Governor’s Volunteer Award to Jamie Daubendiek

Jamie Daubendiek  (center) of Jefferson received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov Kim Reynolds (right) and Lt Gov Adam Gregg (left) during a special recognition ceremony held Sept. 25 in Pleasant Hill.

Daubendiek was honored with an individual award by Michael Wagler of Main Street Iowa for his leadership role within the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program. Continue reading Governor’s Volunteer Award to Jamie Daubendiek

Benefit supper Oct. 22 for 2-year-old Pablo

Friends and family of 2-year-old Pablo Martinez are planning a benefit chili supper Sunday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 6:30 pm at Clover Hall on the Greene County fairgrounds in Jefferson.

All proceeds will help Pablo’s parents, Rafa and Ashley (Nation) Martinez with medical expenses. Pablo has been diagnosed with leukemia and his in Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. His parents are anticipated a lengthy stay.

Free will offerings/donations will be accepted.

Required training for farmers market vendors coming to Fort Dodge

The Food Safety Team at Iowa State University’s department of food science and human nutrition is hosting trainings in the next several months to help growers prepare for the requirements of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA applies to most farmers market vendors.

The FSMA’s produce safety rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

Growers who attend the training session will meet the requirement that at least one supervisor or responsible party from each farm successfully complete food safety training.

A training session is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge, from 8 am to 5 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Pre-registrations are required; the deadline for the Nov. 2 session is Oct. 19. Cost is $20 for Iowa residents. Persons who want more information or registration forms can call program coordinator Ellen Johnsen at 515-294-6773 or email IowaFSMA [at] iastate [dot] edu Registration can be done online at

During the seven-hour training participants will cover seven modules: introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (production water and postharvest water; postharvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.

Key parts of the FSMA produce safety rule requirements are outlined within each module.

FFA livestock judging team competes in Cedar Rapids

The FFA livestock judging team includes (from left) Daniel Gehling, Kayla Muir, Izzy Bravard, and Chance Peterson.

A livestock judging team from the Greene County FFA chapter competed at the Linn-Mar livestock judging competition held at Kirkwood Community College Oct. 9.

Izzy Bravard finished the highest of the ream with a score of 368 out of 400 points. Behind her were Daniel Gehling, Chance Peterson, and Kayla Muir.

The team finished in 33rd place among 78 teams.

Vocal music concert next Tuesday

The Greene County High School vocal music department will present a concert Tuesday, Oct 17, at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium.

The public is cordially invited. “Students see the process come to a finishing point as they perfect their work and present it to an audience,” said director Dave Heupel.