County News

November 17, 2016

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving the return from their enterprise are invited to a strategy-focused workshop hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mapleton on Wednesday, Dec. 14. ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Beth Doran said this meeting is the first in a statewide series set for this winter, and will include a variety of topics that relate to feeding and marketing.

November 15, 2016

Young dairy farmers seeking to improve the production of their cows and fine-tune their dairy business are invited to participate in the winter Dairy Start to Farm series. Sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College in Sioux Center. The purpose of the Dairy Start to Farm series is to give young dairy farmers who are within their first 10 to 12 years of farming the opportunity to share ideas and learn about new resources available to them. 

PPAT
September 1, 2016

Attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20. You need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. See full details here.

November 29, 2016

Simple Christmases that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible, according to Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. In fact, she says a $10 limit per person is possible by carefully planning holiday spending. The first step to achieving a small holiday limit is to make the decision to hold down spending. 

November 17, 2016

One hundred seven local youth participated in Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Fall STEM Fest at Northwest Iowa Community College on Nov. 12. STEM Fest is a free educational event for 4th through 8th grade students hosted twice a year, with the focus being Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

October 24, 2016

Thirteen local women recently completed Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Annie’s Project” in Cherokee. “Annie’s Project” is a hands-on agricultural class taught and facilitated mostly by women for women. The focus this fall was risk management, including financial, production, price and market, legal and personal risk.  

September 28, 2016

Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the “Your Money, Your Goals” toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Iowa Lakes Community College (Room 114) in Spencer. Course registration ends Friday, Dec. 12, 2016.

September 28, 2016

College students who just got their dorm room organized this school year will suddenly face the chore of tackling financial aid paperwork for the 2017-18 academic year. This Saturday, Oct. 1, is the new kick-off for FAFSA®, the federal government’s one form for Federal Student Aid. Completing the Free Application for FAFSA® is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.

September 26, 2016

Creating Opportunities for 4th-8th grade youth in addressing the Iowa Governor's STEM Initiative...

September 22, 2016

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach visited the families to inform them of a special connection they have to Iowa's land grant university, and introduce them to the project.

September 9, 2016

Early Childhood Professionals are invited to join us for any or all of our online training sessions taking place from September through May. Classes are interactive and fun! Explore important topics that help you provide great care to the children in your center or home! Each training session is suitable for all training levels and provides each participant with 1.5 hours of continuing education for DHS. Please note - Online trainings do count as group setting credit because of the high level of group interactions. 

August 6, 2016

Check out these great, healthy ideas for reinventing the brown paper bag lunch!

May 2, 2016

FarmAnswers.org is the USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher clearinghouse, providing resources to help young producers get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed. Farmers and ranchers can find online courses, videos, presentations, apps, and other materials to answer farming and ranching questions. 

March 28, 2016

Myron and Joyce Pingel, Cherokee, Iowa, have been named Iowa Master Farmers by Wallaces Farmer magazine. They are among four Iowa farm families that will be recognized during ceremonies in West Des Moines on March 25. The other families are Bill and Cindy Northey, Spirit Lake; Tom and Anita Wall, Iowa City; and Clark and Judi Yeager, Ottumwa.

February 24, 2016

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase

February 24, 2016

Swine facility managers can determine the approximate level of energy that should be used to both heat swine in the winter and keep them cool in warmer months using benchmarks in a new extension publication.

February 23, 2016

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support these changes can come more easily. 'Words on Wellness,' a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years. 

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