Local Highlights

October 9, 2015

CHARITON, Iowa – The Lucas County office of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-session course designed for women cattle operators during November. According to Joe Sellers, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, the "Women Managing Cattle" series is specifically designed to help women cattle operators learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management and managing land and water resources.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a high-temperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.grain drying case study publication

“Considering that propane makes up such a large proportion of the energy needed for drying, farmers may want to compare their own propane consumption to the measurements from the case study,” Hanna said.

August 5, 2015

This article is part of a cooperative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, SDSU Extension and University of Minnesota Extension to provide resources for families struggling with the human challenges brought on by avian influenza. To learn more, search #AvianFluImpact on social media and visit chickens

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the spring of 2015 was devastating for many large turkey and egg layer farms, but the virus also affected smaller “household” flocks, explained Russ Daly, professor, SDSU Extension veterinarian and state public health veterinarian.  

“City dwellers are increasingly turning to backyard poultry flocks for food as well as for the enjoyment of raising these animals. These producers, as well as other citizens who enjoy songbirds, gardening and other activities in their urban backyards, have found themselves needing to increase their knowledge of this devastating disease,” Daly said.  

August 5, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- The second session in a new three-part series for young and beginning graziers in southern Iowa is set for Aug. 6. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Pat Wall said this event will feature a pasture walk and discussion format on a local farm.

“We’ll meet at 6 p.m. at the Jim and Justin Peterson farm at 575 Nevada St., near Knoxville,” Wall said. “Those attending should bring a lawn chair for the discussion portion, then we’ll head out to pasture and view the Petersons' operation, which includes upgrades to their paddock and watering system with the help of NRCS EQIP funds.”


ATTENTION MANURE APPLICATORS: New Policy effective March 1, 2011.

We will reshow the Manure Programs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning March 1, 2012,  for those that were unable to attend a workshop.  Commercial Manure (3 hours in length) will be shown at 8:30 am and Confinement Manure (2 hours in length) will be shown at 1:30 pm.  You must call and register at least a day ahead of time.  If you need to schedule a reshow at another time you will be charged a $10 fee per person.  Please contact the Grundy County Extension Office at 319-824-6979 to pre-register.


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  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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