Now through February 20th — Clay County Pork Producers are searching for a youth ambassador for 2015. This is a scholarship position for any sophomore or junior in high school that would like to help promote pork by attending such activities as parades, cook outs, producing radio ads and more. The recipient’s parents must have been a Clay County Pork Producer member for at least the past 2 years. For more details, contact Craig Manning at 260-2530 by February 20th.
February 2 (Mon) — DEADLINE TO APPLY for the Pocahontas County 4-H Scholarships. Seniors in 4-H clubs in Pocahontas County are encouraged to apply for one of four $500 scholarships to any college or university of their choice. Find the application at www.extension.iastate.edu/pocahontas.
February 3 (Tues) — Iowa Farm Bureau is hosting ARC/PLC educational meetings throughout the state. These are free of charge and open to Farm Bureau members and non- members but you are asked to pre-register. Today’s is the last in the area at the Iowa Lakes Community College Auditorium in Emmetsburg at 1 p.m. To register contact your local county Farm Bureau Office.
February 3 (Tues) — Lamb producers are invited to attend one of two lambing schools at the Dave Laughton farm, north of Le Mars, Iowa. Two identical sessions (3:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.) will be conducted. During each session, participants will observe ewes as they lamb. While waiting for the ewes to give birth, there will be presentations featuring successful lambing techniques and managing a lambing barn. There will also be a tour of the new lambing facility. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required as each session is limited to 25 people. To register, call the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 before January 29. Clean clothes and clean footwear are required and participants should dress for winter weather.
February 3 (Tues) — Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC at 9:30 a.m. at the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas. Cost is $20. Call 712-335-3103 to register or to ask questions.
February 4 (Wed) –Iowa Corn Crop Fair from 8:30 to 12:30 at the American Legion Hall in Paullina. Topics to be covered include the new corn and ethanol market, passing the farm to the next generation and a market outlook with Chad Hart of ISU. There is a free lunch served to attendees at noon. This is a free event and pre-registration by February 2nd is encouraged to plan for the meal by calling Doug Ebel at 712-949-3456.
February 5 (Thurs) — Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC at 9:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Emmetsburg. Cost is $20. Call 712-852-2865 to register or to ask questions.
February 12 (Thurs) — The new Clay County 4-H member meeting will be in the upstairs room of Godfather’s Pizza at 5:30 p.m. If you are a club leader or a committee member, please consider attending this event. The goal this year is to have a fun, celebratory atmosphere welcoming new families, but also give them an opportunity to talk with the volunteers about their specific questions at the meeting. Dinner is on Clay County ISU Extension! Please RSVP to Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 14 (Sat) — Clay County Cattlemen’s Banquet at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with the meal at 6:30 and the meeting to follow.
February 19 (Thurs) — North Iowa Agricultural Summit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. Featured speakers include Dan Frieberg of Premier Crop and Ag Economist Chad Hart of ISU. This event will also have breakout sessions that will cover estate planning, farm business management, tiling and sub-irrigation, the Farm Bill, Feedlot Runoff Control and Beginning Farmer programs. For more information call ILCC at 800-252-6554 or see www.iowalakes.edu/continuing_education.
February 25 (Wed) — Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC at 9:30 a.m. at the Spencer Schools Administration Building in Spencer. Cost is $20. Call 712-262-2264 to register or to ask questions.
March 2 (Mon) — Clay County 4-H Clover Bowl at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the county’s 4-H Awards Program and all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, call 262-2264.
March 12 (Thurs) — Ag Education Day 2015 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Wild Rose Casino, in Emmetsburg. Early Registration fee is $25 per person until Feb. 28th and $30 per person after the 28th. Student Registration fee is $15. A meal is included in the price. Make checks payable to Kossuth/Palo Alto Economic Dev. Corp., Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, 106 South Dodge Street, Suite 210, Algona, Iowa 50511. Speakers this year include: Dr. David Kohl-AgriVision LLC, Dr. Sidney Goss-Professor Emeritus, SDSMT, Dr. Elwynn Taylor- ISU Climatologist, Brenda Clark Hamilton-Professional Growth Programs, Dr. John D. Lawrence-Iowa State University Extension, Dr. Emily Heaton Iowa State University and Daron Wilson-POET Biorefining. Call Randall Pelzer if you have any questions at 712-298-2336.
March 25 (Wed) — Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification CIC at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion in Ringsted. Cost is $20. Call 712-362-3434 to register or to ask questions.