County News

February 16, 2017

The Iowa Nut Growers Association (INGA) will be hosting the 2017 Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference in beautiful Decorah IA March 3rd and 4th.  This annual conference is attended by growers from throughout the Midwest.

February 10, 2017

When a couple has a healthy relationship, their family is more likely to be stable and their children have agreater opportunity to flourish, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 10, 2017

Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist and D. Allen Pattillo, Aquaculture/Aquaponics/Fisheries Specialistwill speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) at the ISU Northeast Research Farm near Nashua.

February 3, 2017

There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.

4-H Clover
February 3, 2017

This month's newsletter has upcoming dates and information on changes to the 2017 Chickasaw County Achievement Fair!

February 3, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center.

January 27, 2017

Throughout 2016, nearly 2,000 dedicated volunteers worked to help beautify and grow the state of Iowa. These volunteers come from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and combined to spend nearly 120,000 hours volunteering during the last year.

January 27, 2017

Beef producers who are interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out the Iowa Beef Center’s newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and now reflects the updated guidelines in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."

January 27, 2017

The 2017 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 11 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 23rd year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

kitchen tools
January 27, 2017

Dear Dads,

Are you interested in freshening up your cooking skills and learning a trick or two in the kitchen? Maybe you’d like to expand your abilities past the typical dinners you prepare?

January 20, 2017

Likely you have noticed that food offerings, recipes, restaurant menus, and grocery products have changed a lot in the last ten years.  Health issues, dietary needs, convenience, consumer awareness, and waste reduction initiatives are just some of the factors that have driven changes in the culinary market. Marlene Geiger at the ISU Extension Answerline recently wrote about some ‘expert’ predictions of what we will likely see more of in 2017.

January 17, 2017

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants. Are there precautions to take to avoid damage?

January 10, 2017

With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations. 

money
January 10, 2017

Take advantage of the various scholarships that are available!

2017
January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!  We are kicking 2017 off with several different workshops and other opportunities - check out the January Newsletter for all the details!

December 15, 2016

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

December 12, 2016

In December Iowans may be counting their holiday shopping days and wondering how far their money will stretch. They may be trying to refinance a business or agricultural loan, plan for taxes or figure out how to make the tuition payment that’s due after the first of the year.

Happy Holidays!
November 30, 2016

Look inside the newsletter for Awards Program Recognition!

November 28, 2016

One of the challenges of surviving an Iowa winter is keeping the water you use from freezing. A little bit of science and a healthy dose of trial and error have yielded ideas for avoiding the hassles of unwanted ice. Let's look at some advice regarding winter protection for water pipes.

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