County News

February 20, 2015

Right now, the weather outside is cold and the ground is inhospitable to plants. However, this is an excellent time to begin growing seedlings indoors that can be transplanted outside for successful growth in spring.

February 4, 2015

Crop producers can continue discussions about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction strategy and local watershed improvement, learn more about best practices for reducing nutrient loss into Iowa’s waterways, and talk to farmers who are implementing practices at upcoming events.

February 2, 2015

What can a baby see right after birth? How much should a 1-year-old eat? Should a 3-year-old have a hearing test? These and many more questions keep parents awake at night wondering how they can be a better parent to their children, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

December 19, 2014

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development a t Iowa State University.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/farmland-values-fall-historic-high

October 10, 2014

Job growth in the retail and service sector has not matched the wages of manufacturing and other middle-skill level jobs lost over the past decade in Iowa. The difference has contributed to a growing disparity between low and high income households, which is especially profound in specific parts of the state, according to a new report by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rural sociologist David Peters.

October 10, 2014

The small farm sustainability program is re-introducing the ISU Extension and Outreach Acreage Living newsletter in an online format. Those living on small farms and acreages will find value resources in the newsletter, on the website and in future online courses offered by the program.

October 1, 2014

The Buena Vista County 4-H Fund and Endowment Board has approved funds for use by youth who need financial assistance to participate in the Iowa Youth and 4-H program.  These funds are intended to provide an opportunity for youth who otherwise would be financially unable to participate in events, activities and individual or group projects at the county, area or state level.

January 17, 2014

The purpose of the Buena Vista 4-H Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to a senior high school student that will be attending a university, private college or community college. As we are a non-profit youth education organization, we need to support our youth as they further their studies. Our most valuable asset is our youth and their future, so an investment in their future is a worthwhile effort.

4H Clover
September 7, 2012

All clubs in Buena Vista County are using on-line enrollment for families and members! Check with the Extension office or club leader to see if you can use this option.

May 8, 2014

Consider these ideas to use your time, energy, money and materials wisely!

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