County News

November 10, 2016

Do you love hosting guests in your garden? The 2017 Garden Calendar features gardening tips, phases of the moon and a new guest of the garden each month. Track your garden's progress and record your invited or uninvited garden guests too. It makes a great gift!  The calendar is available for purchase on line or in our office for $7.00.

January 13, 2017

The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert and individual work time.

January 13, 2017

Please plan to attend the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual conference, January 26-27 in Ankeny, IA.

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. 

January 6, 2017

After a successful inaugural conference in 2016, the second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa, on Feb.16-17. This year’s event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health with invited guest speakers from around the country.

January 4, 2017

Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 4, 2017

Awards recognize 4-H staff with ISU Extension and Outreach

January 4, 2017

Crops like conventional corn and soybeans are considered commodity crops; you grow them in large volumes and the profit margin you make per acre is relatively small. In fact, the past three years a lot of growers are not making any profit at all. Over the years, a conventional corn and soybean producer has probably received a net profit of about $20 per acre.

December 20, 2016

From producer panelists to academic and private industry representatives, the 2017 Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC) Conference will offer a wealth of information and experience to attendees.

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.

December 12, 2016

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

December 12, 2016

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 16 and Feb. 2.

December 12, 2016

Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Networks are for beginning and early-career farmers looking for an edge in managing and growing their farm business.  The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will continue their dairy beginning farmer series to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods.

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.

November 28, 2016

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2017. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

November 3, 2016

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a neurological disease infecting wild white-tailed deer in Iowa and other members of the Cervidae family in North America including mule deer, elk, moose, and caribou. This page provides information on the current status of the disease in Iowa, references to learn more about the disease, and some simple recommendations everyone can follow to reduce the spread of the disease and ensure safe consumption of venison harvested in Iowa.

September 20, 2016

Clayton County 4-H won the Regional Crop Scouting Competition on August 31 in Boone, Iowa.  They competed against youth from Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana.  Team members are Max Gibson, Ted Hilgerson, Andrey Shirbroun, Cole Deitchler and Matt Whittle.  Coaches are Joe and Suzanne Shirbroun.

September 15, 2016

More than 550 FFA members from 18 high schools in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin participated in the annual Iowa Dairy Expo held at the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Calmar.

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