March 22-28 (Sun-Sat) — ISU Extension Week. See what your local office is doing to celebrate.
March 26 (Thurs) — Clay County Conquistadors Horse Club has a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Spencer from 5 to 8 p.m.
March 28 (Sat) — Regional Bunny Bonanza for 4-Hers who already exhibit or are considering exhibiting rabbits at their county fair. This is at the Community Building on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake from 10 a.m. to noon. For more details, call 712-336-3488.
April 1 (Wed) — Annual Ag Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Tall Corn FFA Chapter at the Laurens-Marathon High School Shop from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Help this chapter celebrate its 75th Year in FFA with a free breakfast of steak and eggs, donuts, celebratory cake, coffee and juice. Following the meal is a Labor Auction for up to 8 hours of work by chapter members and even the advisor, as a fundraiser for the group. For more details, contact Mr. Johnson at 712-841-5010 Ext. 119.
April 2 (Thurs) — Iowa Learning Farms is hosting a cover crop workshop at the Matt and Stephanie Essick farm (3075 400th St, Dickens, IA) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that is free, open to the public, and includes a complimentary meal. Cover crops are growing in popularity and when they are added to a corn-soybean rotation, they can help reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, increase soil organic matter, and reduce soil erosion. Other conservation management practices that help reduce nutrients entering waterways include strip-tillage or no-tillage, grass waterways, installing buffers and terraces, wetlands, bioreactors and more. Topics at the workshops range from using cover crop single species and mixtures, planter development and precision farming with cover crops and no-till, cover crop effects on soil health and more. Speakers include farmers who have had success using cover crops and experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For details on the workshops, and for more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/.
April 5 (Sun) — Get Your Goat On Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds. This is for area 4-Hers who currently show meat goats or who are considering adding them. For more details, call 262-2264.
April 9 (Thurs) — DEADLINE to sign up for Hy-Line Layers is noon today! 4-Hers will pick the chicks up from Hy-Line the week of April 13th. For more details call the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 712-262-2264.
April 11 (Sat) — New Volunteer Training for new 4-H Club Leaders from 8:30 to 3:30 at the Clay County Extension Office. Please call to register and get more details by calling 712-262-2264.
April 17-18 (Fri-Sat) — The Plunge at Camp Foster in Spirit Lake for 6-8th graders. This overnight camp experience will feature hiking, ropes, zip lining and more with college-age role models. Contact your local ISU Extension Office for more details.
April 26 (Sun) — FSQA Training from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Community Building in Royal. All 4-H and FFA members who want to exhibit livestock at the area county fairs or the Iowa State Fair need to be FSQA Certified. For other times and locations in the area, contact your local ISU Extension Office. To register for this FSQA Training, call 712-262-2264.
May 15 (Fri) — DEADLINE to enroll in 4-H in Clay County and still be able to exhibit at this year’s Clay County Fair. To learn more, call the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264.
June 3 (Wed) — FSQA Training from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. All 4-H and FFA members who want to exhibit livestock at the area county fairs or the Iowa State Fair need to be FSQA Certified. For other times and locations in the area, contact your local ISU Extension Office. To register for this FSQA Training, call 712-262-2264.