Penn Workers; Shooting Sports; Museum guide; Loop Trail maintenance; more
Penn Workers participate in workshops
Penn Workers 4-H Club met Saturday as a club to participate in the $15 Challenge workshop and the barn-quilt painting workshop.
The 4-H’ers shopped and bought clothes that could be entered in the $15 Challenge at the Greater Jefferson County Fair. The challenge is to buy an outfit at a resale shop, consignment store or garage sale for $15 or less, including the sales tax, but not including shoes, accessories or undergarments.
The 4-H’ers had lunch as a club.
In the afternoon, the 4-H’ers worked as a group to make barn quilts. Each member drew a quilt pattern onto a 2-by-2-foot primed board and painted it as a 4-H project. The club will donate one barn quilt to the second annual County Fair Club Challenge. Barn quilts donated to the challenge will be sold in a silent auction during the fair as a fundraiser for their clubs and a 4-H related charitable cause.
Penn Workers held a regular meeting Sunday at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office.
Kelly Lacey called the meeting to order and lead the group with the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The 4-H newsletter was read and discussed, with a reminder of deadline dates. All stall fees are to be paid.
The club paid for the members who attended the workshop Saturday.
The members discussed going to the ethanol plant.
The May meeting will start at 4 p.m., with four presentations by Kyleah McCabe, Sofie, Jacob and Hanna Morgan. Hanna and Jacob Morgan are to bring snacks.
Hanna Morgan motioned to adjourn the meeting, Jacob Morgan seconded.
After the meeting, Kelly Lacey gave a presentation on how to make a barn quilt, drawing out the picture step by step.
Shooting Sports meeting Sunday
Jefferson County 4-H Shooting Sports is scheduled to meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the indoor pistol and rifle range.
Members will be firing rifles only.
For information, call club leader Marvin Larson at 472-4332.
New guide features area museums
A new museum guide published by Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development Inc. is scheduled to “hit the racks” this month.
More than 40 museums are featured in the “Southeast Iowa Museum Guide.”
The guide can be helpful when planning a “tour of museums” throughout seven counties in southeast Iowa.
Four of the museums will be featured in an inaugural museum crawl scheduled for June 14: Maasdam Barns in Fairfield, American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Pearson House Complex in Keosauqua and Davis County Historical Society in Bloomfield.
For information, call Pathfinders RC&D at 472-8033.
Volunteers to clean up Loop Trail
Jefferson County Trails Council is planning its biannual trail maintenance day May 3.
Volunteers are needed to spruce up the Fairfield Loop Trail with general trimming, mulching and maintenance of mile markers, benches, kiosks and bridges.
Two work sessions are planned: from 9 a.m. to noon; and 1-4 p.m. Volunteers can work during both shifts if they would like.
Volunteers should meet at the northeast corner of Howard Park and are asked to bring gloves, shovels, bow saws and loppers.
In case of rain, volunteers should check the group’s website at www.jeffersoncountrytrails.org or its Facebook page to check on possible cancellations.
For more information or to sign up, contact Chris Meyers at 319-217-3419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New ag show launched by Farm Progress, AgEngage set for July 9-10
DECATUR, Ill. — Ag Engage and Penton Farm Progress Group announce their new Precision Aerial Ag Show, the first-ever outdoor exposition for unmanned aerial vehicle use in agriculture, to be held July 9-10 at Progress City USA, Decatur, Ill.
Progress City is one of the permanent biennial sites of the Farm Progress Show. The PAAS is a cooperative event between Farm Progress Events, Penton Farm Progress’ management division for the Farm Progress Show, and AgEngage, a Decatur-based agricultural information company.
Manufacturers and suppliers of UAVs and related equipment for agricultural application will demonstrate their products throughout the two show days. The PAAS will feature exhibitor UAV flight demonstrations which will include control and programming of units, and digital displays of their output capabilities. UAVs are commonly called “drones.”
Educational presentations will be scheduled which will feature university researchers discussing UAV agricultural applications, as well as presentations from farmers who have used UAVs on their operations. Additional speakers will discuss current regulations, liabilities, and information of interest to UAV owners and users.
The event will feature numerous exhibits featuring digital software, cameras, and other products and services associated with the operation and use of UAVs.
The PAAS will be another Progress City event that will benefit central Illinois, drawing attendees from across the Cornbelt through promotion of the show in “Farm Industry News” magazine, “Prairie Farmer” and additional Penton Farm Progress print and digital media. The event will use local concessionaires for food and other exposition services, and support the local hospitality industry.
The 2013 Precision Aerial Ag Show exhibit field and demonstration areas will be open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9-10 The public is welcome.
For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.paas2014.com.
Practical Farmers launches new website
AMES — Practical Farmers of Iowa has launched its newly redesigned website at the same web address: www.practicalfarmers.org.
The improved site features new content; a design that’s more intuitive, easier to navigate and updated for viewing on mobile devices; and a structure that better reflects Practical Farmers’ member- and farmer-centered focus.
Some of the new and improved features of the redesigned website include: categorized and searchable research reports that can be sorted by topic area, date or title; searched by keyword and have summaries of cooperators and partners; a newsroom with recent and archived news releases, logos, photos and more; an improved homepage featuring event listings that automatically update, summaries of the most recent posts to The Practical Blog and quick links to social media channels; a gallery of YouTube videos from how-tos to workshops and annual conference sessions; and a new “Get Involved” section.