County News

November 4, 2014

AMES, Iowa – The cost of drying corn — especially the propane bills — add significant expense at harvest time. According to a case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural engineer for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, propane accounts for more than 90 percent of the energy used in high-temperature corn drying.

November 4, 2014

AMES, Iowa --  Iowa State University’s Integrated Crop Management conference will be held Dec. 3-4, 2014, at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus. The conference program provides an in-depth look at cutting edge topics, explains the latest research findings and provides practical, take-home information to use in Iowa crop production, according to Alison Robertson, plant pathologist and planning committee chair.

November 4, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- As temperatures turn colder, gardeners may wonder what to do with their garden seeds, tools and chemicals. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the best way to prepare yard and garden supplies for winter so they’ll be ready for use when spring rolls around. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

November 4, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Iowans can expand their financial knowledge and skills without leaving home with free online classes and webinars from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and eXtension. The only requirement is a computer with Internet access.

November 4, 2014

AMES, IOWA—Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host several cover crop workshops across Iowa in November.

Workshop topics range from using cover crop mixtures, selecting the right cover crop, using cover crops to enhance soil and water quality, cover crop effects on soil health and more. Local farmers who are using cover crops on their fields, and experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, and Practical Farmers of Iowa are workshop speakers.

October 14, 2014

Iowa State University Extension will host an Ag Outlook & Management Seminar in Cedar Falls on Wednesday, November 12th starting at 8:30 a.m.  The site is MidWestOne located at 4510 Prairie Pkwy, Cedar Falls. The seminar is designed to provide agribusiness professionals and producers with an evaluation of current and outlook market conditions and expected trends in crop and livestock income potential. 

October 14, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator.

October 2, 2014

Parents naturally are concerned for their children’s safety, particularly when there is news of attempted child abductions that happen close to home. Finding the balance between emotions and the “teachable moment” as parents talk to their children is important, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

September 23, 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 allows farmland owners and operators to make a one-time election of a commodity program among the Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the Agricultural Risk Coverage at the County Level (ARC-CO), and the Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) programs for 2014 through 2018. 

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- Iowans have two sources of information to help them prepare to select health insurance coverage when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins again Nov. 15. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering “Smart Choice: Health Insurance” classes throughout the state this fall. In addition, the Iowa Department of Human Services has a new website where Iowa Health and Wellness members can find information about premium free coverage in 2015.

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Nate Anderson, a Cherokee area farmer, had the perfect spot at the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Between large seed company tents and blocks filled with farm equipment, Anderson joined Iowa State University experts and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to talk about cover crops and no-till planting – two management tools he uses in his corn-soybean acreage program.

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed Sept. 21-27 as Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week. The Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week promotion is being held in conjunction with the 71st annual National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters” and is coordinated by the National Safety Council and supported by various organizations and groups interested in agricultural safety. 

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- The 14h Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 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.

September 23, 2014

With a famous NFL player facing child abuse charges, the debate on using corporal punishment on children has been brought to the forefront.

September 18, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Tractor fuel expenses can add up quickly during fall and spring field work. According to a case study conducted at the Iowa State University Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Atlantic, Iowa, fuel savings of 20 percent or more can be achieved by using the "shift up, throttle back" technique.

September 18, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Good Agricultural Practices workshops in Indianola on Oct. 4 and 18, and Sioux City on Nov. 19 and 25. The one-day workshops are important for fruit and vegetable growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers' food safety requirements.

September 18, 2014

Managing manure nutrients is a high priority for livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons. Iowa dairy and beef producers are invited to attend Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field days featuring a variety of manure management systems. The field days will be held in northwest and northeast Iowa during October.

August 18, 2014

The field day is free and open to the public.  It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center on the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.

August 18, 2014

Tama County Women, Land, and Legacy will soon hold its twenty-third event, The Bohemie Alps: Pasture Walk Around Paddocks & Ponds.  It will be held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Rebecca Dostal Farm, 2422 Q Avenue in rural Clutier.  A meal sponsored by Tama County Farm Bureau will be served beginning at 6:00 pm with the even following at 7:00 pm.  The meal and event are free of charge and open to the public.

July 8, 2014

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of Summer garden webinars to be hosted by Grundy County Extension and Outreach.  The webinar dates are July 15, August 14, and September 4.  The sessions will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Grundy County Extension Office.

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