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Updated: 2016-12-07T20:32:37Z


Create Mini-Aquaponics System for Growing Fresh Produce


Traditional gardens require planting in the spring and attention in the summer before yielding a harvest. But gardening in January? It’s possible through aquaponics. Learn how at a workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Youth Represent Iowa at 2016 National 4-H Congress


Eighteen Iowa 4-H’ers were selected to  represent Iowa as delegates to the 2016 National 4-H Congress Nov. 25-29 in Atlanta, Ga.


Juntos 4-H Club in Muscatine County Encourages Higher Education


Over the past two years Muscatine County has developed a Latino 4-H Club called Juntos, which means together. The club is focused on encouraging higher education and increasing leadership and team building skills in youth.


Cedar Rapids Youth Discover Drones for 4-H National Youth Science Day


Flying plastic foam planes with attached cameras helped some Cedar Rapids middle schoolers experience what drones can do. The students were participating in the 4-H National Youth Science Drone Discovery Day.


Juntos Brings Families Together for a Better Education


Through “Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education),” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, local organizations, schools and Latino families are working together to identify strategies and opportunities to help youth do well in school and pursue higher education. ISU Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a training Nov. 17-18 in Cedar Rapids for people who would like to become Juntos program facilitators.


Iowa 4-H’ers Place in AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl


A Story County team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb.

OMAHA, Neb. – A team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The Sept. 24 event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb. Competing teams demonstrated their knowledge about nutrition, health, genetics, production, current industry issues or management areas related to beef, swine, meat goat and sheep.

Iowa’s Story County team A, the third place recipient, included team members Jake Sterle, Nicole Dewell, Dana Edelman and Avery Mather. They were coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder.

Two additional Iowa teams participated in the quiz bowl. Story County team B included Jackson Sterle, Jordan Rydl and Connor Finch, also coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder. The Franklin County team included Jaiden Shahan, Jacob Fjeld, Mikayla Fjeld, Jenna Shahan and Justine Jordahl, coached by Jackie Dohlman.

“4-H livestock quiz bowl competitions allow youth to showcase their expertise in the fields of nutrition, selection, reproduction and other animal management practices. It’s great to see them apply the knowledge that they learn throughout their 4-H experience,” said Mike Anderson, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Other teams represented in the contest were from Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

4-H’ers Compete in State 4-H Livestock, Meats Judging Contests


4-H teams from Muscatine, Jackson, Story, O’Brien and Louisa counties will represent Iowa at national 4-H livestock and meats judging contests from October through January. The teams earned the privilege to represent Iowa 4-H after they received top honors in the 2016 4-H/FFA State Livestock and Meats Judging Contests.


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.