County News

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.

May 7, 2015

A few things to note regarding the 2015 survey

  • The statewide average for corn/soybeans was down 5%, from $260 to $246/acre.
  • Rental data is not collected for individual farms.The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county.
  • Information on CSR2 can be found on the Soils website.
  • Links to the full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2015 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averages is also available.
  • In-depth questions on the Cash Rent Survey can be referred to your area Farm Management Field Specialists.
  • For more information on leasing see the Ag Decision Maker leasing page.
February 20, 2015

The Friday announcement follows requests from advocacy groups who said many people will not realize the consequences of being uninsured in 2014 until they file their taxes -- and by then they can't sign up for 2015 coverage. A new study from the Urban Institute seeks to quantify the problem.

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.

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.

May 8, 2014

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

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