County News

July 10, 2013

Make your MONEY and TECHNOLOGY work for you!

This is a WORKING workshop!  You will be working with your own financial information. The class is limited to 10 to allow space for privacy between participants.

flooded field
July 9, 2013

Farming is stressful - Extension can help. Extension staff can be resources for dealing with farm financial issues, crop issues or crop insurance, and livestock operation issues. Look here for resources and publications that can help or give us a call at 641-423-0844.

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.

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.

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

June 12, 2009

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

February 20, 2009

Weeds are Everywhere! Even in North Iowa. Use this reference to find out what weeds you may have in your landscape.

December 18, 2008

Get answers to questions from Iowa State University Extension Field Specialists.

October 30, 2008

Customer Care is on the decline everywhere you look. Heartland Hospitality will provide you and your employees with the tools to improve interaction with your customers.

June 12, 2008

A source of help and information for Iowans in need: Legal, Finance, Caring for Yourself and Others, Crisis/Disaster, Overcoming Adversity, and learn more about Iowa Concern.

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