County News

June 12, 2017
An introduction to management and rotational grazing practices for producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, control production costs and conserve natural resources. 
Location: Crawford County Extension Office, 35 South Main Street, Denison, IA
Registration fee: $50. An educational resource book will be provided. 
Please Pre-register by June 26, 2017.
To pre-register please contact Paige Amenell at the Crawford County Extension Office, phone (712)-263-4697 or email, or contact Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist, phone (712)-250-0070 or email
Field Day
June 12, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Farmers and their consultants can learn how to improve both farm profits and water quality at a series of field days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The field days are part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Nitrogen and Water Week, which runs from June 27-29.

“The purpose of these field days is for farmers and their consultants to learn the research related to profitable nitrogen management and water quality,” said Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The field days will also allow participants to visit the sites where research is occurring relating to nitrogen management and water quality.”

June 8, 2017

Farmland Leasing Meeting to be held in Carroll County on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Carroll County Extension and Outreach office. Registration fee  is $20 per person or $30 per couple if registered.  Walk-ins are $25 per person. Call the Carroll County Extension office to register 712-792-2364.

Topics include:

Updated land value & cash rental rate surveys
Types of farmland lease arrangements
Determining fair cash rents
Writing and terminating a farm lease
Projected cost of 2018 crop production
ISU Extension web-based and other resources

May 17, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.
ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best care for newly planted trees. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or
May 16, 2017

The 2017 ISU Herbicide Research Program Field Day will be held on June 22 at the Curtiss Farm located on South State Street in Ames, IA.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review new herbicides, application techniques and other weed management strategies in corn and soybeans.  

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a program beginning at 9 a.m. A field book will be available for a self-guided tour. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided. Farmers, agchemical dealers, industry representatives and all other interested individuals are encouraged to attend. If you have questions, please contact Mike Owen at 515-294-5936 or  

May 5, 2017

June 27-29, 2017, 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.

May 4, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. It's also the perfect time to harvest the leaf stalk for pies, tarts sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch. Although categorized as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit.  ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer gardener questions about caring for and harvesting rhubarb. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

April 13, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest.  

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best handle the planting and care of raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

March 16, 2017

AMES, Iowa – With spring just around the corner it will soon be time to begin working in the yard. Mowing features prominently into any yard maintenance plan, with many cool-season turfgrasses showing their greatest period of growth from March to May.

How to care for a lawn and set it up for success throughout the spring, summer and fall is the subject of 'Tips for a Successful Yard this Year', an article in the March edition of the Small Farm Sustainability newsletter. The March issue also discusses beef cattle production, acreage ponds, prescribed burns, and pruning trees and shrubs.

March 15, 2017

Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates.

This information is based on a survey of 152 Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers. For each operation, the average rate from the survey, the median and the range are shown.

March 9, 2017

Youth who have completed 4th-12th grade are eligible to participate in statewide camps at the Iowa 4-H Center.

October 6, 2015

4-H members must attend 4 meetings during the 4-H year to be able to exhibit at the 2017 Carroll County Fair.

woman using computer in kitchen
November 12, 2014

Iowans can expand their financial knowledge and skills without leaving home with free online classes and webinars from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and eXtension. The only requirement is a computer with Internet access.

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