County News

December 16, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Human Sciences Specialist position to be filled at the Field Specialist I or II level. The position will focus on Family Finance within Human Sciences. The position will promote Extension engagement and education with individuals, families, and communities.

November 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators.

“Applicators can still complete training in person, watch a video at a county Extension office or take a test at a DNR field office, and mail a check in to pay their certification fees, just as they always have,” said Gene Tinker, DNR animal feeding operations coordinator. “But, we’ve added the convenience of training at home or in the office.

“That gives them many options, allowing applicators to take training, pay fees or print their certificates via an online system, or use any combination of traditional and online services,” Tinker added.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host 12 Agricultural Outlook meetings across Iowa in November and December. This program is designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- A new publication is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Using Accounting Software for Food Hubs: Processing Traceable Orders (LF0009) is a step-by-step tutorial based on QuickBooks Professional accounting software.market day selection of products

Food hubs facilitate food sales between farmers and customers within their local region by providing marketing, aggregation, packing, delivery and farmer support. With the rise in demand for locally grown food, the number of food hubs has grown as well, with more than 300 identified nationally and about 12 in Iowa.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Farmers need to evaluate their cash and asset management if they experience negative cash flow during this period of downward-sliding crop prices, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economic experts. They advise every farmer to have a financial contingency plan in place to cover cash flow shortfalls.
“People need to know their current situation and make sure that they have the reserves to make it through the lean years,” said Tim Eggers, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- The 90 million family caregivers in this country are a vital link in providing care every day for their loved ones. While medical professionals and others may be partners in the caregiving scenario, family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings. National Family Caregivers Month recognizes and honors this contribution with the 2015 theme “Respite: Care for Caregivers.”

October 27, 2015

With their three daughters soon to be teenagers, Pam and Chad Peterson of West Des Moines decided to seek help.

They turned to the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14, a seven-week, preventative program aimed at helping families as their children approach adolescence. The evidence-based program is offered by Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

October 27, 2015

NEVADA, Iowa  – A pioneer in the statewide local foods movement returns to Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to speak about his new experiences in Michigan at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Story County Extension office, 220 H Ave. in Nevada.

Rich Pirog, senior associate director for Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems, will explore how his two decades with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University prepared him for his work in the Michigan local foods movement.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Every fall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices across the state collect 4-H youth registration numbers to gauge the impact of 4-H Youth Developmentprograms on Iowa’s 510,000 school-age youth. Initial numbers indicate the Iowa 4-H Program continues to provide quality youth development to about 1 in 5 Iowa young people.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – A new publication on emerald ash borer management is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Finding a Certified Pesticide Applicator for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment (PM 3074) is an unbiased guide to locating a certified pesticide applicator to treat ash trees before they are infested with the emerald ash borer.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Fall’s arrival brings a natural question: Even though the weather has turned cooler, how does lawn care and preparation change? Colder weather doesn’t mean lawns should be ignored. Rather, there are plenty of ways to prepare lawns for the winter ahead and optimal performance next spring.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to handle fall lawn care. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

October 20, 2015

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October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Michelle Hanson and her son, Nash, are cutting fruit. Correction — Nash is cutting fruit with the help of a non-slip, fruit-shaped cutting board and a plastic safety knife. Hanson looks on with pride.mother watches as son cuts fruit in kitchen

“He was so excited and proud of the recipes he completed,” she said. “He is a very active little boy, so for him to enjoy time in the kitchen is a treat to see!”

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa –Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new version of the Weed Identification Field Guide, first published in 2010, to assist producers and agronomists with accurately identifying weeds in Iowa corn and soybean fields. The Weed Identification Field Guide, 2nd Edition, includes additional weed species and updated information on herbicide resistance management. The guide is now available for purchase online from the Extension Store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will develop and implement programs to support beginning and retiring farmers and military veterans interested in farming with a grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds are part of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Iowa State’s award is $698,393 for the three-year program.

October 14, 2015
Waiting will prevent loss of fertilizer and help protect water quality
 



DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. Harvest is progressing rapidly in many parts of the state and officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said that waiting can help reduce nitrogen loss and better protects the environment.

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Two new publications on turf care are now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields (HORT 3020) and Tips for Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation (HORT 3022), include tips for renovating natural grass fields, establishing turf from seed and keeping field areas safe for athletes.

“College and high school field managers will find sports field maintenance steps, turfgrass seed choices, irrigation options and aerification tips for reducing soil compaction,” said Ryan Adams, lecturer and extension turfgrass specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Often fields are used for multiple events and activities. High traffic use can cause soil compaction, resulting in a reduction in field quality and increased likelihood of field related injuries.”

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- The 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 22-23 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa  – The Iowa State University Athletic Field Short Course will take place Nov. 3 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course will kick off at Reiman Gardens at 1407 University Blvd. in Ames.

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