive relationship, extended family and friends, and the community, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


3/31/2021 Beef Corn Silage Calculator Is Newly Updated

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2876/)

A free calculator from the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides helpful nutrition information for beef rations.


3/31/2021 Explore the Water Quality Impact of Cover Crops

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2875/)

Learn about the water quality impact of using cover crops during a virtual field day April 15 with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Learning Farms.


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