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May activities plentiful at county extension

By Staff | May 6, 2008

The month of May brings high school and college graduation, confirmation, Mothers Day, the end of the school year, planting of crops and gardens and so much more.

Here in our office, May brings with it many activities as well.

Annually, May 1 marks the livestock identification form deadline which tells us the animals that 4-H and FFA members have identified as possible fair exhibits. By the looks of things, we will see a great array of livestock projects again this year at the Emmet County Fair.

Marcy Sander, our youth coordinator along with county council members, Matt Anderson and Graye Farnum led a session at the ELC eighth-grade outdoor classroom on May 1.

The week of May 5, finds us involved in the EPAK (Educational Partners- Agriculture and Kids) that covers all fifth-graders here in Emmet County as well as those is Palo Alto, Kossuth and Pocahontas counties. Youth from the five counties each spend a day learning about how agriculture is an essential part of their everyday lives. They will learn the impact of plant and animal by products, how animals are cared for, the vital part soil, insects and water plays in our lives and how food gets from the gate to the plate. EPAK is a joint project of the Soil Conservation Districts, Farm Bureau and Iowa State Extension in all four counties. Watch for some highlights from EPAK in next week’s column.

The Emmet County 4-H Foundation will be presenting scholarships to graduating seniors at Armstrong-Ringsted, Estherville Lincoln Central as well as Graettinger/Terril award programs the week of May 12.

The Emmet County Committee for Iowa State University’s Sesquicentennial will be awarding the first-ever annual scholarship to a graduating senior who will attend Iowa State the following fall. The group worked very hard planning the golf outing and auction that made this scholarship possible. This year’s golf outing, supper and auction is set for June 21. The public is invited to form a team to golf, come just for supper and/or the auction. For more information on that, contact Paula Dyer, at Country Greens Golf Course in Armstrong.

May 15 is the deadline for enrollments for summer day camps which are open to all students grades K-8. Every Thursday through the heart of the summer will be a day camp beamed to a specific age group packed with fun filled activities. Here is a sampling of the camp themes: Outdoors Adventures Camp, Wet, Wild and Wacky Camp, Havin a Blast and Pioneer Camp. The camps are open to all youth. For more information, call or stop by before May 15.

May 15 is also the deadline for 4-H members to sign up for workshops and trips that will be held this summer. On May 21, we will be certifying commercial as well as confinement manure applicators.

Call our office for more information on any of these items. Until next week, enjoy all that May offers.