County News

Colten Jepsen
July 20, 2015

Forty Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on July 2.

4-H Clover
July 14, 2015
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June 19, 2015

Adults often avoid talking about race with children, but young people notice similarities and differences among people. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to discuss the subject of race with their children -- even young ones, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

June 19, 2015

Several common disease problems can damage a rose’s natural beauty. Disease organisms can cause unsightly leaves, reduced flower production and result in the death of leaves or even the entire plant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give advice on how to keep roses healthy and protected from these diseases. To have additional questions answered, contact ISU Hotline at or call 515-294-3108.

June 19, 2015

Root vegetables come in many shapes, sizes and colors, are very nutrient-rich, and are typically avail-able year-round. Below is a chart indicating when some common root vegetables are in season. If chewing is difficult, root vegetables can easily be softened using a variety of cooking methods (e.g., bak-ing, steaming).

June 19, 2015

 Highly processed foods, such as prepared meals, white bread, cookies, chips, soda and candy, account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, according to a new study.

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June 19, 2015
Paige Amenell
May 27, 2015

There is a new and friendly face in the Crawford County Extension office.  Burlington, Iowa native Paige Amenell began her work as the Crawford County Program Coordinator on May 18, 2015. 

May 6, 2015

Have you ever wanted to know how to cook and use your own home grown herbs?

Community Garden
May 6, 2015

Garden Plots are available for members of the community to rent for 2015. 

News you can use
May 6, 2015

Peanut butter is a favorite among many Americans, especially when added to a classic PB and J sandwich. However, you may be asking yourself...why is peanut butter considered “healthy” if it is higher in calories and fat? 

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May 6, 2015

A Look at Energy Drinks: Paying the Price for Caffeine?     

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May 6, 2015
Family Storyteller
April 2, 2015

Georgia Hollrah and Collette Huntley participated in the Family Storyteller training.  They experienced an overview of the program workshops and completed the take home activities.   Watch for Family Storyteller program announcements from ISU Extension – Crawford County.

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April 2, 2015

 Reconsidering the Egg

Experts have warned against diets high in cholesterol for years and have suggested, for example, limiting egg yolk intake. The previous Dietary Guidelines for Americans* stated that Americans eat too much cholesterol and that high-cholesterol foods like eggs should be limited. Preliminary reports, however, indicate that the 2015 guidelines may no longer consider cholesterol as a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.

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April 2, 2015

With the summer months just around the corner, it’s
time to start thinking about fresh, seasonal produce.
Eating produce daily, whether fresh, frozen or canned, helps
fuel our body with the energy and nutrition it needs to stay
strong and healthy.

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April 1, 2015

The Siouxland Garden Show March 27 - 29 at the Sioux City Convention Center  is a garden party with something for everyone. From Friday through Sunday, the show will be filled with 11 regional and local speakers, 19 how-to sessions, 19 make-and-take projects, and nearly 50 Siouxland area business and organization exhibits.

April 1, 2015

It's the time of year when wild asparagus hunters are taking to roadside ditches and railway right-of-ways in search of this spring delicacy -– a hunt  that is rivaled only by the woodland hikes to find morel mushrooms. Coming home with a bounty of fresh greens is a treasure to be savored every spring. For the less adventurous and gardeners that want a "patch" all their own, this is also a good time to plan, purchase and plant asparagus in the home garden. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recommend asparagus varieties for Iowa gardens and share how to properly plant and harvest a home patch of asparagus. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

Emerald Ash
April 1, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this the 20th county in Iowa where this wood boring pest of ash trees has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

March 31, 2015
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