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Updated: 2016-10-01T00:16:09Z


Iowa Teams Place First, Second in 2016 Regional Crop Scouting Competition


The top two teams of youth from Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana state crop scouting competitions competed in the Regional Crop Scouting Competition on Aug. 31 in Boone, Iowa. Both Iowa teams, Clayton County and Kuhlmann Seed, placed first and second at the regional competition.


17 Youth Get Top Awards at 2016 4-H Awardrobe


Seventeen Iowa youth received top awards during the 2016 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Aug. 11-12 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.


Iowa State University Student Designs Scavenger Hunt for Urban Farm


An Iowa State University student worked with ISU Extension and Outreach to  create an interactive scavenger hunt for a summer “County Fair” event at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Cedar Rapids to help residents learn about agriculture and health.


Youth Show Skills in 2016 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge


The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge invited youth from across Iowa to show their robot designing and programming skills during the 2016 Iowa State Fair.


4-H’ers Learn about the STEM of NASCAR


Iowa 4-H gives young people all kinds of opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math – including behind the scenes of NASCAR racing.This summer youth from Clay, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Story and Winneshiek counties got an inside view of NASCAR during a special 4-H STEM event at the Iowa Speedway.


Look for ISU Extension and Outreach at 2016 Iowa State Fair


Visitors to the 2016 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11–21, can find Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connections throughout the fairgrounds.


Two Iowans Represent ISU Extension and Outreach in ‘Your Beautiful Adventure’ at Iowa State Fair


Mary Giese and Evan Fritz are among 20 Iowans representing the colleges and units of Iowa State University who will have their portraits painted during the Iowa State Fair. The portraits are part of “Your Beautiful Adventure,” the university’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building.


Experts, Public and Youth Encouraged to Enter ISU Weed Identification Contest at Iowa State Fair


The longstanding annual Weed Identification Contest will take place once again this year at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. in front of the John Deere Agriculture Building.


Iowa 4-H Youth Council Begins New Term


Forty-two Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 30. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties.AMES, Iowa – Forty-two Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 30. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties, said Brenda Allen, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. To be considered for the State 4-H Council, each 4-H’er submitted an application and participated in intensive interviews. Youth then were selected based on their leadership and communication skills, as well as their potential to contribute to the large group. “The members gain leadership and communication skills, both through training opportunities as well as through their responsibilities as committee chairs and representatives of the council at county and statewide events,” said Allen. One of the biggest responsibilities of the council is to organize and implement the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Council members also volunteer at the Iowa State Fair and other statewide 4-H events and visit counties to share information with youth regarding opportunities that go beyond county lines. Another responsibility is to coordinate, promote and oversee the 4-H’ers for 4-H fundraising campaign. “The State 4-H Council strengthens the 4-H Youth Development program because they are able to connect and share with their peers some of the exciting programs, experiences and information relevant to today’s teens,” Allen said. “They also provide feedback to the state 4-H office so we get a real perspective from current 4-H’ers when implementing programming and making plans for the future.” Council members attend multiple retreats throughout the year that focus on developing leadership, citizenship and communication and personal life skills, while also providing opportunities to work as a team and to make friends. “I loved being a part of the State Council because it was like a second family,” said Macy Evans of Union County. “We each had the same opportunity to discover things about ourselves.” “I enjoyed being a part of State Council because I feel as if I have a second family,” said Megan Nemec of Johnson County. "I chose to join because I wanted to help our state’s 4-H program improve, as well as make a difference in the counties around me." “4-H empowers one to reach your full potential,” said Jessica Bigelow of Polk County. “Coming back for my second term as a State Council member, I have grown to realize how many life skills I have gained, from leadership to communication and citizenship.” The State 4-H Council members represent all parts of Iowa. They work to give back to their communities and help 4-H Youth Development best serve the youth of Iowa. [PHOTO] Council members from central Iowa, from left to right: front row -- Rebecca Osthus, Polk County; second row -- Jessica Bigelow, Polk County, McKenzie von Rentzell, Madison County; third row -- John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, 4-H Youth Development program leader, Hannah McCoy, Warren County, Katie Thompson, Dallas County, Emily Heupel, Green County; fourth row -- Claire Whalen, Boone County, and Hannah Picard, Marion County. Not pictured: Laurel McGonegle, Polk County; Brooklin Border, Webster County; Lauren Mosher, Marshall County; Jenna Woodall, Hamilton County; [...]

C6BioFarm App Updated with Improvements for Even More Realistic Play


As the popular C6 BioFarm game suite enters its second year, improvements have made it more realistic and more valuable for its players. New developments will enhance players’ enjoyment while also creating a more complete picture about the ups and downs of production agriculture.

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