October 4-10 (Sun-Sat) — National 4-H Week. Check with your local Extension Office to see what activities are planned near you or to learn how to enroll your children in a local 4-H Club or to see how adults can be club leaders or 4-H volunteers.
October 9 (Fri) — The Clay Central/Everly FFA will be hosting their annual “Feed the Farmers” lunch today at the Ag Partners Elevator in Royal and Wednesday, October 14th at The Andersons in Everly. Serving will be from 11 to 1 with a meal of hamburgers, chips, fruit, cookie, and a drink being served for a free will donation.
October 10 (Sat) — The 2015 Iowa State Bacon Expo is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on Iowa State University’s campus in Ames. This is the only student-powered bacon event in the nation. Tickets will be available online at www.midwestix.com, or at the door the day of the event. Advanced ticket prices are $12 for adults; $10 for students with a valid ISU student ID; $8 for children 10 years and younger; and children 5 years old and younger get into the event for free. At-the-door prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children and students. This year’s family-friendly event will not include punchcards, allowing attendees to enjoy as much bacon as they desire without extra expenditures after entering the event. Bacon Expo and vendor merchandise, however,
will be available for purchase during the event. The 2015 Iowa State Bacon Expo will feature live entertainment, a live pig display, several educational activities and booths about the pork industry and plenty of unique bacon items for attendees to enjoy. The event will also educate attendees on the “Gate-to-Plate” message, showcasing how pork gets to stores,
and eventually, the dinner plate. This message goes along with this year’s theme of #BaconNation2015, where attendees can learn about Iowa’s important role in the nation’s pork industry. Philanthropic efforts are a priority this year, too. Any leftover bacon will be donated to Food at First in Ames and the event itself will be supporting Wounded Warriors Project.
October 12 (Mon) — The Iowa Hemp Association is presenting its “Fields of Opportunity Industrial Hemp Educational Series” at The Shores at Five Island, located at 14 N Lawler Street in Emmetsburg. The presentation will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Pizza and beverages will be provided. The presentation will focus on the advantages of utilizing industrial hemp in place of current feed stocks, including overviews of current technologies being developed and implemented for hemp processing in the 19 states with industrial hemp programs. The presentation will further focus on the economic advantages of farming hemp in rotation with corn/soy here in Iowa, including an overview of current economic potential for hemp cultivation based on statistics from multiple states/countries. Also covered will be the environmental benefits of hemp, its historical use in the United States and an overview of current state and federal laws governing hemp cultivation. Farmers, local community leaders, law enforcement officials and concerned citizens are all invited to attend this event, free of charge to learn more about the industry. All food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Heartland Hemp Company in Des Moines, IA.
October 14 (Wed) — The Clay Central/Everly FFA will be hosting their annual “Feed the Farmers” lunch today at The Andersons in Everly. Serving will be from 11-1 with a meal of hamburgers, chips, fruit, cookie, and a drink being served for a free will donation.
October 16 (Fri) — Meeting of the Spencer Chamber Ag Committee at 6:58 a.m. at the East Room at the Family Table Restaurant in Spencer. RSVP by calling Becky at 262-5680.
October 21 (Wed) — Monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar at 1 p.m. This month’s presenter is Rosalyn Lehman with Iowa Rivers Revival, and Nate Hoogeveen with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Lehman and Hoogeveen will discuss how river restoration, used in other Midwestern states, improves water quality, reduces streambank erosion, reduces flooding, improves habitat, and enhances economic development. They will also provide information about stream restoration design and project examples that demonstrate processes and outcomes. Currently, Iowa lacks the resources and expertise to offer natural river restoration opportunities to landowners and communities across the state. An Iowa River Restoration Program (comparable to the Iowa Lakes Restoration Program) would provide guidelines, criteria, funding, training, and expertise necessary to offer cost-share opportunities for protecting Iowa’s landscape, streambanks and river ways. The ILF webinars are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer and Internet access. To participate, go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ just before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Rosalyn and Nate by typing their questions in the chatbox. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time. All past webinars are archived on the ILF website: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/Webinars/.
October 21 (Wed) — ISU Extension and Outreach, O’Brien County office in Primghar will host an Aquatic, Forest, and Right-of-Way Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators through the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 14th and $45 after Oct. 14th. To register or to obtain additional information contact Marsha Rehder at the O’Brien County Extension office at 712-957-5045. The course will provide continuing instruction credits for commercial and public pesticide applicators certified in categories 2 (Forest Pest Control), 5 (Aquatic Pest Control), 6 (Right-of-Way Pest Control), and 10 (Research and Demonstration). Topics to be covered are equipment calibration, safe application techniques, phytotoxicity, pesticide drift reduction, principles of limited area application, control of aquatic, right-of-way, and forest weeds, use of rotenone, and a forest health update. Additional information and registration forms for this and other courses offered through the PSEP Program can be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/PSEP .
November 16 (Mon) — Iowa Cattlemen’s Association District 7 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Lakeshore Family Restaurant in Storm Lake. This is free to attend, but a meal count is needed, so please register by calling ICA at 515-296-2266.
January 16 (Sat) — Clay County 4-H Find Out Day at the South Park Mall from 12 to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to explore different clubs and see what 4-H is all about. This is also when the SpIn (special interest events) book will be released of all the fun events for the year. For more details contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264.
February 11 (Thurs) — New Clay County 4-H Member Meeting at Godfather’s Pizza upstairs meeting room in Spencer at 5:30 p.m. Come join the 4-H staff along with your parent or other adult to learn about being a first year 4-H member. This is a fun and informal meeting, so bring your questions about 4-H and enjoy some pizza.