Business & Industry

Local Highlights

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October 27, 2016

Check out the November Newsletter from the Dickinson County Extension Office!  It is designed to share out upcoming educational program opportunities, as well as address the latest local questions, happenings, and helpful information for our communities. This edition includes Annual Reports for the County Extension Program and the ISU Extension & Outreach Program.

Pro Ag Flier
October 10, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host two Agricultural Outlook meetings in NW Iowa  on Nov. 9. The 3-hour morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Spencer and the afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. in LeMars. The program is designed to provide a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications. Each program will feature information presented by specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Cost is $20 if pre-registered or $25 at the door.

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August 18, 2016

We have had a number of oak tree branches and leaves brought into the office the last couple of weeks with "Woolly Tree Galls".  The galls look like dense wads of wool on the underside of leaves and are tan or pink in color. Galls are abnormal growths caused by insect bites on the leaves. In most cases, they won't harm the tree and there is no treatment. For more information on tree galls, check out this ISU Horticulture Article

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February 12, 2016

Our hometown hero and Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, is awarded the Outstanding 4-H Alum Award at the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. Hear his wonderful remarks about the 4-H Program.

Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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