County News

September 30, 2013

Check here for the latest Grundy County 4-H Newsletter.

April 22, 2016

Grundy County Master Gardeners & Grundy Center FFA will be holding their first ever joint spring plant sale!

April 4, 2016

Applications are being accepted for several scholarships in Grundy County.  Applications are due to the respective offices April 15, 2016!

April 4, 2016

Grundy County will offer a “Last Chance” Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for private pesticide applicators on April 14th at the Extension Office in Grundy Center, Iowa. This program is shown in cooperation with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

March 23, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes start at all locations in September 2016.

Those interested in the course can apply athttp://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php. Apply now, as space is limited for each location. Accepted participants will be notified by Sept. 11, 2016. The three-month course fee is designated by each training location.

March 23, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes start at all locations in September 2016.

Those interested in the course can apply athttp://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php. Apply now, as space is limited for each location. Accepted participants will be notified by Sept. 11, 2016. The three-month course fee is designated by each training location.

February 15, 2016

See Extension office at 319-824-6979 for application.  Due March 18, 2016.

February 10, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Growing quality transplants will be the topic of a day-long Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop Thursday, Feb. 18 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Ajay Nair, assistant professor with Iowa State's Department of Horticulture and vegetable production specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, says transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa -- As an increasing number of people find themselves juggling work and the responsibilities of providing care to a family member, experts with Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach advise that communication is key.

February 10, 2016

Trees add value to the landscape, so homeowners may become concerned when their trees develop unusual growths. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain what causes some of these growths. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Planting short duration cover crops can provide multiple benefits to growers who employ them in their fields. Cover crops can improve soil and water conservation efforts, organic matter input, nitrogen fixation, weed suppression and bio-fumigation, providing not only better yields but a healthier environment.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Six members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team will represent the university at the 2016 Hawkeye Farm Show.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host two educational seminars daily, focusing on challenges and important topics facing farmers during the upcoming planting season. Each seminar will be held in the Alumni Suite of the UNI-Dome.

“Participating in the educational seminars and visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach booth will provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest in agricultural practices that can be used to improve the efficiency of their operations,” said Bill Arndorfer, ISU Extension and Outreach regional director.  

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – A conversation between Chris Nelson, the Adams County director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the time, and Joyce Lash, human sciences specialist in family finance, back in 2005 established a site forVolunteer Income Tax Assistance in Iowa.

tax form 1040VITA is an IRS sponsored program that certifies volunteers to prepare tax returns for low income taxpayers. This program makes sure the proper forms are filed so taxpayers receive the correct refund and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit. Returns are filed electronically and refunds are received within 10 days of return acceptance.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host six cover crop workshops this spring in Cerro Gordo, O’Brien, Black Hawk, Johnson, Mahaska and Pottawattamie counties. The workshops are free, open to the public and include a complimentary meal.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – The total cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a report published by Alejandro Plastina, an assistant professor in economics at Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach economist

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa  - With snow covering the ground across much of Iowa, the current winter climate isn’t hospitable for outdoor growth of flowers. But it’s the perfect time to prepare for spring by forcing bulbs indoors. Which plants work best with this method? What are some tips that will lead to success?

Forcing bulbs indoors can be challenging, but Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists are asking soybean farmers to provide yield and agronomic data specific to their soybean production fields by March 1, 2016. Daren Mueller, extension plant pathologist, and Mark Licht, cropping systems agronomist, are gathering the data for a three-year project to identify key factors that prohibit soybean farmers from obtaining yields that are potentially attainable on their respective farms.

February 10, 2016

AMES, Iowa -- The first-ever Grassroots Grazing program for young and beginning graziers was such a success last year that Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, said the program is being expanded this year.

“This grazing management series is designed for young and beginning graziers, although anyone interested in basic grazing management is welcome to attend,” he said. “Grassroots Grazing is a three-part series at two new locations, Corning and Ames. The Corning location begins Monday, Feb. 22, and the Ames location starts the following day, on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Session times are slightly different, so be sure to note the start time for your preferred location.”

All participants will receive a resource manual for use throughout the course and at their farms. The first session includes discussion on controlling feed costs, goal setting for individual grazing systems and comparing various grazing programs. The second and third sessions will include pasture walks and additional meetings on dates determined by the participants.

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