County News

November 6, 2013

Join other 4-H Club Leaders to learn cutting-edge information. Please call the office to sign up for the presentation(s) that you will attend! Leaders must attend at least one of these trainings, but are welcome to attend as many as they would like.

  • OMG! You've Got 4-H Parents!  Now What??
  • Engaging Teens & Older Youth
  • Using Technology to Enhance Your 4-H Experience
  • Exploring the Science of 4-H Projects
November 6, 2013

Area youth that are in 5th Grade or older. Learn what you need to become a responsible babysitter.
ALL area youth in 5th grade and older are encouraged to attend--not just 4-H members! Lunch, snacks, handouts, and babysitting kit supplies will all be included! Topics covered will be: growth and development of different ages of kids, healthy snack ideas, diaper changing, what kids like in a babysitter, what parents look for in a babysitter, rescue breathing, Heimlich maneuver, safety, what to bring when you babysit, craft & game ideas and basic first aid. It will be held Friday, January 3, 2013 from 10:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville (use east entrance & go downstairs). Cost is $20. Limited to the first 40 to pay registration fee.

November 1, 2013

Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to get the most enjoyment out of mums.

October 24, 2013

A new USDA rule requiring official identification for all interstate commerce went into effect March 11, 2013. It requires official identification and an official certificate of veterinary inspection for nearly all livestock crossing state lines for exhibitions, rodeos, shows and similar events.

October 24, 2013

“My friend is having a party at her house. Can I go?” This question may strike fear in a parent’s heart. But with some forethought and planning, a party of teen friends can be a fun and safe event, says __(Name)__, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

October 18, 2013

Putting the garden to bed for the winter is a matter of cleaning up and covering up. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have recommendations on cutting foliage as part of fall clean up.

October 10, 2013

Advances in soil-testing research has led Iowa State University Extension agronomists to revise recommendations for phosphorus, potassium and lime.

October 9, 2013

There’d be no 4-H clover without heads, hearts, hands and health. But the Iowa 4-H program itself would be hard pressed to continue without volunteers.

October 2, 2013

Sara Shepherd, Julie Van Waardhuizen, Rexanne Struve and Brandi Wiig: Although their farming situations vary, these Iowa women all credit Annie’s Project with improving their ability to make sound risk management decisions.

October 2, 2013

Tender perennials such as tuberous begonias, gladioli, cannas and dahlias will not survive Iowa's harsh winter weather outdoors and must be dug in the fall and stored indoors through the winter months.

September 30, 2013

ISU Extension and Outreach is co-sponsoring a Beef Facilities Conference on Nov. 21 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD .  Presenters will  share information pertaining to mono-slopes, hoop barns and slatted-floor deep pit barns for beef feedlot production.  Morning presentations focus on environmental research.  Afternoon presentations feature two panels discussing building management and cattle performance.   Conference information is available at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/facility/

September 20, 2013
The National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians have released new guidelines on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) biosecurity for manure haulers, land owners, and pork producers.
September 12, 2013
  • Aquatic, Forest, & Roadside will be held on Oct. 16, 2013 at 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Mosquito & Public Health will be held on Oct. 24, 2013 at 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Ornamental & Turfgrass will be held on Nov. 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease will be held on Nov. 13, 2013 at 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Fumigation will be held on Nov. 19, 2013 at 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Pest Control Operators will be held on Dec. 4, 2013 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
September 9, 2013

Holle Smith of Emmet County was inducted into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Eighty-three Iowa counties participated this year and selected 110 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception following the ceremony.

2013 Winter Strengthening Families Program Participants
September 3, 2013

The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is being offered to ELC 6th graders and their families this upcoming fall.

July 24, 2013

Weather conditions across much of the Midwest this spring and summer have been favorable for development of ergot fungus in pastures, according to specialists at Iowa State University.

July 19, 2013

Crops Bulletin by Paul Kassel, Crops Specialist for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hancok, Kossuth, Palo ALto, Pocahontas, Sac, and Winnebago Counties.

Layne Anderson Emmet Hall of Fame Inductee
September 7, 2012

   Layne Anderson of Estherville was chosen to be Emmet County’s 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee.  The ceremony took place on Sunday, August 19th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. 

February 27, 2012

Individuals filing for personal bankruptcy can turn to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the education that is required during the bankruptcy process. “Financial Success: Recovery after Bankruptcy” is available through the national website

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