County News

September 19, 2014

Many Iowans are choosing to live on small farms or acreages and they have a variety of reasons. According to the Census of Agriculture, one-third of Iowa farms are small farms with 50 acres or less.

September 12, 2014

As the weather cools and summer gives way to fall, a favorite fall pastime emerges: apple harvesting.  Whether you pick apples from the tree in your yard or visit a local U-pick orchard, here are some tips from ISU Extension and Outreach to make the most of your apple harvest.

September 9, 2014

Iowa State University Extension will host an Ag Outlook & Management Seminar in Waterloo on Wednesday, November 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.  The site is the MidWestOne Bank located at 4510 Prairie Pkwy, Cedar Falls.

September 9, 2014

Many garden centers give short shrift to fall flowers. Other than mums and asters, they know that fall flowers won’t make them much money. Most plants are sold in the spring and blooming plants sell best.

September 9, 2014

The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is putting Manure Management as a top educational priority for this programming year.  The on-farm tours in NE Iowa will highlight various manure management systems for all of us to better our skills of managing manure.

September 9, 2014

Women with an interest in grain and livestock marketing are invited to join the 2014-2015 Women Agricutlure Marketing Club which will meet in monthly in Cresco.  Meetings will cover calculating cost of production, crop insurance, 2014 Farm Bill crop commodity programs, and marketing tools.

September 8, 2014

The Fayette County Fair was held July 29 through August 3 at the fairgrounds in West Union.  Check out the ribbon results!

September 4, 2014

The 28th Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 29 in Dubuque, Iowa.  This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy in addition along with the issues of crop budgeting, crop insurance and the farm bill.  

August 15, 2014

On Thursday, September 25, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Minnesota Extension will jointly host a field day tour in SE MN focusing on nutrient management and methods to handle sand.  Discussions will focus on nutrient management including various options and methods to manage total farm nutrient balance, manure management, and nutrient runoff.  Managing nutrients from manure is becoming a high priority among most livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons.

July 15, 2014

The Youth Dairy Classic Show will be held Sunday, September 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.  Rules & Entry Form

May 23, 2014

A family STEM festival with hands on fun while exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!

April 3, 2014

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 and Intermediate's enrolled in 4-H. They are also looking for camp counselors in 9-12 grades.

April 2, 2014

The annual Clover Kids day was held for youth kindergarten through 3rd grade.   Youth in attendance participated in pirate themed activities, played games, completed crafts and learned more about being a pirate.  A big thank you to members of the County 4-H council,  Youth committee members and Clover Kid leaders for their assistance.  Photo Pages

March 21, 2014

March 16th was an “egg”cellent day in the Dance Pavilion located on the Fayette County Fairgrounds, as the Fayette County Omelet/Pancake brunch was served. 

March 3, 2014

The 2014 Fayette County 4-H Lock in was held at the Upper Iowa Rec Center February 28-March 1.  The evening started off with members of the County 4-H Council leading get acquainted games to the 35 youth in attendance, followed by games of basketball, board games and chatting.   Over 400 Domestic Abuse Safety Packets were assembled for Helping Services of Northeast Iowa as a community service project.  Pizza, ice cream and munchies were enjoyed by all in attendance throughout the evening.  Photo page

February 6, 2014

Mr. Al Miller became the Fayette County Engineer this past September.  He recently visited the citizenship group and shared about his job. Along with what type of schooling is needed to become a county engineer, what his duties consist of and different departments he oversees.  Mr. Miller also shared photos of recent jobs that were completed within in the county.  The youth and adults in attendance asked questions which mostly focused around the blizzard  and snow accumulation in Fayette County. 

January 30, 2014

A needs assessment completed by ISU Extension and Outreach has identified the future program priorities for the organization in northeast Iowa.   The survey gathered information from Region 4, which consists of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

January 24, 2014

Teresa Dehning, Volunteer Program Coordinator with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa spoke with the County Council members on Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Abuse.  As a community service project the members helped build 208 Safety Kit booklets that are used by the local law enforcement agencies when they are called out to a domestic abuse investigation.   

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

January 17, 2014

The number of cover crop acres has increased dramatically over the past five years in Iowa — from less than 10,000 acres in 2009 to about 300,000 acres this fall.  One Iowa farmer who is helping to increase that number is Joe Kriegel who farms and grows cover crops on more than 2,000 acres in Poweshiek County with his three sons, Patrick, Nicholas, and Jared.  Read how he is seeing more benefits than just erosion control.

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