County News

SFP 10-14
March 9, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County and Helping Services for youth and families partnered to offer the Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14.  The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence and research based parent, youth, and family skills-building program designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parent/youth communication skills, increase academic success in youth, and prevent violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school.  

March 9, 2017

On February 28, members of the county extension staff and 4-H members in Delaware County met with their legislators at the annual Iowa Extension Council Association Legislative Day and 4-H Public Leadership Experience held at the Capitol in Des Moines. They joined more than 100 other extension council members, 4-H members and extension supporters from across the state sharing how ISU Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources. 

the sky's the limit
February 27, 2017

Join us on an after school adventure!  Become an engineer by building wind tunnels and engineering flying technologies. Design flying disks and drop copters and test their flying ability using your wind tunnel! During this after school program you will learn about engineering, technology, and the Engineering Design Process. Explore aeronautical engineering and learn how to design things that can fly inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Let’s see if your flying object can reach for the sky!

February 24, 2017

Words on Wellness (WOW) promotes a healthy lifestyle. Get reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety. This month's edition includes tracking your health, a teriyaki rice bowl recipe, facts about the date on your food package, and swimming! 

Pirates at Day Camp
February 23, 2017

On February 17th, youth ages 7-9 joined the Delaware County Extension youth staff for “Island Adventures”. During this School’s Out Day Camp, youth learned about island life and got to be a pirate for the day!

spring bulbs
February 23, 2017

Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth.

February 9, 2017

Operation ReLeaf is a program to help Alliant Energy customers save energy in their homes using trees to provide shade during the summer and windbreaks during the winter. Brought to you in partnership with Alliant Energy, Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau and Delaware County Extension, this is a great opportunity for area residents to purchase landscape trees that retail between $65.00 and $125.00 for only $25.00. You do not need to live in Delaware county to purchase trees from this distribution.

February 9, 2017

Each year the Delaware County Master Gardener’s hold an educational lecture series “Monday’s in March”.  These talks are designed to both educate and entertain anyone interested in gardening and growing.  All programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 116 Guetzko Court in Manchester.  The series this year will celebrate the twenty-third year of the project and promises to be filled with a lot of great information, instruction, and fun.

Palmer amaranth
February 9, 2017

Palmer amaranth, a new weed to Iowa and a serious threat to production agriculture, has now been discovered in at least 48 counties. Farmers, farmer advisers and others interested in learning how to identify and manage this new threat may attend a "Keep Palmer Amaranth off Your Farm" workshop at several eastern Iowa locations, according to Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 1, 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.  

February 1, 2017

Delaware County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

February 1, 2017

The totals for Iowa Master Gardeners in 2016 are staggering – 119,670 volunteer hours accumulated by 1,930 volunteers. That equals an impressive 62 hours worked per volunteer, significantly more than the 20 hours Master Gardener volunteers are required to complete each year. Delaware County Master Gardeners volunteered over 1,850 hours to local projects throughout the county.


January 31, 2017

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification.  The Delaware/Dubuque County workshop will be offered on February 16 at 1:30 at FarmTek in Dyersville. 

January 30, 2017

Each year the Delaware County Master Gardener’s hold an educational lecture series “Monday’s in March”.  These talks are designed to both educate and entertain anyone interested in gardening and growing.  All programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 116 Guetzko Court in Manchester.  The series this year will celebrate the twenty-third year of the project and promises to be filled with a lot of great information, instruction, and fun.  The first lecture will be held on Monday, March 6, and will continue each Monday throughout the month with a different topic and speaker each night.  The public is invited, with a $2 donation taken at the door.   Weather related cancellations will be announced on KMCH radio. 

January 30, 2017

Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are teaming up with University of Nebraska—Lincoln and the Nebraska Beef Council to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at five Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 9. IBC extension beef program specialist Erika Lundy said these sessions are offered annually in Nebraska and a cooperative arrangement between the two state universities offers Internet access for Iowans to the afternoon session.

January 30, 2017

Delaware County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

January 30, 2017

In January, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County held Rockets and Rovers, an after school program at St. Mary’s School in Manchester. The program was held on three Wednesdays after school for 3rd through 5th graders.

January 18, 2017

Was saving more money, getting out of debt, buying wisely, or just looking ahead to your financial future part of your New Years resolution?  ISU Money Tips helps you make the most out of your money.

January 12, 2017

Come join us for some fun on your day off from school.  Youth ages 7-9 are invited to attend two day camp programs on their days off from school, February 1 and February 17 at the Extension Office in Manchester.   

January 12, 2017

Winter is here, and the weather outside is cold and unhospitable for many plants and trees. However, it’s a great time to begin new indoor-friendly plants and trees that can benefit from warmer indoor temperatures and winter sunlight.

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