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March 31, 2017

Online Tools for Healthy Choices

The ChooseMyPlate website,, includes a list of reliable online tools for making healthy choices:

March 31, 2017

Everyone experiences some form of stress.  Stress can cause various aches and pains, sleeping problems, anxiety or depression.  Some people turn to food for comfort.  This may lead to weight gain, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease or diabetes. 

March 31, 2017

The first Senate Farm Bill Reauthorization hearing was hosted at the Sioux County Extension office in late February.  Those attending heard testimony and questions from a wide range of producers and industry representatives.

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March 23, 2017

As we approach spring, we often start watching what soil temperatures are doing. In case you are interested, this is what the Iowa 4” soil temperature map looked like yesterday. 

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March 22, 2017

Join 4-H members from Region 12 to learn more about showmanship and grooming on Saturday, April 8th at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Coon Rapids.  Sessions will be held on: beef, sheep dairy goat, meat goat, swine, rabbit and poultry.

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March 15, 2017

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March 2, 2017

The days are getting longer.  Orchards are being pruned and the nice weather this week has all of us thinking about spring.  I hear apple buds are swelling at the Horticulture Station north of Ames and blueberry buds are swelling at my place in Des Moines.  Looking at growing degree days since January, the Southern 1/3rd of the state is slightly above average and the Northern 1/3 of the state is slightly below average for the year.  Warm temperatures are forecasted for the next 14 days which could put us well above average by the end of the month.

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March 1, 2017
February 28, 2017
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February 28, 2017

Weight loss is a common goal many people share. Research suggests that tracking what we eat and how much we move can help us reach and maintain a healthy weight. Apps can make this tracking easier and more fun.

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February 28, 2017
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January 18, 2017
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December 13, 2016

Deliviering the research, knowledge and experience of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to decision-makers in the field.  Gain the Advantage for 2017.

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December 1, 2016

The 2016 harvest is wrapping up in much of Northwest Iowa. With some limited exceptions, crop yields are being reported at record levels. Most would agree that weather was very favorable this year, but the proficiency of Northwest Iowa producers is to be applauded again. These larger yields are the major contributor to stabilizing per-acre revenues in light of the presently lower commodity markets. For at least a moment, it is good to pause, look for the positives and be thankful!

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December 1, 2016

Giving gifts of homemade cookies, cakes, and candies is a happy holiday tradition. But for many people, the gift of a plate of high-sugar, high-calorie goodies may not be as welcomed as it used to be. Two-thirds of adult Iowans are overweight, and many of them are struggling to keep a healthy weight. For them, the holidays can provide too many temptations to overeat.

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December 1, 2016

Breakfast cereals have been around for over 150 years! The first cereal was made in 1863, when a man named James Caleb Jackson created dried dough pieces that needed to be soaked in milk overnight to soften. After that, new varieties such as Corn Flakes, Puffed Wheat, Wheaties, Chex, and CherriOats (later named Cheerios) began to show up in stores.

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November 3, 2016

Spaghetti is most commonly thought of as an Italian food. However, spaghetti noodles make a great base for all kinds of meals. Add adventure to your diet by making new spaghetti dishes. The chart below shows how you can include most or all of the MyPlate food groups, all in one bowl!

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October 26, 2016
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