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August 2, 2016

Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Audubon County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes in Audubon County start on September 20th.

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the ISU Extension Office, 608 Market Street, Audubon. There will also be a class on October 8 or 22 in Ames on the campus of Iowa State University. Three face-to-face lectures to cover vegetables, herbs, plant propagation, houseplants and herbaceous ornamentals will also be part of the training.

Those interested in the course can apply at through the Master Gardener website. Apply by September 1, 2016 to participate in 40 hours of Master Gardener Training. There is a fee of $195 for this course and no previous gardening experience is required.

March 7, 2016

Hiring others to do custom machine work is a common practice for farmers across Iowa. The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey canvassed 182 farmers, custom operators and farm managers from the state, putting together a guide for pricing custom machine work.

The publication, which can be found online at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store (FM 1698) or on the Ag Decision Maker website as Information File A3-10, provides rates for custom work in the following categories: tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor, and both bin and machine rental.

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

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