County News

Jody Gatewood
June 11, 2013

When you’re planning your meals and writing your grocery list, do you ever wonder how many fruits and vegetables to buy or how to get the best deals on them? If so, check out our new series of 2-3 minute ‘how to’ videos.

MG Bus Tour 2013
June 10, 2013

This year’s Gardeners Bus Tour was once again a huge success. Here are some pictures from this year's trip on June 8, 2013. Be watching next year for our 2014 Gardeners Bus Tour to more horticulture destinations in Iowa.

June 5, 2013

Love LEGOs? Want to learn to make them move with a simple computer program? Join us at "LEGO WeDo" for new and exciting challenges! LEGO WeDo is for kids who have completed Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Two sessions include: Wild Animals-June 17, 19, & 21 from 9:30-11:30 am and Adventure Stories-August 12,14 & 16 from 9:30-11:30 am.

Clover Kids
June 5, 2013

Cerro Gordo County Extension is excited to offer Clover Kids Summer Camp! Designed as an introduction to 4-H project areas and activities, Clover Kids is perfect for kids who live in the city, in a rural area, or on a farm.  This is a great way to get involved in 4-H!

May 30, 2013

The frequent rains that have soaked Iowa this year have left many corn and soybean fields unplanted or with flooded areas. Many producers are wondering what options they have under their multiple peril crop insurance (MPCI) policies. Read here for more...

May 22, 2013

Kanawha, Iowa – The annual spring field day will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at the ISU Research Farm near Kanawha starting at 9 am.  Nashua, Iowa – The annual spring field day will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at the ISU Research Farm near Nashua starting at 1 pm.  Both field days are free and open to the public.

Your Money Your Future
April 25, 2013

Technology is helping Americans get a better handle on their day-to-day finances, especially when it comes to routine tasks such as creating budgets and tracking spending.  Plan to attend this exciting opportunity for individuals wanting to learn the basics and best practices in using technology for personal financial management.

Rick pruning
April 23, 2013

Click here to see pictures that were taken at the Shade & Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on April 6, 2013 on a farm east of Manly.

April 15, 2013

Non-Terminal Swine Show. All animals released after the show. Pre-Registration is encouraged, but swine may be entered the day of the show. Prizes. Iowa Swine: Need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued by a Certified Iowa Veterinarian. Out of State Swine: Must present test record and Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Bring your own bedding.

Jr. Camp
February 8, 2013

Do tubing, hiking, and s'mores sound like fun? Then 4-H Camp is the place for you! Space is limited, and you will not want to be left out. Camp information for June 2013 will be coming soon.

4-H Teen Council
December 13, 2012

Cerro Gordo County 4-H Teen Council found out that serving the community can be a fun experience in itself. The 4-H Teen Council spent Wednesday evening purchasing Toys for Tots at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City.

October 24, 2012

This calendar offers homegrown beauty, local places to enjoy food festivals, monthly garden tips, and ideas to enjoy and preserve garden produce. Keep one for your garden journal. Only $6 each! Makes a great gift, too!

October 18, 2012

Twenty-seven people from throughout north-central Iowa recently participated in the Iowa Master Conservationist class.  Master Conservationists are individuals that share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa’s natural resources and in becoming better stewards of Iowa’s resources.

October 5, 2012

Oct. 7-13 was National 4-H Week, and Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach celebrated 4-H youth who have made an impact in our community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. In Cerro Gordo County, 4-H hosted celebrations and invited youth to learn about and enroll in 4-H.

April 23, 2012

Brenda Schmitt is the Family Finance Program Specialist providing programming and educational materials for the Northcentral area. Reach Brenda by calling 641.512.0650 or by email at

April 11, 2012

"In response to freezing temperatures, the oxalic acid in the leaves will translocate (move) to the rhubarb stalk. Once frozen, the leaf tissue will initially appear 'water soaked' and then wilt, and eventually blacken along the edges or where tissue was damaged. Once the plant experiences a damaging freeze, the stalks should not be eaten, and should be removed from the plant.

April 10, 2012

 If you or someone you know is interested in joining the 4-H program or would like more information, please contact the Cerro Gordo County Extension office at 641-423-0844.  You can also e-mail Alicia Schmitta at  for more information.

February 2, 2012

The USDA recently released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map for the Unites States. This is the first time it has been updated since 1990. Most of north central Iowa has been reclassified from zone 4b to zone 5a. Even though your location may now be consi

August 24, 2010

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic insect that is destructive to ash trees (Fraxinus species). The adult stage causes minor feeding damage to ash foliage. The larval stage feeds beneath the bark and disrupts water and nutrient flow within the tree,

June 12, 2009

Managing Tough Times: Money Managing Articles by Brenda Schmitt, ISU Family Resource Specialist.

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