County News

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.

March 17, 2015

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is challenging Iowans to celebrate National Agriculture Day on Wednesday, March 18, by photographing their connection with Iowa agriculture and sharing it online. With over 88,000 family farms in Iowa and nearly 420,000 Iowans employed in agriculture, accounting for one in every five Iowans, no two people’s days are the same.

March 17, 2015

AMES, Iowa —The monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Dan Andersen, assistant professor and extension specialist with Iowa State University in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

March 17, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Raspberries, a favorite of many home garderners, are relatively easy to grow, and are hardy and productive in most of Iowa. If given proper care, a 100-foot-long row of red raspberries can produce 100 to 150 pints of fruit. Proper pruning increases berry numbers and size, and is required to obtain maximum yields.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on the proper way to prune raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

February 27, 2015

Summer 4-H and Youth Assistant will be a temporary employee of the Grundy County Extension & Outreach Office.  Selected applicant will assist with planning 4-H and youth events through out the summer, planning the Grundy County Fair events for 4-H kids, plan and administer summer camps and much more!

February 25, 2015

The Iowa Master Gardener program is offering a series of garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The last webinar for the winter  will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 – “Back to School” – Learn how Master Gardeners are engaging in school gardens and supporting systems change for health.

February 25, 2015

Tri County Ag Marketing is a collaboration of Grundy, Tama and Marshall Counties and provides educational meetings several times each year in the tri county area.  These meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and are intended to be an opportunity not only to hear from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach experts as well as industry experts on pertinent topics.  Meetings also provide an opportunity to network with other producers and learn what is happening at the forefront of the agricultural markets.

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