Dubuque County

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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.


YARD AND GARDEN/HORTICULTURE:  Local highlights, events, news, resources and more! 
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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

November 24, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January. Crop Advantage Series provides the latest information to promote profitable decision-making for upcoming growing seasons. Sessions will be held in Waterloo on Jan 22nd and Iowa City on Jan 28th. Read the full story for more details and a full list of locations.

November 24, 2014

At the Driftless Beef Conference in Dubuque on January 23, 2015, nationally-known beef expert Jude Capper from Washington State University will address the sustainability of the beef industry and analyze beef's environmental footprint. Read this story for more information about Capper's presentation and details about the conference.

November 24, 2014

Travis Meteer and colleagues at the Orr Research Center near Baylis, Illinois, looked into the effect of lush, spring pastures on pregnancy rates. The wet, high protein grass may cause nutritional challenges to high producing beef cows leading to lower conception rates. Their research showed a benefit from supplemental feed on AI conception rates. With the high cost of bred cows and feeder calves, some additional feed to improve conception rates may increase profitability.  As part of the 2015 Driftless Beef Conference in Dubuque, Meteer will present a breakout session on this research that includes the effects of supplementation on spring pastures.

November 18, 2014

What is the big deal about Emerald Ash borer and how does it impact our trees and environment? Learn how to identify Emerald Ash Borer, ash trees, and signs of infestation. Presented by DNR rep., Iowa State Entomologist, and our very own City Forester! 

November 17, 2014

Please extend a warm welcome to Beth Oberhoffer, our new County Youth Coordinator.  Through community building, resource sharing, educational support, and outreach, Oberhoffer will be working to develop partnerships and provide resources and expertise for adult volunteers and youth through the 4-H Program. She will be directing the Dubuque County Youth Leaders and volunteers and provide guidance for their service in the community.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Rising Star interns spent last summer investigating regional food systems and addressing challenges communities face around local foods.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

November 17, 2014 02:36 PM

The Good Agricultural Practice workshop scheduled for Nov. 19 in Sioux City has been cancelled. Those who registered for the workshop...

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