Extension Information

Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 5/13/21

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.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

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

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 4-H Dog Project Meeting Central State Bank Community Room – Elkader

Thursday, May 27, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 4-H Leader Meeting Freedom Bank Community Room – Elkader

Monday, May 31, 2021

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Clayton County Extension Office Closed Clayton County Extension Office

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County Host Annual Safety Day

The ISU Extension and Outreach held their annual Safety Day on May 5, 2021 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds. Around 215 Fourth and Fifth grade students from MFL Mar Mac, Clayton Ridge, Central, and Ed-Co attended the event. It takes many volunteers from local business and organizations to give presentations on a variety of topics to make this day happen. Presentations were given by the following presenters: Substance Abuse Services for Clayton County with Alcohol and Tobacco, Clayton County Conservation with Firearm and water safety, Monona Fire Department with Fire safety, USDA Clayton County FSA with Farm safety, Allamakee Clayton REC with Electrical safety, Three Rivers FSA with Propane safety, Alpine Communications with Internet safety, Mueller family with Animal safety, Central Community School District FFA members with Lawn mower safety with Bodensteiner Implement for transporting a lawn mower for the demonstration, and the Clayton County Community Collaboration Council with Food safety. The students had fun while learning to stay away from dangerous and harmful situations and what to do if you are in a situation.

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton

County Holding Summer Day Camps and Adventure Days!

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County is happy to announce their summer youth programming: Summer camps and Adventure days! Summer Camps are for youth Kindergarten thru third grade. Adventure Days are for youth third grade thru sixth grade. These programs offer hands-on learning and exploration of many interesting topics.

Summer Day Camps are Pint Size Science, Growing Up Wild, NASA Astro Camp, STEM Sport Games, Dig Those Dinosaurs, The Missing Bear Mystery, Slime Time, and County Fair Camp. Summer Adventures include Invent STEM, Science Detectives, NASA Astro Camp, Slime Time, and Explore Clayton County. Space is limited for each camp and adventure day; early registration is recommended to ensure your spot. Summer Camps and Summer Adventures will begin in June and will conclude with the County Fair Camp in August. To read more details and to register for our camps and adventures visit our website: www.extension.iastate.edu/clayton or call the Clayton County Extension office at 563-245-1451.

Evidence-based Approaches to Dairy Goat Kid Disbudding

Dairy goat webinar continues with a look at disbudding management

Jenn Bentley, Dairy Specialist -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team will continue its quarterly dairy goat webinar focusing on “Disbudding Management” June 2, 2021, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Over the last several years, the Iowa State University Dairy Goat Welfare team has performed a series of kid disbudding project to evaluate alternate approaches to traditional heat disbudding and pain mitigation approaches.

During this webinar, Paul Plummer and Jan Shearer, both professors with the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will provide an overview of those research outcomes framed up in practical approaches that producers can consider implementing in their disbudding and pain mitigation program.

“These studies have provided important insights into best practices related to kid disbudding as it relates to welfare and side-effects,” Plummer said.

During the webinar, Natalie Urie, veterinary epidemiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services National Animal Health Monitoring System, will review the 2019 NAHMS Goat Study, highlighting kidding and disbudding management on U.S. goat operations.

There is no fee to attend the program; however, registration is required.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program, Antimicrobial Resistance number: 2020-04197.

Register at https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/disbuddingmanagement or contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at jbentley@iastate.edu, 563-382-2949.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Information will also be provided about future webinars, as dates and topics are announced.

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.

5/12/2021 USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently provided $9.95 million in funding to USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support an innovative approach to community education and partnerships to advance adult immunization. This is the two agencies’ first concentrated vaccine education effort in rural America.

5/12/2021 Alternative Grazing Management Field Day Set in Marion County


Alternatives to traditional forage management will highlight a June 8 field day presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

5/10/2021 Iowa 4-H Offers Mindfulness and Mental Well-being Support to Youth and Families


The pandemic, natural disasters, social injustices, and personal lifestyle changes and losses have intensified the need for more awareness, skills and resources to support mental health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development has responded with new, innovative programs in mindfulness for youth and families.

5/10/2021 Midwestern Farmers, Ranchers Can Find Tools to Thrive with New Resource Center


Midwestern farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers have direct access to a new tool to help manage stress, anxiety, depression or substance use issues. The newly launched website, farmstress.org, is aimed at providing the agricultural community with resources and support through the North Central Farm and Ranch Assistance Center.

5/10/2021 Yard and Garden: Raised Bed Questions Answered


Learn how raised beds can improve your gardening, with expert insight from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

5/7/2021 Feedlot Forum 2021 Registration Is Open


The Feedlot Forum will be held June 29 in Sioux Center and includes speakers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

5/6/2021 Survey of Beekeeper, Farmer and Landowner Attitudes on Bee Health to be Discussed


Survey results on pollinator conservation practices will be shared during a May 12 webinar with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

5/6/2021 Agronomy Workshop and Certified Crop Advisor Training to be Offered


Carbon markets and weed management strategies are the focus of the June 16 agronomy workshop with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

5/6/2021 Iowa Wetlands the Focus of Monthly Webinar Series


Learn about Iowa's wetlands during a series of monthly webinars from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.