Welcome to Lyon County
Lyon County partners with Extension to deliver even more practical education and research right in your county.
Please contact us for all your 4-H , agriculture, SNAP, or gardening questions!
Ways to participate
4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for young people grades K-13. Youth choose a project that is interesting to them and explore it with peers and caring adults. 4-H clubs are groups of youth who want to learn together and meet in every part of Minnesota.
New to 4-H learn more about 4-H in Lyon county.
Lyon County has many active 4-H clubs. To learn more, contact Lyon County 4-H staff at email@example.com.
Follow us on social media @Lyon4H
Give to Lyon County 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Lyon County, and local programming coordinated by the Lyon County 4-H Council.
Guide #1: Welcome to Lyon County 4-H
What is 4-H, enrolling, choosing the right club for you and your 4-Hers, projects, and more!
Guide #2: Getting Involved.
Learn about events and all of the opportunities 4-H has to offer!
Guide #3: 4-H and Your Family.
Opportunities for the whole family, the judging experience, resources available, and deadlines.
Guide #4: Exploring the County Level
Learn about Federation & Council, officer roles, committees, county fundraisers, scholarships, and more!
Guide #5: All About Livestock.
Learn everything you need to know about identifying and showing livestock in 4-H.
Guide #6: Fair Time.
Everything you need to know for a successful fair season!
Guide #7: Reflecting on the Year...coming soon
Reflect on and receive recognition for your hard work and achievements throughout the year.
Lyon County Fair will take place Aug 9-13, 2023 more updates coming soon.
- Project record keeping
- 4-H civic engagement and leadership
Club Leader/Officer Resources
- Leader Resource Guide
- President Script
- Secretary Book
- 4-H Meeting Minutes Worksheet
- Treasurer Training Workbook
- Committee Planning Worksheet
We have project resources available!
Want to learn a new project area we have printed resources available for check out in the extension office for all the following areas:
- Animal science
- Expressive arts and communication
- Science technology engineering and math
- Gardening and agriculture
- Family and consumer science
- Outdoor adventures
- Healthy living
- Civic engagement and leadership
- Environmental and earth science
Here is a link to the library of resources online.
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News -Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
The Lyon County Master Gardeners are a team of dedicated and trained volunteers accredited by the University of Minnesota. We provide free, unbiased horticultural best practices at no cost.
Lyon County Master Gardeners:
- Conduct annual Garden Day presentations
- Present to groups on request
- Visit homes to evaluate, analyze or assist in landscape planning
- Hold an annual plant sale
- Staff a booth at the Marshall Home Show
- Assist with the Lyon County Fair
- Host annual seminars on various gardening topics
Contact a Master Gardener
|Denise Andersonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Annuals, Perennials|
|Beth Collinsemail@example.com||Trees and Shrubs|
|Stephanie DeJaegherefirstname.lastname@example.org||Food Preservation|
|Wilma Dovreemail@example.com||Vegetable Gardens|
|Ron Halgersonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Landscaping, Lawns|
|John Lenzemail@example.com||Vegetable Gardens|
|Sue Mortonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Herbs, School Gardens|
|Carol Vermeerschemail@example.com||Pests, Vegetable Gardens|
- Ask a Master Gardener Have a garden question? Get researched-based answers from local Master Gardener volunteers
- Minnesota Master Gardener Hotline is available year-round to help with questions 612-301-7590
- Yard and garden - information for backyard and community gardeners
- Soil Testing Laboratory
- Jumping worms are an invasive species.
- As their name implies, they jump, wiggle and are very active.
- Jumping worms live in the leaf litter and the top few inches of soil on the forest floor.
- They change the soil texture to appear like coffee grounds, strip the soil of nutrients and can kill plants.
- Prevention is the only known way to manage them.
- Jumping worms should be disposed of in the garbage. Do not release them into the environment.
For additional information, check these websites:
- MN Department of Natural Resources
- WI Department of Natural Resources
- Jumping worm reporting and management
- Signs and symptoms
- Thinning of canopy – leaves are lighter and smaller than normal.
- Shoots near the base and lower canopy.
- Suckers at the base of the tree.
- Vertical splits on the trunk or large branches.
- Dead area underneath when bark is pulled back.
- Powder-filled serpentine galleries. Larvae are a true sign of infestation.
- Woodpecker activity.
- D-shaped holes on the trunk indicate the tree is dead.
- Can treat at the first stage of infestation.
- Cold can reduce numbers but needs to stay at a given temp for several days to reach interior of tree to kill bugs.
- 25% of trees on public property are ash trees.
- Start treating when confirmed in Lyon County or within 15 miles.
- Treatment lasts 2 years while the infection takes about 4 years to kill a tree.
Master Gardeners are University of MN Extension-trained volunteers who educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using current research-based resources. This educational effort is designed to enhance the quality of life and promote good stewardship of the environment.
Extension Master Gardeners may not necessarily know all the answers, but they hold a wealth of information to offer advice and direct you to available resources that help resolve gardening issues.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Lyon county. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include: Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL)
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects. Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff. Learn more about RSDP’s recent work in your county and neighboring communities, and how to submit a project idea.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Lyon County Extension
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