County News

March 20, 2014

The Scott County Iowa Master Gardeners have worked hard, lining up a fantastic program and tours for the Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference June 25-28, 2014 at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf, Iowa. The theme for the conference is “Growing Along the River”, a reference to Master Gardeners’ common interest in growing and learning about plants, and the mighty Mississippi River, which not only flows by the conference facilities but also unites the states in the Upper Midwest region.

March 14, 2014

aha! Process, Inc. and regional event sponsors, The Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque – Project Hope, and City of Dubuque – Circles Initiative will host the Upper Mississippi Bridges Conference on June 9-10 in Dubuque, IA.  The event is aimed at groups from across Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois working to reduce poverty in their communities and to create opportunities for all.

March 5, 2014

The Swine Committee held a meeting on March 4th and ultimately decided to cancel the Swine Weigh-in scheduled for March 22, 2014 due to the risks involved with the PED virus. Unfortunately, this means the Derby Show will also be cancelled for the 2014 Dubuque County Fair. However, the swine show will still be held at this year's fair. As an alternative plan, 4-H members will be required to tag their swine and have all documentation returned to the Extension Office by March 31, 2014 if you plan to show Swine this year. Further instructions including proper tagging procedures and required documentation will be sent out to each family via mail within the next week.

February 20, 2014

Computers and tablets like iPads or Kindles can be wonderful tools for communicating with family, sharing photos, managing finances, locating information, and much more. This class will provide individualized, one-on-one mentoring for seniors who want to improve their computer skills.  The class is FREE!  Space is limited, however, so register now!

February 19, 2014

Iowa State University Extension is offering several ServSafe® classes for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep fo

February 6, 2014

Join Cindy Baumgartner, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist/Master Food Safety Advisor, for this workshop to learn the basics of canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods!

February 4, 2014

Mary Harris, an Iowa State University adjunct assistant professor of natural resource ecology and management, was part of a research team formed by the nonprofit Pollinator Partnership to monitor the level of neonicotinoid pesticides found in plant pollen collected by honey bees. The research indicates that the pesticides also contaminate nearby plants that are visited by a range of helpful pollinating insects.

January 15, 2014

Our Dairy Specialist can help farmers create a team of key players (nutritionists, veterinarians, reproduction specialists, etc.) to analyze herds and create improved (and more profitable) dairy operations.  Contact Larry Tranel for more details:

December 5, 2013

Madison, WI- A delegation of hundreds of 4-H’ers enjoyed several days of fun and learning during the 59th annual National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, September 29-October 2, 2013. The delegation included Andy Dougherty, Epworth and a member of the Farley Wranglers 4-H Club.

hoop house at Tree of Life CSA
November 26, 2013

Keeping our food dollars local is good for the Tri-States.  This new report shows the how producers, consumers and institutions committed to "buying local" can improve the economy for everyone.

November 7, 2013

On November 3rd, Dubuque County 4-H held its annual Awards Night at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. This event recognizes 4-H members, volunteers, leaders, and parents for their service and dedication to the 4-H program throughout the past year. More than 150 participants attended and enjoyed an ice-cream social followed by the presentation of awards.

September 5, 2013

Click here for all the 2013 State Fair Results!

September 4, 2013

Henry Kruse Jr. grew up being an active member of the Dyersville Jr. Farmers 4-H club. He later served Dubuque County by being a leader for over 40 years. He led all six of his children through the 4-H program and looks forward to watching his grandchildren participate in 4-H, too.

August 14, 2013

Although making friends comes naturally for many children, some children need a little help, says Susan Taylor, a family life program specialist with Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach.

Key Links of Interest for Farmers, Landowners, & Dairy News
July 1, 2013

Looking for information on Land Rental Rates, Land Values, or Pasture Rental? Check out this page for the latest info.

June 26, 2013

Dubuque County 4-H Youth Leader’s partnership with Kwik Stop has helped raise thousands of dollars to go towards the purchase of shoes and boots. This past week, Kwik Stop, an affiliation of Rainbo Oil Company, presented the youth leaders with a check for $2,696.65.

June 14, 2013

Click here to see job openings and internship postings for our Dubuque County office.

Health Insurance
May 22, 2013

Dramatic changes in the health insurance market have occurred as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Change continues with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange (referred to as “Exchanges”), open for enrollment October 1, 2013. Exchanges are a new mechanism for purchasing health insurance coverage.

March 19, 2013

Design your own series of face-to-face programs to jumpstart your employees to better health!  Investing in employee health is good for business, so let our experts put together a customized program that will meet your needs.

April 11, 2013

Congratulations to long-time volunteer and Extension Council member Barbara Thole.  This award recognizes her many contributions to the success of Dubuque County Extension and the 4-H program.

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