County News

February 13, 2014

Iowa cow-calf producers soon may be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center as part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state’s beef industry.

February 12, 2014

Parents want to protect their children, but it’s hard. Parents are challenged to keep their children’s small setbacks, like skipping household chores or not doing homework, from leading to serious behavior problems like drug and alcohol abuse. Deadline to enroll is February 20.

February 11, 2014

Iowa farmers are well aware that populations of Bt-resistant corn rootworm have been found in the state, and more than half are concerned that the pest will become a major problem here, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

February 11, 2014

Three new beef-health publications are now available through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store. Grant Dewell, extension beef veterinarian, authored the publications and said each addresses a specific concern.

February 11, 2014

Northeastern Iowa cattle producers can learn more about an upcoming revision of the Feedlot and Cost Monitoring software at three meetings offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 11, 2014

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a certification workshop for anyone wishing to sell morel mushrooms in Iowa. The certification earned by attending the workshop is a three-year certification. Everyone selling morel mushrooms in Iowa must be certified.

February 11, 2014

When parents worry about gray hair and wrinkles or complain about getting older, should they also wonder whether their children are listening? During February, family life specialists discuss children’s attitudes about aging in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 6, 2014

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is hosting free workshops at libraries and extension offices across the state to help Iowans better understand their health insurance options and obligations under the Affordable Care Act.

February 6, 2014

To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in rotations, Iowa Learning Farms has released the video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives."

February 6, 2014

The heart isn’t the only organ that benefits from following a heart-healthy diet. The brain also benefits, which is important to remain strong and independent throughout life, says Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

January 31, 2014

Iowa State University's Jay Harmon offers pork producers some tips for conserving propane this winter.

January 30, 2014

The Iowa Pork Producers Association has teamed up with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach swine specialists to host regional conferences. The Northwest Iowa conference is February 24at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, room 119C from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

January 29, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska (UNL) are teaming up to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at six Iowa locations on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The Pocahontas County Extension Office will host the Northwest Iowa site.  ISU extension beef program specialist, Beth Doran, said the feedlot roundtable sessions are offered annually in Nebraska for feedlot operators and interested agribusiness people.

January 23, 2014

Keeping young cows in the herd is a big challenge for cow-calf producers and that is why the Iowa Beef Center is partnering with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to offer Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment.

January 13, 2014

Farm women with a passion for being involved in the business and wanting to learn how to manage farm operation risk have several educational opportunities available to them. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers classes designed to empower women to be better business partners and owners. Farm women will learn how to build networks, and manage and organize critical information. Several different types of classes are being offered across the state during the coming year.

January 7, 2014

Talking about estate planning is often difficult and implementing an estate plan can be even harder.  Farmers are unique in that there isn’t a distinct moment where they just walk out the door to retirement as someone in a regular wage earning job might do. There are options they can consider such as phasing out or transitioning to another generation, and this program helps them plan for that. 

December 23, 2013

The Iowa Beef Center, in partnership with the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, is offering the program series Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment. The series will address management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability.

December 17, 2013

The Iowa Beef Center in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering the series “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” to specifically focus on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability.

December 11, 2013
Clover Kids starts a new year now!

Clover Kids is an Iowa Youth Development Program that the Iowa State University Extension Service of Emmet County is providing to Kindergarten through 3rd grade kids from January—April in 2014. The program is organized by Kristin Buum, Emmet County Clover Kids Coordinator and Marcy Sander, Emmet County Youth Coordinator. Kristin will lead the program sessions, along with Junior High & High School age 4-H members from Emmet County. We also rely on the help of parent volunteers. This program is separate from the 4-H club program and is for pre-4-H age kids.

December 10, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host meetings in January to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.

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