County News

June 1, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Due to an increased interest in home food preservation, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed the “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program. This program includes both online lessons and a hands-on workshop focusing on home food preservation with the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations.

June 1, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa’s dairy farmers deliver a wholesome and nutritious supply of milk and dairy products every day. June, national dairy month, is the perfect time to celebrate their contribution to human health and the state’s economy. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and dairy partners want Iowan’s to learn about dairy farming first-hand at open houses scheduled around the state.

May 21, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza. The Department’s order begins immediately, is effective through the end of 2015, and also prohibits live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales.

May 21, 2015

Tama County Extension and Outreach seeks an Executive Director responsible for educational program planning & delivery, budget & facilities management, day to day supervision of staff. Coordinates programming in agriculture and natural resources, community & economic development, human sciences, & 4-H youth development in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Responsible for marketing/public relations & networking with community organizations/ agencies. Reports to Tama County Extension and Outreach Council.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/tama/

May 21, 2015

VINTON, Iowa -- Livestock producers wanting to maximize benefits from their grazing practices should attend Greenhorn Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa. Producers of all skill levels are welcome to the five-part workshop series, according to Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist.

May 8, 2015

DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified for the first time in Polk County, making this the 22nd county in Iowa where this invasive beetle has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The USDA confirmed the first Iowa case of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County this week. The flock is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified.

Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has posted links to general information and factsheets about avian influenza and directions for submitting samples. The factsheets available on the College of Veterinary Medicine websitehttp://vetmed.iastate.edu/aiv-background-and-resources include:

April 20, 2015

Weeds can cause trouble for asparagus, raspberries and strawberries. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the proper way to control weeds in home gardens. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

April 20, 2015

Weeds can cause trouble for asparagus, raspberries and strawberries. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the proper way to control weeds in home gardens. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

April 20, 2015

DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the southeast corner of rural Dallas County, making this the 21st county in Iowa where this invasive beetle has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
 
The current EAB infestation was found as a result of an arborist contacting state officials about a suspect ash tree. Investigation by the Iowa EAB team revealed characteristic galleries, recent woodpecker activity and live larvae that were positively identified by federal identifiers.    

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – One in three Iowa farmers are women, owning nearly half of all Iowa agricultural land, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture and theFarmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa–2012 report. Madeline Schultz, coordinator of women's agriculture education with ISU Extension and Outreach said that is why new courses have been developed specifically for women. The ISU Extension and Outreach courses provide practical information for managing human resources and grain marketing risks on family farms.
    
“Iowa women are at the heart of family farms and have significant ownership, management and employment in their operations,” said Schultz. “Post-planting season is the perfect time for Iowa farm women to get together and learn more about these complex aspects of farm business.”

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Everyone lives in a watershed and has a relationship with the watershed. Learn more about Iowa water quality issues, how watersheds function and the human relationship with them May 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Story County office.

April 20, 2015

CHARITON, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center is offering the 21st annual Update for Veterinarians on Wednesday, May 20, at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton. The full day of education will focus on beef herd management, genetics, bull fertility, cow reproduction, grazing and disease updates.

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is organizing the event and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event.

“Our featured speaker is Dr. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska who will update us on research they are doing on drylot cow-calf production. Our other speakers have Iowa State connections, including faculty and staff from veterinary medicine and animal science,” Sellers said. “This is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get acquainted with these folks and their areas of expertise. This year the program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credits.”

The veterinarian update includes eight presentations and a group discussion at the end. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration by May 15 is $60 per person. Registrations after May 15 and those registering onsite will pay $80. Lunch is provided, served by Cater 2 U.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The four-page Emerald Ash Borer Management Options, PM 2084, has been revised and is available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a free download. The publication provides recommendations on how to protect ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Information about the life stages affected by systemic insecticides, two new professional products and proper use to protect insect pollinators has been added to the publication. It also highlights two pesticides that protect the ash tree for two years.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa – The “Combating the Spotted Winged Drosophila Fruit Fly” workshop will be offered April 20 in Iowa City and April 27 in Clarion. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop will cover trapping, identification, prevention and control of the spotted winged drosophila, an invasive fruit fly that lays eggs in ripening fruit just prior to harvest. Commercial fruit farmers should attend one of the SWD pest management workshops before fruit ripen and become susceptible to attack.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa - Spring has sprung, and yards across the state are getting greener by the day. That means people are thinking about yard care – and how to control crabgrass, a common problem. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on controlling crabgrass. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 orhortline@iastate.edu.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa – A new publication providing information on suitable tomato varieties for commercial field and high tunnel production in Iowa is now available at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Online Store. The four-pageRecommended Tomato Varieties for Commercial Production in Iowa allows tomato growers to compare varieties for the Midwest growing zones.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for April will be on Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Timothy Youngquist, agriculture specialist in the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.

The presentation will focus on Iowa State research showing that strategically converting 10 percent of a crop field into perennial prairie can greatly reduce soil erosion as well as phosphorous and nitrogen loss. Initial research conducted in central Iowa and the adoption of prairie strips on private farms will be discussed. The benefits of prairie and design considerations for siting prairie strips within farm fields will be covered.   

March 19, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Iowans have a chance to brush up on money management skills during Money Smart Week, April 18-25, 2015. Financial institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups are offering a full week of events designed to help Iowans of all ages better manage their finances. 

March 19, 2015

DES MOINES - Women, Land and Legacy (WLL) will host a social media workshop for Iowa women involved in agriculture and/or rural businesses. Women can learn how to build or improve their business using social media tools by attending a morning workshop on April 1 in Tama County.

 

Social media is everywhere, including agriculture. It’s important to understand how it works for you and your business. Social media creates platforms for discussion, a consumer connection, a real-time stream of information and much more. The WLL State Team is providing this unique opportunity with co-hosts Tama County WLL Local Team and Tama County Economic Development Commission.

 

JoAnn Seeman, a Digital Communication Strategist at Spindustry Digital in Des Moines, will lead the workshops. Seeman works with clients to develop digital marketing plans and analyze digital data. She is well-versed in search engine optimization, inbound marketing, digital paid ads, as well as social media content development and distribution.

 

There is no cost for the workshop, however, space is limited, so please register at stateteam@womenlandandlegacy.org; note one thing you would like to learn, and your Twitter handle, Facebook page and/or website. Participants do not need to be WLL members to attend.

 

Registration begins at 8:30 AM. The interactive workshop will run from 9 AM to noon. Laptops and/or tablets are encouraged but are not necessary for the workshop.  

 

April 1st workshop will be held at Reinig Center at 1007 S Prospect Dr, Toledo, IA 52342.

 

People needing special accommodations should contact Laura Crowell at 515-323-2207.

 

Women, Land & Legacy, which began in 2004, works to reach agricultural, rural and urban women, to come together to converse, listen and become empowered to act on their landscape and community. The WLL state team consists of federal, state and private agencies. WLL local teams are currently active in 20 counties. For more information, visit www.womenlandandlegacy.comor find us on Facebook atfacebook.com/womenlandandlegacy.

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