County News

January 10, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County is now offering training on “Your Money, Your Goals,” a financial empowerment toolkit that provides frontline workers with resources and tools to help their clients take steps towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.
 

poinsettia
December 27, 2016

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be. Here are some great alternative ideas to handle holiday plants following the season.  
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer queries regarding reuse and recycling of holiday plants. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

County Council
December 27, 2016

Members of the 4-H Delaware County Council shopped for items to donate to Operation Santa Claus as part of their winter service project on Wednesday, December 21st.  The group donated over $250 worth of new toys, new clothes, and other necessities to the project.  

December 20, 2016

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for farmer in your life? Consider a truly unique gift of education with a registration to the Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, 2017. This conference for beef producers from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be held at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

December 19, 2016

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own back yard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-27, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. Continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification also will be offered.

Cow/Calf Photo
December 19, 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. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will share information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.

December 19, 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. Farmland values hit a historic high in 2013, but have steadily declined since then. The statewide average value for an acre of farmland is now about 17.5 percent lower than 2013 values.
 

December 13, 2016

Delaware County’s new crop of Master Gardener Trainees have completed their 40 hours of classroom training and are now classified as Master Gardener Interns through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU College of Agriculture. 

December 13, 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. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 19 and Feb. 2. Delaware County will host an event on February 2.

December 7, 2016

To become certified initially, applicators must take the exam offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  The local test date and location will be March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Fairgrounds, Manchester.  The Private Pesticide Applicator CICs for Delaware County will be offered on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maquoketa Valley Auditorium, Delhi and Wednesday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Manchester.  

December 7, 2016

Delaware County will host reshows for the Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators.  The courses provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators.  

December 5, 2016

The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference will spotlight competitive advantages of Midwest beef producers, according to Denise Schwab, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The conference will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

November 30, 2016

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).  Find class and registration information here! 

November 30, 2016

Curriculum training based on the scientific foundation of the 2015 - 2020 Dietary Guidelines.  Teachers will become acquainted with the latest research in the field and the ability to employ various nutrition education tools and resources in the classroom.  Introduces Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms to hot topics in nutrition as well as career opportunities and includes 8 lessons designed for two 50-minute or one 90 minute class period. 

November 21, 2016

The 67th annual Delaware County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held on Sunday, November 20th at Fireside Pub and Steakhouse in Manchester.

November 17, 2016

We are heading into the holiday season - family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food served is definitely part of the holiday cheer. The merriment can change to misery if your turkey, stuffing or other food makes you or others ill.  Cindy Baumgartner, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talks food safety this holiday season!

November 17, 2016

Four Delaware County residents were elected to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County Council in the Nov. 8 general election. They are John Dolan, Jamie Helmrichs, Roger Helmrichs and Kelly Jared. 

November 17, 2016

Commercial manure applicators may attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware Countyand the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at the Delaware County Extension Office.  

November 15, 2016

Iowans can eat healthy and stick to a tight grocery budget. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” has been helping families do so for more than seven years, and a newly designed website makes it even easier.

November 14, 2016

Fall is open enrollment season for many health insurance plans. However, consumers shouldn’t rely on auto enrollment to handle this important risk management decision, says Joyce Lash, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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