County News

November 2, 2015

A recent ISU Extension and Outreach publication, titled “Farm financial management: 16 ways to stretch cash flow,” details the actions that farmers can take to improve their liquidity when times get tough.

October 29, 2015

When is the right time to cut back plants in the home garden? It depends on the plant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on cutting back perennials, ornamental grasses, asparagus and rhubarb.

October 29, 2015

A new publication, Cleaning Iowa’s Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds, highlights the recent work being done with saturated buffers in Iowa.

October 29, 2015

With unfavorable crop fertilizer prices, farmers are considering reducing fertilization rates across all crops despite field conditions. However, making rational or sound management decisions should begin by testing soil, following the recommended application rates for additional nutrients.

October 14, 2015

Fall N fertilizer application success can be enhanced by following several suggestions.

October 9, 2015

Evergreen trees are built to survive the cold weather, but they still need care and preventive measures during the colder months of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to help evergreens survive winter.

October 9, 2015

The Ag Decision Maker website has updated information on various types of leases and forms to make farm lease negotiations easier for farmers and renters.

October 9, 2015

4-H started with a seed of an idea and has grown into one of the premier K-12 programs in Iowa and in the nation. 4-H Youth Development strives to empower the next generation, because true leaders aren’t born, they’re grown.

October 9, 2015

AmeriCorps member needed to provide primary leadership for the youth-focused Project Engage Program. Topics to be covered include Healthy Living, STEM, Citizenship and Leadership, and Communicaiton and Arts. See job description for details and how to apply.

October 1, 2015

Parents who did not have an ideal childhood may unknowingly be perpetuating the same traumatic experiences for their children. However, the cycle can be broken, according to the Science of Parenting bloggers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

October 1, 2015

Flowers that provide pollen and nectar are great additions to any garden and are a huge benefit to butterflies and bees. Learn how to turn a sunny corner of the yard into a place that attracts butterflies and pollinators.

September 2, 2015

Food microbiologist Shannon Coleman is a new assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist at Iowa State University. Her job will take Iowa State’s longstanding, interdepartmental efforts in food safety and consumer food protection, and extend that research-based education to small farmers and food entrepreneurs

September 1, 2015

A record breaking 125 Iowa 4-H volunteers from 91 counties were inducted into the 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 23 at the Iowa State Fair. Buena Vista County's very own Lee Meyer is one of them!

August 28, 2015

The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2014 Summary Report indicates that fewer than half of the farmers surveyed have identified successors for their farm operations.

August 24, 2015

Eating healthy on a tight budget can seem like a tough thing to do. However, the “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” website and blog offered through Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach provide nutrition suggestions, meal planning and grocery shopping tips.

August 24, 2015

As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a high-temperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.

August 24, 2015

Over the last 40 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's AnswerLine hotline has become a highly trusted resource for the people of Iowa, and is always looking for ways to reach new audiences.

June 25, 2015

The Youth Environmental Agriculture Field Days program recently earned the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval. Eight other programs from around Iowa also received this STEM Seal of Approval. It is given to programs that enculturate, sustain and spread STEM thinking.

June 12, 2015

Azaleas and rhododendrons are spectacular flowering shrubs that can brighten any yard or garden. Even though there are many species of azaleas and rhododendrons, only a small number can be grown successfully in Iowa. Here are some tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showing what steps to take.

June 12, 2015

A total of 152 4-H youth from 55 counties completed written applications and face-to-face interviews for the state-level 4-H award opportunity this year. The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

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