County News

September 5, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels.  There will be one in Independence on Monday, Oct. 27th.

September 3, 2014

Come join us at the Independence Farmers Market, every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon.  The last one of the year will be Saturday, Oct. 18th.

September 2, 2014

Kristen Schulte, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Business Management Field Specialist, will hold a 2014 Farm Bill Margin Protection Program for dairy producers, in several locations in September.

August 27, 2014

I encourage people to get a current copy of their credit bureau report on a regular basis. It is a good way to look at your credit accounts and payment history and a method to catch identity theft before it gets totally out of hand. You should get a free credit report every 4 months or so.

August 26, 2014

If you got married this year, or are going to get married this year, congratulations!

During the past months your mind may have been occupied with details of wedding, honeymoon, housing decisions, moving, or other events.  In the midst of those big events, it’s easy for some small-but-important details to be overlooked.

August 26, 2014

The 28th Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Midway Best Western Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa from 9:45 am – 3:00 pm.  This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy in addition along with the issues of crop budgeting, crop insurance and the farm bill.    

August 26, 2014

Children must learn to read before they can read to learn. Parents, families and friends can help them on their way to reading independently, says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist in family lifewith Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 25, 2014

It’s time to start thinking about packing those school lunches.  Much has been written about the safety of packing a lunch for school.  Here are a few important points to consider.

August 25, 2014

I’ve been reminiscing about grilling in the backyard with my dad. He had an award-winning recipe for Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops and my mouth waters to this day just remembering biting into them. He was a livestock producer so we always had an abundance of fresh meat cuts to barbecue on the old Weber charcoal grill, along with fresh-picked Iowa sweet corn and my mom’s fresh garden vegetables. Such good memories!

August 25, 2014

Results from the 2014 Buchanan County Fair and the Iowa State Fair (for Buchanan County) are now posted.

August 25, 2014

The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers.  The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to communities across Iowa and the Midwest.

August 25, 2014

The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers.  The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to communities across Iowa and the Midwest.

August 25, 2014

This six-panel brochure provides information on the Extension Community and Economic Development Program Builder web site, where community leaders can get online assitance with community betterment programs.

August 25, 2014

During this time, ISU Extension and Outreach AnswerLine gets many calls and emails with canning questions. Here is the top 10 list of canning questions.

August 22, 2014

As part of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Margin Protection Program (MPP) provides a new safety net program for dairy producers. 

August 20, 2014

The new 4-H year is about to begin and we are looking for new members to join!

August 20, 2014

A Farmland Leasing & Value Seminar was presented recently, sponsored by BankIowa and Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach.  Kristen Schulte, Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist, conducted the seminar which was held at Heartland Acres Events Center in Independence.

August 20, 2014

A workshop, Integrating Cover Crops in Fruit and Vegetable Production Systems, sponsored by Sustainable Vegetable Production and ISU Extension and Outreach, was held at Heartland Acres Events Center recently.

August 19, 2014

Lori and Rustie Kane of Buchanan County were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17.

August 19, 2014

Join the ranks of 4-H judges or learn more about judging exhibits by attending a new 4-H Judges Training of Saturday, September 27, 9:15 am – 3:30 pm  at  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Polk County,1625 Adventure land  Drive , Suite A, Altoona IA. 

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