County News

July 8, 2014

This educational seminar is for all ages.  It includes basic day-to-day care, nutrition, modern day clipping and fitting techniques.

July 1, 2014

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented, and the percentage of farmland rented has increased over time due to the changing demographics of farmland owners.

June 23, 2014

Kids and long summer days mean a lot of opportunities for outdoor fun, as well as insect bites and sunburn. Cindy Thompson, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers these tips for protecting children from biting insects and too much sun.

June 18, 2014

August 26th, 27th and 28th in Boone!

June 12, 2014

Now that school is out, take a trip to the local library — use a free local resource to find some children’s books that start the conversation on money for your children.  As an adult, you can pick up some    money books too.

June 12, 2014

There’s a classic strategy to prevent impulsive credit card spending: put the card in a container of water and put it in your freezer. Then you will have to let it thaw before using it, forcing you to stop and think before spending. This strategy, while slightly messy, may have legitimate value for some folks.

June 12, 2014

Using money wisely is a basic life skill that your children can learn at an early age. Even if you have little money in your home, look for ways to involve the children in deciding how to spend it. Help your children understand how money is used to pay for goods and services.

June 12, 2014

When it comes to children and religion who gets the choice? Who gets to choose, select or decide?

May 30, 2014

Scheduled for Aurora, Hazleton, Winthrop, Independence, Quasqueton, Jesup, Rowley, Brandon, Fairbank, and Lamont.

May 14, 2014

It’s almost grilling season but beef prices are high. In fact, they are at an all-time high and are expected to remain high for the next year or two. Why? The number of cattle in the US is low due to high grain prices and dry weather conditions.

May 14, 2014

 To buy or not to buy: that is the question that travelers face when confronted with the option to buy travel insurance.

May 8, 2014

I'm all for increasing the amount of vegetbles in the diet. Vegetables provide nutrients we can't get from other foods plus they are low in calories and high in fiber.

May 8, 2014

Clever marketers often put the name of a key product or service in an address. If you need unbiased information you’ll need to look closely to tell if the brochure, webpage, or mail is from a firm or business that has cleverly created a sales document that looks like a source of information.

May 8, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau received 2300 complaints about private student loans in the first six months of the fiscal year. That is in addition to 1300 complaints about debt collection related to private student loans, according to a mid-year CFPB report.

May 1, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999, according to William Edwards, retired extension economist who directs the survey.

April 18, 2014

Even if you've been canning for years, come and learn the latest USDA recommenations  Home food preservation is not difficult ... but it does require following specific directions exactly!

April 7, 2014

New and updated information from Iowa State University Equine Science. For questions or comments, email Peggy M. Auwerda, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Horse Special at, or phone her at 515-294-5260.

February 28, 2014

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.

January 21, 2014

The latest edition of the Buchanan County Master Gardener's Newsletter, Off Shoots, contains information about neonicotinoid insecticides and honey bees, Gardening Fun at the Buchanan County Fair, Iowa Master Gardener's upcoming events, mosquito bite prevention, and the county calendar of events.

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