Clover Corner

Monday, September 11, 2017
Amy Forrette, Clay County Iowa State Extension Officer

The Clay County Fair is officially here! Ag Citing is a program designated for third-grade youth to promote the importance of agriculture and natural resources among young people. Paul Kassel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach agronomist, will be hosting an Ag Citing for adults at the Clay County Fair. Today's guest writer, Kassel, discusses this new program.

Ag Citing has been a very successful agriculture education program for third-graders at the Clay County Fair. Over 13,000 third-graders from 15 school districts have attended Ag Citing since 1995.

Adult students have an interest in learning about modern agriculture also, says Clay County Extension staff members Amy Forrette and Michele Hogrefe. The Clay County Fair has one of the largest displays of agriculture equipment and technology in North America. So, the decision was made to offer a program to help area adults learn about modern agricultural production.

There will be two, two-hour sessions on crop production on Tuesday. The crop production sessions will focus on harvest. Attendees will learn about corn hybrids, harvest machinery and grain storage during this session. The sessions will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The sessions will be on dairy and swine.

The dairy session will focus on the dairy industry. Fred Hall, ISU Extension dairy field specialist, will host the event. Attendees will learn about milk cows, dairy equipment and products. The dairy session will be held on Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30.

The swine session will be held on Thursday. Dave Stender, ISU Extension swine field specialist, will host the event. Attendees on the swine tour will learn about swine production and cooking for more tender, juicy pork chops. The swine session will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Interested persons can register by calling 262-2264.

Hope everyone has a great 2017 Clay County Fair. If you are interested in youth programs and events stop by the 4-H/FFA livestock office located west of the Indoor Arena on the grounds.