Dubuque County

A world of 4-H with you in it. Join 4-H!

Connect with our Dubuque County Master Gardeners to learn more about your yard & garden.

Our agriculture & dairy experts give you research-based, unbiased information about improving your business.

We need your ideas - join the discussion about aging in Dubuque County.

ISU celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which created the national Cooperative Extension System.

Dubuque County Extension

In these trying economic times, improving the quality of life in Iowa continues to be at the heart of ISU Extension’s work: collaborating with communities to reduce poverty; helping farmers and consumers enhance energy efficiency; educating Iowans about food, feed and fuel issues; and helping companies develop strategies to improve their bottom line.


2016 FARMLAND LEASING Powerpoint for Farmland Leasing & Land Value Meeting
LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS Looking for research-based gardening & food curriculem to help your students learn about the source of their food? Look no further! Lists all ISU Extension programs & resources for educators in school & community-based settings
LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES FOR INSTITUTIONS Learn about Dubuque Eats Well - Farm to Institution Working Group. Includes research-based information on food safety, procurement policy, distribution, planning and other information for institutional food service managers interested in buying local. 
SCHOOLS OUT DAY PROGRAMS Join us for some fun on your day off!
YARD AND GARDEN/HORTICULTURE:  Local highlights, events, news, resources and more! Monthly Lunch 'n Learn Garden Talks
MASTER GARDENERS:  Newsletters, training classes, Speakers Bureau, events, and more! 
LINKS FOR FARMERS, LAND OWNERS AND DAIRY NEWS:  custom farm rate survey, land values, cash rental rates, pasture rental rates, and more. Subscribe to the FREE "The Rural Innovator" email newsletter
LOCAL FOODS RESOURCES:  information for farmers, consumers, institutions and agencies interested in regional food systems.
4-H ONLINE:  web-based access for 4-H families to update their records and project information.
FAMILY LIFE:  find resources to help you manage your finances, control your credit, and plan for your future. Join the Mid-Life & Beyond discussion about issues surrounding aging in Dubuque County.
SOIL TESTING:  get information on how to take a good sample and send it in for analysis.  FYI:  You do not need to pick up a special bag at our office to send your soil sample to the ISU labs.
PHOTOS:   Check out the work our 4-H volunteers, Master Gardeners, and Extension Specialists are doing in Dubuque County.

County News

October 21, 2016

Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dubuque County Council from a slate of six candidates at the Nov. 8 general election. 

Read the article to find out more about the candidates. 

October 17, 2016

Rich Henderson, Master Gardener, will be wrapping up the year, sharing insights on ways to maximize space and production through vertical gardening and other growing methods. Learn how to go beyond traditional gardening to get the most from each season.


October 12, 2016

With support from Dubuque County ISU Extension & Outreach, Sustainable Dubuque and Dubuque Rescue Mission, the Dubuque Community Garden Coalition is a partnership of community organizations and gardeners who work together to expand opportunities to grow food in the city.

The Adventure Comes to You
September 30, 2016

November 17, 2016 at Clarke Univeristy - Join us for this no cost presentation with ISU Food Science & Human Nutrition Faculty Dr. Stephanie Clarke, and Dr. Ruth MacDonald on the impacts of food processing on the food system & human health. 

August 30, 2016

Dubuque County Master Gardeners will be “hitting the road” to answer plant and gardening questions on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:30pm twice each month during the growing season, March-November, at City and County libraries around Dubuque County. 

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

October 24, 2016 09:38 AM

Registration remains open for 16th annual Iowa Organic Conference to be held Nov. 13-14 in Iowa City.

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