Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 9, 2016

Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is a common weed in many lawns.  Ground ivy is a low-growing, creeping, invasive perennial.  It spreads by seed and the vining stems (stolons) which root at their nodes. For more information and how to control Creeping Charlie

August 14, 2015

Check out the Integrated Agronomics Newsletter for June 2016

May 8, 2013

The statewide average for corn/soybeans was down 6.5%, from $246 to $230/acre.
The ISU Survey does not collect rental data for individual farms.The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county. A new question on the survey this year was the number of acres the respondent was familiar with, the sum of those acres was over 2.5 million acres across the state.
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.
Information on CSR2 can be found on the Soilswebsite.
Links to the full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2016 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averagesis also available.

May 19, 2016

The Rhubarb leaf stalk is used for pies, tarts, sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch.  Although categorized as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit because its high acidity gives it a tart flavor. Only the stalks or petioles should be eaten, because the leaves contain moderately poisonous oxalic acid. Rhurbarb in the Home Garden

April 1, 2016

June 28-30, 2016, over 1000 teenagers will converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

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