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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 3/4/21


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

Thursday, March 18, 2021

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Private Pesticide Applicator Training Elkader Opera House

Sunday, March 21, 2021

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee Meeting Clayton County Extension Office

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Set for March, April, May

March 2, 2021, 11:53 am | David Brown, Demi Johnson

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout spring 2021 and beyond.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase teen’s stress levels,” said Demi Johnson, behavioral health program specialist. “This virtual program will provide adults with tools they can use to identify when a youth (ages 6-18) in their life might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.”

Participants also will learn how to connect youth to appropriate support and resources when necessary. A five-step action plan will be taught to guide participants through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

“Everyone can benefit from taking a mental health first aid course, from agribusiness professionals, producers, paramedics and faith leaders to teachers, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends. Learning more about mental health can help reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health problems. When we can recognize signs of trouble, we can help people get the assistance they need,” said Johnson.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid on three dates this spring. Private classes for groups of 10-20 participants are also available. Each instructor-led virtual program will last for six hours. Those dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 30, at 9 a.m.

  • Wednesday, April 21, at 9 a.m.

  • Wednesday, May 19, at 9 a.m.

The cost is $35. However, youth work professionals, teachers, childcare providers, youth librarians, and coaches can register at no cost for any of these programs by using the code YOUTHPRO when registering. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/MHFA. Prior to attending the instructor-led virtual course, participants will be required to complete a two-hour, online self-study class.

For more information, contact Demi Johnson at demij@iastate.edu.

Other resources

Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics. With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or, email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress or crisis and disaster issues.

Finding Answers Now. As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, this website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/disaster-recovery provides information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.

COVID Recovery Iowa offers a variety of services to anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual counselors and consultants provide counseling, family finance consultation, farm financial consultation, referral information and help finding resources for any Iowan seeking personal support. Iowans of all ages may join groups online for activities and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce upcoming programs on the website and via all social media to help Iowans build coping skills, resilience and emotional support. To request support, go to https://www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org or call the Iowa Warm Line at 1-844-775-9276.

Master Gardener Training 2021 to Be Offered Online

Training will include 17 online modules for participants

March 1, 2021, 12:26 pm | Susan DeBlieck

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

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 40 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 completing the Master Gardener 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 University Extension store for $39. It includes go-to tables such as 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.

Corn Rootworm Management Webinar Is March 26

Get an update on corn rootworm researchMarch 3, 2021, 7:27 am | Virgil Schmitt

AMES, Iowa – Farmers, other agricultural professionals and interested parties who work with corn following a previous corn crop can attend a corn rootworm management webinar on March 26 at 10 a.m., hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Wisconsin Extension.

“The strong winds of last summer’s storms caused damage to many corn fields. Inspections of those fields revealed that many continuous corn fields had roots severely damaged by corn rootworms,” said Virgil Schmitt, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Those damaged roots have caused many growers, input suppliers and independent crop consultants to re-evaluate the corn rootworm management strategies in those fields.”

Webinar topics include a background and a research update on corn rootworms by Erin Hodgson, professor and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State.

Other topics will include Bt resistance and corn rootworm management by Nick J. Seiter, assistant professor and field crop entomologist, University of Illinois; and diversifying corn rootworm management to delay Bt resistance by Bryan Jensen, entomologist with the Integrated Pest Management Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This webinar is free and open to the public and will be offered through ZOOM. While there is no charge to attend, registration is required and can be completed by going to https://go.wisc.edu/p8c11n.

After registering, participants will receive an email with instructions and a link for joining the webinar. Participants may join through their web browser, mobile phone or tablet.

They will need to download a free app prior to joining. Participants should join the webinar at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software are working correctly.

For more information, questions or assistance with registration, contact Schmitt at 563-263-5701 or vschmitt@isu.edu.

Additional Stories Published Online

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

3/3/2021 Read Across Iowa Celebrations Kick Off

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2850/)

Read Across Iowa kicked off this week with dozens of events around the state and a live, virtual read aloud of the book “My Family’s Soybean Farm” by the author, Katie Oltoff. Read Across Iowa is a month-long celebration of the joys of reading to students of all ages, making all children feel valued and welcomed.


3/3/2021 The New Dietary Guidelines: Feeding Infants and Toddlers

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2843/)

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans now include recommendations by life stage. ISU Extension and Outreach provides continuing education opportunities for child care providers and this spring, two training opportunities focus on feeding infants and toddlers.


3/3/2021 Cropping System Diversification Offers a Path to Greater Sustainability

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2849/)

Learn about the benefits of crop diversification during a March 10 webinar with Iowa Learning Farms, using information from a long-term research farm study at Iowa State University.


3/3/2021 Controlling Feed Loss and Spoilage Important for Beef Cattle Production

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2848/)

Beef specialist Denise Schwab with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers advice on how to control feed spoilage and waste.


3/3/2021 Corn Rootworm Management Webinar Is March 26

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2842/)

Learn about the latest research on corn rootworm and ways to improve plant health during a webinar with agronomy specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


3/2/2021 Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Set for March, April, May

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2840/)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout spring 2021 and beyond. The virtual program helps adults learn how to identify when a youth (ages 6-18) in their life might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.


3/2/2021 Monthly Dairy Webinar to Focus on Executive Analysis Reports

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2839/)

Dairy executive analysis reports will be the focus of a March 17 webinar with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


3/1/2021 Master Gardener Training 2021 to Be Offered Online

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2837/)

Application is now open for the online Master Gardener Training to be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


3/2/2021 Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Set for March, April, May

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2840/)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout spring 2021 and beyond. The virtual program helps adults learn how to identify when a youth (ages 6-18) in their life might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.


3/2/2021 Monthly Dairy Webinar to Focus on Executive Analysis Reports

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2839/)

Dairy executive analysis reports will be the focus of a March 17 webinar with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


3/1/2021 Master Gardener Training 2021 to Be Offered Online

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2837/)

Application is now open for the online Master Gardener Training to be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


2/25/2021 Suicide Prevention Program Available for Youth Professionals and Caregivers

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2838/)

Uncertainty about the future continues to contribute to youth anxiety. Now through April, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online programs to help youth professionals and caregivers learn how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.


2/25/2021 Couples: Learn to Appreciate Positives, Value Each Other

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2836/)

Demonstrating kindness and caring shows that couples value their partner and their relationship. Learn more during a March 3 virtual meeting from ISU Extension and Outreach.


2/25/2021 Iowa's Food Hubs Crucial Partners in Bringing Local Food to Schools

(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2835/)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach supports Iowa Food Hub Managers Working Group and local food in schools during the pandemic.


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