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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.

                           2015 Fair Dates

                                                                    Cherokee County Fair | July 16 - 19
                                                                    Iowa State Fair | August 13 - 23
                                                                    Clay County Fair | September 12 - 20


County News

June 23, 2015

ISU and the USDA has compiled many resources to help keep you informed and birds safe. Eggs and poultry are safe to eat, stresses Iowa State University food safety specialists. Find answers about the human side of avian flu.

NW Iowa Research Farm Field Day
June 23, 2015

Iowa State University (ISU) Northwest Iowa Research Farm field day, Wednesday, July 8. The research farm is located south of Calumet in O’Brien County. ISU Extension and Outreach continues to anticipate Iowans’ needs for their farms, families, businesses, and communities.Registration and coffee is at 9 a.m. with the field day starting at 9:30. A noon lunch will be available for attendees at a minimal charge.

Farmland Leasing and Land Value Northwest Iowa
June 19, 2015

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented. In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land. In Northwest Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates. Workshops will be held across northwest Iowa counties starting July 23 through July 31. Details and registration forms here.

June 15, 2015

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering Robotics and Technology Camp for youth entering 4th – 6th grade Monday to Wednesday, July 6-8, at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus located at 303 Fenton Ave. There is space for 20 campers.

Thursday to Saturday, July 9 – 11, register for Mad Scientists Camp held at the Cherokee Community Center, 530 W Bluff St. This camp is for youth entering 6th to 8th grades. Camps run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Deadline to register is June 22.

June 8, 2015

Need help with the Iowa State Fair livestock entry? Review the Iowa State Fair livestock entry help sheet!




Yard and Garden: 

Successfully Growing Azaleas and Rhododendrons

AMES, Iowa – Azaleas and rhododendrons are spectacular flowering shrubs that can brighten any yard or garden. Even though there are many species of azaleas and rhododendrons, only a small number can successfully be grown in Iowa.

Here are some tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showing what steps to take to ensure successfully grown azaleas and rhododendrons. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at or call 515-294-3108515-294-3108.




 Growing Beautiful Bearded Iris

AMES, Iowa -- It's a magical time when bearded irises unfurl their pencil-slim buds to reveal a kaleidoscope of color in spring. Bearded iris is among the most elegant, and easy to grow, flowers of spring. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at or call 515-294-3108515-294-3108.













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