County News

June 5, 2015

Meet Bobbi Jo Wild from Lansing, Iowa! She has been hired as the new County Youth Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cerro Gordo County. You can contact Bobbi Jo at 641-423-0844 or email her at bobbiw@iastate.edu.

Master Gardener
May 19, 2015

Current Master Gardeners should look here for information on reporting education/volunteer hours. Master Gardener Classes are scheduled to begin here at the Cerro Gordo County Extension office in September! Anyone interested in gardening is encouraged to call Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 and register! Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Extension, and use that training to volunteer for 40 hours in their communities.

Gardeners
May 18, 2015

Gardeners of America and Men's Garden Clubs of America National Convention, June 25-27, 2015, educational seminars, banquets, bus tour. Volunteer hours are available for Master Gardeners. To register or inquire about earning volunteer hours, go to www.tgoa-mgca.org or call Lee Olson at 641-430-1036. Open to the public, all are welcome!

May 5, 2015

Whimsy - 2015 Garden Calendar - Gardens bring tasty food, delightful color, refreshing fragrance, rustling leaves, and enervating prickles and tickles. Sometimes they even tickle the fancy. This year's calendar captures the sense of playfulness found in many gardens. Take a whimsical journey through the seasons in photography, verse, and quippy garden quotes. Makes a great gift and a handy garden journal too! Only $1 each!

Planting
April 23, 2015

To learn more about gardening, contact the Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach office or visit the online ISU Extension store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/  .

WLL
April 6, 2015

A Cerro Gordo County Women, Land and Legacy Meeting was held on March 26, 5:30-8:00 pm, 4-H Learning Center, North Iowa Events Center, Mason City with 27 people attending. The program topic was "Spring Landscaping & Gardening for the Farm." Women, Land and Legacy discussion meetings offer presentations and discussion on topics that are a concern of women involved in farming. Everyone is invited to come. Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for discussion topics by calling Cerro Gordo County Extension, 641-423-0844.

Brucemore Manson
March 31, 2015

The bus is full! To have your name added to our waiting list, please call 641-423-0844. The Cerro Gordo County Extension 7th Annual Gardeners Bus Tour will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:30 am-7 pm. Educational and fun stops include K & K Gardens in Hawkeye, Brucemore Mansion and the Czech district in Cedar Rapids, and a large family dairy farm southwest of Cedar Falls. The tour will involve moderate walking.

Mason City Community Garden
March 18, 2015

Mason City Community Gardens: Rent a plot and grow a garden! Two garden locations will be available offering two plot sizes: GARDEN ACRES – 900 block S. Kentucky and Willow Creek Garden - 1ST ST SW & MADISON AVE. Plot fees are required before the plot can be assigned. The fee will cover water and rough tillage costs. Look here for more information or call Cerro Gordo County Extension & Outreach at 641-423-0844.

Preserve
February 6, 2015

Don't know what to do with your excess garden produce? Do you want to learn how to preserve food safely at home? Come to Food Preservation 101: Introductory Course for Home Food Preservation at Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, February 17, 2015!
 

Cover Crops
February 5, 2015

Look here to find ISU Extension publications online! Topics include: Families & Consumers, Agriculture Production & Management, Community & Business Interests, Natural Resources, and Other Interests.

Crop Clinic
January 15, 2015

Commercial and Private Pesticide Applicator Training information, Cerro Gordo County Extension. For pesticide testing in Mason City at NIACC, call Gary Show at 641-422-4266.

4-H spin book
January 9, 2015

4-H’er or NOT, we have some fun and exciting things planned for 2015! Check out our new SPIN book and find out more. This book lists activities from now until July 2015 with tentative time frames. If something interests you, please send us your contact information and which sessions you would enjoy. We will send out more information on each session as it approaches! Come have FUN with 4-H!

Farm safety
January 1, 2015

Farm Safety is important!

December 17, 2014

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, December 10, 2014 purchasing Toys for Tots at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City.

December 16, 2014
Identity theft is growing; the fastest growing type of financial fraud.12 million reported cases of fraud last year resulted in $9 million in lost income. The average payment last year was $9,650. Extension and Outreach finance specialists offer log on and learn sessions to learn more.
August 27, 2014

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,

A Gift Worth Sharing
December 17, 2013

Education from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a gift worth sharing. We're feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping their communities prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation better than we found it. Together ... making a difference for Iowans.

October 4, 2013

FaceBook and Twitter in the class room Why's and How-to's.

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.

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