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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

August 20, 2014

Cherokee is a small rural community located in Northwest Iowa (51012). Despite being a small community we have always attempted to remain viable and progressive in our vision for the future. The vision of our local City Council and the citizens of Cherokee are to develop a trail system throughout the community to benefit the physical health and wellbeing of all citizens. Long-term our vision is to connect to trails in nearby communities, which can provide a boost to our economy as seen in other communities that have developed trail systems. We have begun the process and continue with our fundraising efforts to develop the trails envisioned by these groups.

To help the City of Cherokee be granted $7500.00 for the Trails System  








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June 6, 2014

The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are once again offering a series of summer garden webinars for the general public. Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee. Call 712-225-6196 to register.

Thurs. September 4 – Jeff Iles, Iowa State University Department of Horticulture, Chair and Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on “Replacing Ash Trees: Good Alternatives for Iowa”, providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

August 14, 2014

Cherokee, Iowa- Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women can have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a new Annie's Project course for women, is divided into the following planning areas:

  • Succession Planning - Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations.
  • Business Planning - Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth.
  • Estate Planning - Managing an individual's asset base in one's lifetime, at death or after death.
  • Retirement Planning - Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.

The five-week sessions start Monday, Aug. 25 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee located at 209 Centennial Dr. Classes start at 6 p.m. with a light supper provided at 5:30 p.m. This class is currently full. Please contact the office at 712-225-6196 to inquire about future Annie's programs.

August 11, 2014

YOU Can Become a Master Gardener

Are you a gardener who enjoys learning more about gardening, plants, and horticulture? Would you like to meet people who share your interest in gardening? If so, you may be interested in becoming a Master Gardener.

August 7, 2014

To see the slides utilized at the July 29th Farmland Leasing meeting, click HERE!





Yard and Garden: 

Properly Harvesting and Enjoying Melons

Late summer is a great time to harvest and enjoy homegrown melons. Knowing when to harvest is important for maximum taste. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share tips on ways to optimize the melon experience. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Establishing a Lawn from Seed

Now is prime time to establish a lawn from seed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on selecting seed and planting a new lawn, as well as overseeding an existing lawn. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Improve Landscape in Late Summer, Early Fall 

 As late summer becomes early fall, it is a great time to get outside and do some yard work. Get tips on great ways to improve the yard, trees, garden and flower beds from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or






Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Parents learn to be better parents, kids learn to resist peer pressure and together they learn to better communicate as a family through the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 from ISU Extension and Outreach. Watch the video.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

August 25, 2014 08:58 AM

Iowa now has 13 counties infested with Emerald Ash Borer after beetles were found in Story City.

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