County News

March 21, 2014

Margaret Murphy Iowa State University Extension and Horticulture Educator will be sharing how to grow your own produce, what to consider when planting a garden, and tips to have a bountiful harvest.

March 21, 2014

The idea of stress in childhood is often dismissed. No bills, no work; what’s there for young children to be stressed about? Young children, however, experience the world very differently than adults.

March 21, 2014

People have many motivations for choosing particular foods, but the most common reason is taste. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is recommending that Americans “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during March, National Nutrition Month.

March 21, 2014

Home gardeners who like a tart tasting berry or just want to grow a not-so-ordinary berry might consider planting cornelian cherries, jostaberries, honeyberries or serviceberries.

March 19, 2014

Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have this summer at 4-H camps offered by the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H program.

March 17, 2014

The 2014 4-H Clover Knowledge Escapade, communications contest, was held on Sunday, March 16th at the United Methodist Church in Estherville.  Communications skills are very important to the 4-H program and are commonly credited by 4-H alumni as being one of the best things that 4-H taught them.  Participants in 5th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the state communications event at the Iowa State Fair.  Youth in 4th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the district communication event at the Clay County Fair.

March 14, 2014

The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honor society of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has honored four individuals as “Friends of Extension.”

March 13, 2014

Pruning is the selective removal of specific plant parts for the benefit of the whole plant. Horticulturists offer recommendations for pruning common home landscape shrubs.

March 13, 2014

Every June, over 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.

March 7, 2014

Propagate grape vines and willows by hardwood cuttings; force the blooms of spring flowering trees and shrubs by selecting branches containing round, plump buds. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain how.

March 7, 2014

The Primghar Community Center is the location of a March 25 meeting for area beef producers and agri-business staff. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the O’Brien County Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

March 7, 2014

When a child says, “I know Grandpa isn’t really dead. He’s just asleep,” how should a parent respond? During March, family life specialists discuss how parents can help children cope with the death of loved ones in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 7, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers “Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills.” The course is designed for volunteers, clergy, social workers and others working in...

March 7, 2014

Iowans no longer can procrastinate when it comes to health insurance. When the annual open enrollment period ends on March 31, most people will be unable to purchase individual health coverage from any source until the next open enrollment period in fall 2014.

March 6, 2014

The 2014 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey followed the recent trend of small, but consistent increases in rates each year. The survey is available at your county extension office, from the Extension Online Store or on the Ag Decision Maker website.

February 28, 2014

With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.

February 26, 2014

Finding the Iowa State University swine expert you need is easier with the online listing provided by Iowa Pork Industry Center. The 21-page booklet features names, photos and contact information for more than 80 faculty and staff members with swine- and/or pork-related work responsibilities.

February 26, 2014

Iowa State University is anticipating an increase in demand for its food safety training course as new state regulations take effect in Iowa this year. To meet the expected demand, specialists with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach will offer more than 100 ServSafe courses across the state.

February 26, 2014

Too much screen time means too little time spent on active play, reading and socializing — activities essential to your child’s development.

February 20, 2014

Emmet County will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment program (PME).

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