County News

Record Book Cover
July 19, 2016

Don't let record keeping get you down! The  Iowa State 4-H site has all the forms you need and in a format where you can TYPE the information and not have to handwrite it. Woo Hoo! http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/record-keeping

Photo of woolly oak tree gall
July 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  http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/8-25/oakgalls.html

Photo of Combine in Field
February 12, 2016

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available on-line! This very popular publication from ISU Extension serves as a guide for individuals who hire custom work or perform custom work within our state. The survey also includes rates for renting machinery and providing other machinery operations. The custom rate charged for a service should cover the expense to own as well as operate the machinery, including fuel and the operator’s labor.

Image from Bill Northey Video Clip
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llsWP6q1oRA

Image of Iowa Map and Farmland Rates by County
November 30, 2015

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre — having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year’s survey.

photo of animal collage
October 22, 2015

The State 4-H Office has made some changes/updates in the livestock area for 2016.  Most pertain to how animals are identified (ID) in 4honline, however, there are some changes in horse, meat goat, and poultry as well. Take a look at the Livestock Change List.

Iowa Map
February 28, 2015

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.
 

Food Produce Photo
February 18, 2015

In Iowa, local food is fun, but it also is a vehicle for rural economic development, as four new videos from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach show.

Credit Report Checklist
May 10, 2015

When is the last time you checked your credit report? Do you know you can check your credit rating for FREE?. Did you know, a Federal Trade Commision Study found that  5% of consumers had errors on ther credit reports? 

May 1, 2015

We encourage 4-H families to use these NEW online links to enroll in 4-H, add or drop project areas, change contact information, verify livestock identification information and more. Come see how quick and easy it is to be in 4H!

Answerline Logo
February 8, 2015

Get An Answer... with one of Iowa State University Hotlines. They provide quick reliable information related to home & family, teens, food preparation, horticulture, farming, finances, legal issues, or continuing education. This is the spot for answers!

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