County News

May 5, 2014

This summer the Iowa State University College of Design, in conjunction with ISU Extension and Outreach, is offering a variety of workshops for middle and high school students and two camp tracks for high school students.

May 5, 2014

The camp brochures are arriving and the kids are begging for a summer adventure. But other than fun, is there any value to camp? Learn about the research and how to help children choose an appropriate camp in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 5, 2014

Educational materials on heifer development are frequently requested from the Iowa Beef Center. Educational resources are being gathered and developed and are now available on an IBC heifer development webpage.

May 2, 2014

Parents, teachers, naturalists, libraians and child care providers are invited to explore the wonder of nature and the benefits it offers children. Nature Explore Programs are being offered in May and June in Northwest Iowa. 

May 1, 2014

Beef management update sessions will be May 20 and May 21 in southern Iowa. Beef producers will learn about fescue management and comparing fall versus spring calving from Dr. Ken Coffey, University of Arkansas, and Joe Sellers, extension beef specialist with Iowa State University.

May 1, 2014

The annual “Update for Veterinarians” program by Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center features a full day of education and demonstrations focused on beef cattle. The event is May 21 at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

May 1, 2014

Proper mowing practices play a vital role in helping to maintain a healthy, sustainable home lawn. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about lawns and lawn mowing.

April 30, 2014

Twenty two women successfully completed the six-week Annie's Project Course that was offered early this spring in Graettinger. 

April 29, 2014

Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation seem to have little effect on yield, according to a five-year study conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Ten Iowa farmers have devoted part of their acres to conduct the study.

April 29, 2014

The Integrated Pest Management program at Iowa State University is hosting its fourth crop scouting competition on Aug. 5 for teams of Iowa high school students.

April 25, 2014

Are you in 6th - 8th grade? Do you have an interest in possibly developing your hobbies into a business? If so, come check out this summer Entrepreneurship Academy. It runs from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 7-11 at ILCC in Spencer. Cost is $49 with scholarships available, as well as transportation to Spencer.

April 25, 2014

There are many reasons to plant a tree in Iowa besides to celebrate Arbor Day on April 25, 2014. Trees conserve energy, bring beauty to the yard, attract birds and help clean the air, to name just a few. This week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.

April 25, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999. The cash rental rates survey results are available in the ISU Extension and Outreach publication Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2014 Survey.

April 22, 2014

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on growing and caring for garden mums.

April 21, 2014

This is a great hands-on opportunity to learn about your project areas!

April 15, 2014

People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” provided by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, gives participants the tools they need to address the challenges of caregiving.

April 11, 2014
Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.
April 8, 2014

The Iowa Senate has launched the centennial celebration of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Representatives from ISU Extension and Outreach took part in the event at the Iowa Capitol. Video is available with the story and from the Extension and Outreach YouTube channel, http://youtu.be/g75b0u45Qq0.  

April 8, 2014

Strawberries are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort, making them well suited to home gardens. Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa, but don’t rush to remove mulch.

April 8, 2014

“Do I have to go to church today?” How parents respond when children ask questions about religion and spirituality can impact their youngsters’ behavior. During April, learn how parents can help children as they begin asking spiritual questions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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