County News

April 17, 2017

Cracks on the trunks of trees may be caused by environmental factors such wind, harsh winter conditions and mechanical injuries among others.  Cracks become the entrance point for decay fungi.

April 13, 2017

The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management topics to improve cow performance, and foot and cow health.

April 5, 2017

Iowa’s economy has relied on agriculture for most of its history. As demand for local food rises statewide, an increasing number of Iowans are engaged in building and expanding the food systems that can meet that demand. They are participating along the entire food-chain spectrum, from beginning farmers, to established commodity farmers diversifying their production, to the distributors and aggregators helping farmers get their products to the ever-growing number of institutional buyers like grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and schools.

April 5, 2017

Beef cattle production can be a viable option for small farms.  Livestock enterprises can diversify farming operations and complement many other farm enterprises.

March 31, 2017

Fayette County 4-H Clover Kids "soared into a 4-H adventure" while recently participating in the annual Clover Kids day held at the Fayette Opera House. It was a fun filled day in which youth kindergarten through 3rd grade had the opportunity to interact with each other while learning more about the project areas of Citizenship, Environment, Food and Nutrition, Outdoor Adventures, STEM and Visual Arts.

Participants included: Front row (left to right) Dawson Dunn, Brody Grove, Jenna Bahe, Ava Dunn, Hailee Cannon, Emma Streif, Carson VanSkyhawk and Reed Fagle.

Back row (left to right) Alexander Mueller, Autumn Miller, Chloe Sparrgrove, Christopher Streif, Cullen Ingels, Lilli Eitel, Oliver Cushion, Alivia Mueller, Blake Eitel, Beckett Baker, Khloee Cannon, Blake Sparrgrove, Katelynn Sadler and Natalie Ritter.
 

March 29, 2017

Performing custom work can be an additional source of income for farm operators around the state. For others, custom work is a full-time career. When labor is available, and another party has equipment, renting equipment for a short term is also a common practice.

March 23, 2017

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

March 21, 2017

Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Program Specialist conducted a Beef Ration Balancer workshop on Monday, March 21.  4-H members and parents learned the importance of beef rations and how to work with rations using the BRaNDS standard feed yard computer program.

March 15, 2017

Expanding knowledge of state government and policy makers in Des Moines were the focus of the March 8 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty 4-H’ers and four adults.

March 14, 2017

A number of volunteers worked together either making quilt blocks, donating fabric and/or services to complete the two quilts pictured behind this group. Monday night, March 6 in Fayette, the group gathered for the unveiling of the fundraising project to benefit renovation of the 4-H and open class exhibit building. Raffle tickets are being sold on the quilt at left, while the quilt at right, was won by Rachael Bushman, area 4-H’er from Castalia. Pictured in front, from left: Cindy Jensen, Pat Baumler, Summer Handel, Jeanine Tellin, Rachael Bushman, Cynthia Yearous, Peg Lerch; second row- Zelpha Henderson, Terri Zuck, Arlene Klatt, Ruth Meyer, Ann Jens, Janell Bradley, Michele Myrom, Meg Moellering, Ebby Whitford, Diane Ihde, Sam Ihde; third row- Lou Ann Milks, Karen Hamlett, Joyce Knickerbocker, Lois McElvania, Deb Watson, Jane Blumhagen, Peg Sparrgrove, Caroline Bemiss; and standing in back: Kristin Hamlett, Deb Mueller, Deb Thies, Janis Breitsprecher.

March 6, 2017

he Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America. 

March 3, 2017

How children deal with stress determines how it affects their overall health. Are they overwhelmed or do they bounce back?

February 23, 2017

Join us for a brand new 4-H experience specifically designed for Intermediate 4-H members in 2017.

February 23, 2017

Youth looking for a fun summer 4-H camp to attend need look no further than Pine Bluff 4-H Camp along the Upper Iowa River during June. Camp is for Junior's (grades 4-6) enrolled in 4-H. They are also looking for camp counselors in 9-12 grades.

February 3, 2017

There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.

January 27, 2017

Beef producers who are interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out the Iowa Beef Center’s newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and now reflects the updated guidelines in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."

September 8, 2016

Recent floods and excess water could mean changes to livestock and crops management this harvest season.  Many of the effects are yet to be determined as the standing crop still grows and each field and/or farm is affected differently.

August 30, 2016

Winneshiek County Extension has received funding for a new project supporting beginning farmers in the five counties of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek.

August 30, 2016

Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? If so, you are not alone. Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

August 24, 2016

The resources on this page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water.

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