County News

May 13, 2013

Results from the most recent survey of farmland rental rates conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showed that the average estimated cash rent for corn and soybean land in the state for 2013 was $270 per acre, an increase of $18 per acre or 7 percent from last year.

May 7, 2013

All beef, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy (cattle & goat), poultry, and rabbit exhibitors MUST be certified in order to exhibit at any fair. Grades 4-6 will need to attend training; Grades 7-9 have the option to attend training or take the intermediate test: Grades 10-12 have the option to attend training or take the senior test.

April 29, 2013

Explore Design is a hands on design projects to introduce students to the fun of design and creativity. This day camp is for 7th,8th, and 9th graders.

Design Innovation will introduce 4-H'ers to careers and lifelong opportunties in design. This 3 day camp is for 10th grade through high school graduates.

April 24, 2013

Coping with a frightening event in the news or a natural disaster can be difficult for children and their families, says Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She offers tips parents can use to help their children cope.

April 23, 2013

Iowa gardeners can learn when to plant vegetables in their gardens by checking Planting and Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables (PM 534), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

April 12, 2013

Gardeners can learn how to grow strawberries throughout the state with Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden (PM 717), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

March 22, 2013

Youth in grades 8-12 - please check out the info for this year's 4-H Youth Conference, which will be June 25-27 in Ames! You don't have to be a 4-H member to attend.

pruning raspberries
March 15, 2013

Gardeners can learn how to properly prune raspberries with Pruning Raspberries (RG 501), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

March 8, 2013

Parents often greet a new baby with stuffed animals, dolls and other toys, all given in anticipation of the play that is to come. During March, learn about the power of play for children of all ages in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State UniversityExtension and Outreach

March 1, 2013

AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers rely primarily on agribusinesses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and state agencies for their information needs, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

March 1, 2013

Ongoing effects from the drought may hit closer to home with possible water shortages this year across the state. Iowans can prepare by finding simple ways to conserve water in their own homes.

February 25, 2013

2013 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available.

February 21, 2013

Many Iowans start planning their spring and summer gardens months in advance. For those planners and other garden enthusiasts, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides garden publications and resources.

February 13, 2013

The Iowa Learning Farms’ Wednesday, Feb. 20, webinar will feature Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture director Mark Rasmussen. The webinar begins at 11:30 a.m., and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

February 12, 2013

In FTC Study, Five Percent of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports That Could Result in Less Favorable Terms for Loans

February 11, 2013

With the increase in our taxes you may not think that you can contribute to your 401K. Here are some tips that may interest you and a retirement calculator

February 7, 2013

 Added under the Livestock tab are the recorded segments

Managing through Stress: A Livestock Information Event – February 4, 2013

February 7, 2013

About 70 percent of farmers report using at least one technology that provides them with Internet access, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. In addition, a basic cell phone was the most common communications technology used by farmers in the survey.

February 7, 2013

Dry conditions during much of 2012 and overgrazing late into the fall have damaged many Iowa


February 4, 2013

 “Ricochet: An Extreme Leadership Adventure” Facilitator Training will be held in northwest Iowa in March 2013.  This two-day training is for Extension staff and volunteers who are interested in teaching middle school youth leadership skills.  

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