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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Cherokee County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business, or farm, look to Cherokee County Extension and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions.

County News

October 28, 2014

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 15, 2014. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering a free workshop to help local residents understand how to make “Smart Choices” for purchasing health care coverage. The Smart Choice workshop takes place Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee located at 209 Centennial Drive. Pre-registration is requested by calling the office at 712-225-6196712-225-6196.

October 27, 2014

Emerald Borer Ash has been found in Iowa. The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to keep spreading through-out the State of Iowa... are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

October 23, 2014

Informational Meetings Offered Across Northwest Iowa in November and December.  Meetings include USDA-Farm Service Agency Staff Expertise. Details here.

October 15, 2014

The ISU Extension and Outreach office in Clay County has an opening for the Associate Director of Youth Programming, Click on link for details.

www.extension.iastate.edu/clay/news/clay-county-extension-position-opening

October 2, 2014

 AMES, Iowa—Many Iowans are choosing to live on small farms or acreages and they have a variety of reasons. According to the Census of Agriculture, one-third of Iowa farms are small farms with 50 acres or less. Iowans say small farms offer a quiet place to retire and open spaces to raise young families. Some are drawn to the rural lifestyle by memories of growing up on a farm or visiting a grandparent’s farm. Others want to raise their own food, make a positive contribution to the environment or contribute to the local food system.  Fall 2014 Newsletter

 

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Yard and Garden: 

Properly Planting Tulips in Fall

Tulips may bring thoughts of warm weather, spring, new life -- even a sense of renewal. But to enjoy tulips in spring, the best time to act is now. Tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs should be planted in October, giving them enough time to establish themselves for spring growth.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the best way to plant spring flowers this fall. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

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Properly Overwintering Geraniums

As fall arrives and the leaves begin to change, we are reminded that it won’t be long until the first frost hits and winter arrives. We all have outdoor plants, but many of us wonder about the best way to treat them to survive winter. How should you handle your geraniums to make sure they last through winter to thrive next spring?

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on overwintering geraniums. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

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Explore Fall-Blooming Bulbs, Trees and Shrubs

People typically think of fall as a time when plant life is winding down, a time of harvest, preservation and preparation for spring. But a number of plants and trees bloom in the fall, giving the landscape an extra boost. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on using bulbs, trees and shrubs to their best advantage this fall. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

October 29, 2014 01:59 PM

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the best way to prepare yard and garden supplies...

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