April 30-May 1 (Sat-Sun) — Iowa Junior High and High School Rodeo at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Estherville. Saturday the cutting starts at 8 a.m. with the rodeo starting at 11:30. Sunday, barrels start at 7:30 a.m. with the rodeo kicking off at 9:30. A concession stand is available on site during the rodeo. Sixteen different events will be featured on the weekend with admission $5 for adults, children under age 12 are $3 and preschoolers are free.
May 1 (Sun) — All Clay County dog project area members, parents, and their dogs are invited to Bow Wow Basics at the 4-H Exhibit Building today at 5 p.m. Participants will learn what is needed for summer classes. There will be demonstrations for obedience, rally and agility. Experienced 4-Hers willing to demonstrate please call or text Kerri at 712-260-6551. New members should bring their dog so a neck measurement may be taken for the Right Lead Program. Please bring a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate! For more details, call 712-262-2264.
May 4 (Wed) — Cherokee ISU Extension and Outreach will host an educational emerald ash borer workshop from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Extension Office in Cherokee. The emerald ash borer lunch and learn will feature Dr. Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forester, as the guest speaker. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve your spot, call the Cherokee County Extension office at 712-225-6196. There will be a cost of $7 at the door, which includes a lunch. The emerald ash borer is an exotic pest from Asia. It feeds below the bark of ash trees and cuts off the water- and nutrient-conducting vessels which causes tree death. The emerald ash borer has been found in several Iowa counties. Dr. Randall will share more about the pest and what can be done to protect ash trees.
May 7 (Sat) — State sheep and meat goat weigh in from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.
May 10 -12 (Tues-Thurs) — EPAK Educational Partners, Agriculture & Kids at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. This is a partnership of the Emmet, Palo Alto and Kossuth ISU Extension Offices, County Naturalists, Farm Bureau Offices and Farm Credit Services of America to help youth develop an understanding of the impacts of agriculture on the environment, their everyday lives, health and safety. The days run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and will cover 7 main topics on animal by-products, corn and soybean non-food products, food production to distribution, corn and soybean food by-products, water & soil systems, basic animal care and bio-renewable fuels. For more information or to RSVP, contact JoAnna at the Emmet County ISU Extension Office at 712-362-3434 or email@example.com.
May 14 (Sat) — O’Brien County 4-H/FFA Sheep Weigh-In from 8 to 9:30 a.m. It is preferred that tags already be in place when your animals go to the scale. State Fair animals will also be weighed and retinal scanned. Please call the O’Brien County Extension Office at 712-957-5045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Only goats that are participating at the State Fair need to be weighed.
May 14 (Sat) — Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) training for 4-H and FFA members exhibiting livestock at the O’Brien County Fair will be held today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the ISU Extension Office in Primghar. All 4th 5th and 6th grade members must attend training. For more details contact email@example.com or call 712-957-5045.
May 15 (Mon) — O’Brien County 4-H Animal ID DEADLINE. If you plan to exhibit livestock at the 2016 O’Brien County Fair, you must have ID’s entered into 4-H Online by midnight tonight. Exceptions are market sheep and market beef, which were previously ID’d at weigh-in. For more detaisl call 712-957-5045.
May 26 (Thurs) — Multi-County Livestock Workshop in Primghar at the O’Brien Co Fairgrounds from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien/news/multi-county-livestock-workshop-registration-now-open to register. For more details call the O’Brien County ISU Extension Office at 712-957-5045.
May 28-29 (Sat-Sun) — Stock Show University, sponsored by Sullivan Supply at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. This two-day event is led by instructors from Sullivan Supply. The emphasis will be on development and presentation of the beef show animal. For more information, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7 (Tues) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine field specialists to offer free training and preparation sessions aimed at helping Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA). This training is at the Plymouth County ISU Extension Office in LeMars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Session attendees will have an opportunity to walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff. Pre-registration is requested for all meetings through Cherokee County Extension at 712-225-6196 or Dave Stender at 712-261-0225 or email@example.com.
June 8 (Wed) — FSQA certification is required for showing all livestock except dog and horse at area county fairs and the state fair. FSQA training is today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fair Grounds in Spencer. Testing will be available at the extension office June 20th-24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-2264 to schedule a time to test. No RSVP is needed for FSQA trainings.
June 8 (Wed) — Clay County 4-H/FFA sheep weigh in from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.
June 10 (Fri) — Clay County 4-H and FFA meat goat weigh in from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.
June 11-12 (Sat-Sun) — Beef Bash, sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation, is hosted in Sioux Center. The Beef Bash is geared to youth who want to learn about the beef industry from conception to consumption. For more details, check the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation website.
June 13 (Mon) — Clay County 4-H and FFA swine weigh in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Please call 262-2264 to RSVP.
June 16 (Thurs) — Clay County 4-H Broiler orders due to the Extension Office. The broilers will be ordered from Central Hatchery in Madison, Nebraska. The birds will be Ross Cockerels and the cost per bird is $1.10 with shipping included. You must order the broilers in increments of 25 birds ($27.50 each batch). Orders may be split among siblings or other fellow 4-Hers, but you’ll need to line up your own partner. Call the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264 to sign up.
June 22 (Wed) — Regional Beef Meet at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. This event runs from 8:30 to 5. This is a day of educational sessions aimed at increasing profitability in the current agriculture environment will cover replacement selection, finances, efficiency and labor. Eldon McAfee will give a legal update on topics that play a role in your farm. ICA policy will be discussed as well as an update of the state beef checkoff. A tradeshow featuring beef industry products and services will also be a part of the event. Cost is $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members if registered by June 13th. Students are free. The cost goes up $10 on the 14th. Find more details at www.iacattlemen.org.
June 27 (Mon) — The 2016 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit, “Buckle Up for the Bumpy Ride,” brings the nation’s leading marketing experts to Iowa Farm Bureau Headquarters in West Des Moines to help Iowa farmers weather risks today and over the next several years of forecasted economic uncertainty. The summit will feature a range of Iowa-based and national experts, ranging from economist Nathan Kaufmann of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Iowa State University’s Chad Hart and Erin Borror of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, among others. The 2016 IFBF economic summit starts at 7:30 a.m. There will also be special panel discussions on key issues and experts to take questions. Summit registration, which includes access to all presentations and lunch, is $75 for Farm Bureau members and $100 for non-members. Register now for this essential risk management seminar. Visit www.iowafarmbureau.com or call Lavonne Baldwin at 515-225-5633 or email email@example.com.
July 6 (Wed) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine field specialists to offer free training and preparation sessions aimed at helping Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA). This training is at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center in Sibley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Session attendees will have an opportunity to walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff. Pre-registration is requested for all meetings through Cherokee County Extension at 712-225-6196 or Dave Stender at 712-261-0225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 21 (Thurs) — Weeds program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ISU NW Iowa Research Farm located near Calumet. Learn long-term weed management tips from local agronomists and participate in small group discussions for problem weed solving. Cost is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments and materials. This qualifies for 2.5 pest management CCA credits. Please register on-line by July 15th for a meal count at www.aep.iastate.edu/weeds.