County News

February 12, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a family literacy program for parents and children ages 2 to 6 years old. Family Storyteller can help parents prepare their children to succeed in school, watch their children grow in independence, get a special time with their children and have fun enjoying books with their children. Parents will learn reading techniques and then practice reading books to their children. Fun language and craft activities will complement the books and extend the learning.

February 12, 2015

While mild winter weather is a pleasant surprise, it can have negative effects on plants that bloom ahead of schedule. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the proper way to care for spring-flowering bulbs in winter.

February 10, 2015

A workshop focusing on helping beef producers compare feedlot facility investments, production benefits, cattle comfort and environmental stewardship will be held at four western Iowa locations from 9:45- 3:00 pm.

February 4, 2015

4-H Communications Event – Clover Knowledge Escapade
It is a great time to be working on your communications exhibit to present on March 29th (NEW DATE!!) at the 2015 Clover Knowledge Escapade.  The registration form is attached to this email, with a deadline for entering this being Friday, March 20th.  Choose from:

  • Educational Presentation
  • Share the Fun
  • Working Exhibit
  • Extemporaneous Speech
February 4, 2015

Enjoy a fun night with Emmet and Palo Alto Clover Kids at the Smith Wellness Center (3200 College Drive) in Emmetsburg, IA on Friday, March 27th, from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.Cost is $10 per participant (includes pizza, pop, snacks, and all activities.

February 4, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach livestock specialists are hosting meetings to share information about making genetic improvements to cow-calf herds.

February 4, 2015

No matter how close or far Iowans are from retirement, the new “Retirement: Secure Your Future” Web page from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help them prepare.

February 4, 2015

Many people will give or receive beautiful flowers on Valentine's Day. While the thought is wonderful and they’re lovely to receive, what happens on Feb. 15 and beyond?

February 3, 2015

Alerts will be sent to announce spring and fall Pesticide Safety Education Programs.

February 2, 2015

On Saturday, January 31st, 43 4-H'ers from Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Calhoun counties headed to DesMoines as part of the 2015 Quad County Intermediate Trip.  They enjoyed making many new friends and memories on their charter bus ride to and from Des Moines. 

January 30, 2015

Becoming an effective farm business partner is the focus of Annie’s Project. The course, offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, takes the real life experiences of an Illinois farm wife and shares them with other farm women who want to learn more about a crucial and complex business environment, their own farm.

January 30, 2015

On Saturday, January 24, over 70 Northwest Iowa 4-H and FFA youth and over 35 of their parents participated in the Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza at Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus.  The event for 4-H and FFA members was organized Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Lakes Community College staff.

January 29, 2015

Beth Wycoff, an Emmet County 4-H volunteer, will take the popular Lego Mindstorm Robotics to a higher level after attending the January 24, 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Development certification training where she learned to teach design and computer programming as a Master Robotics Volunteer.  

January 27, 2015

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will offer several workshops across Iowa focusing on choices in feedlot facilities in February and March 2015.

January 27, 2015

Sometimes issues crop up with produce storage, leading to disappointment. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to avoid produce storage problems.

January 27, 2015

Children and youth learn best when they learn through experience. This positive youth development is the essence of 4-H and is featured in the international research journal Reclaiming Children and Youth.

January 27, 2015

Registration is open for six Good Agricultural Practice workshops that will be offered this spring by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 27, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released its annual publication titled Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa – 2015. It is intended to help farmers determine their own potential 2015 crop costs per acre and per bushel.

January 23, 2015

Join us on-line on the 4th Wednesday's in January, February and March. Only $5 for one session. After you register, you will receive an e-mail with the web address and class materials along with instructions on how to log in.

Requirements for log on and learn:

* Computer with high speed Internet

* Speakers or headphone

* Microphone or chat box for participation

January 23, 2015

Successful lambing doesn’t just happen.  It involves science and good husbandry skills. To learn about both, two lambing schools will be offered on Feb. 3 at the Dave Laughton farm north of Le Mars, Iowa.  Two identical sessions – 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. – will be conducted. Participants may choose which session they wish to attend but each is limited to 25 people.  For bio-security reasons, clean clothes and clean footwear are required.  Workshops will be in a barn but please dress for winter temperatures.

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