County News

August 19, 2014

Joann and Martin Kruse of Delaware County were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Eighty-two counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.

July 22, 2014

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented, and the percentage of farmland rented has increased over time due to the changing demographics of farmland owners. Iowa farmland cash rental rates decreased by $10 an acre from 2013 to 2014; northeast Iowa cash rental rates decreased by over 1.4 percent in 2014. Additionally, farmland values have increased by 7.4 percent in northeast Iowa from 2012 to 2013, but have leveled off in the first quarter of 2014.

July 21, 2014

 The 4-H and FFA livestock sale totaled $306,449.68 at the 2014 Delaware County Fair, according to information provided by the Delaware County Extension Office.

May 27, 2014

Delaware County ISU Extension and Outreach and Delaware County Economic Development are excited to partner and host an upcoming educational workshop on safe home food preservation. 

May 21, 2014

Iowa State Engineering Kids and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Region 11 4-H Presents ISEK!

May 19, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting three meetings in Northeast Iowa in June. 

May 19, 2014

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can help Iowans identify the mushrooms growing in their backyards and elsewhere, but cannot say whether they’re safe to eat.

May 2, 2014

Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active, says Cindy Thompson, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life/family finance program specialist.

May 1, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999, according to William Edwards, retired extension economist who directs the survey.

ServSafe Certification Class/Training
April 6, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe  food safety certification classes.  ServSafe meets the criteria for an individual to become a "Certified Food Protection Manager" (CFPM).  ServSafe training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

February 20, 2014

This series of talks are provided for the public to give them information about gardening topics.   Each lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 116 Guetzko Court in Manchester.  The Delaware County Master Gardeners ask for a $2 donation to cover the cost of bringing in these speakers.*
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Propane Cost Pork Producers
February 4, 2014

The recent spike in propane prices is additional incentive for pork producers to conserve heating energy.  Producers may have propane contracted at a reasonable rate, but managing heating costs should always be a priority, especially when expenses are rising.

Rural Innovator Newsletter beginning farmers
January 22, 2014

ISU Extension and Outreach has created a new online newsletter to support beginning and transitioning farmers. “The Rural Innovator” is a quarterly, online newsletter that connects beginning farmers with resources, innovators with ideas and technology and transitioning farmers with the next generation.
   

Dairy Iowa Profitability Team Iowa State University Extension
January 22, 2014

Iowa dairy farm operations need to be profitable and today have access to many on-farm services to aid them with management and technology issues.  Sometimes a dairy producer can have a challenge with a certain farm practice, or perhaps they want to take their operation to the next level.  These may require a team management approach of their key dairy suppliers.  With these in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, plus several industry partners, have created the Dairy Iowa Profitability Team.

Michaela 4-H Banquet
November 14, 2013

The 64th annual Delaware County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held on November 4 at the Earlville United Parish in Earlville.

Brittany Bethel Regional Foods Coordinator
October 4, 2013

ISU Extension and Outreach’s Regional Foods Coordinator, Brittany Bethel, is among the recipients of the Nourish Iowa Awards, established to recognize individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on the advancement of food security, food access and health at the community, regional or state levels.  Bethel conducted a live food demonstration and recipe tasting at the Manchester Farmers’ Market in August.

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