County News

October 22, 2014

As the leaves change and colors of fall become more beautiful, it is also the ideal season to complete turfgrass maintenance practices. It is the most important time to focus on cultural practices of mowing, aeration, fertilization, and seeding. The work you do now helps your lawn recover from summer stresses and prepares it for another long Iowa winter. The following tips recently appeared in the new ISU Extension Acreage Living newsletter.

October 22, 2014

October is National Farm to School Month.   Farm to School is alive and growing in northeast Iowa schools because of the support of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI).

October 22, 2014

The 4-H Citizenship group met in Osage and investigated learning the judicial system.

October 18, 2014

Iowa State University boasts one of AmeriCorps’ most wide-ranging, unique programs. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program serves communities and programs across the state.

October 18, 2014

Northeast Iowa schools, students and agricultural producers will celebrate National Farm to School Month in October.  The celebration is designed to increase awareness about the benefits of rapidly growing Farm to School initiatives around the country.  Adopted in 2009 as a way to connect children to agriculture and their food, NE Iowa Farm to School is led by staff of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities.

October 18, 2014

The United States of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the awards for the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).  One of the grants was awarded to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the Iowa Food Hub.  IFH is an outgrowth of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative and its partners including ISU Extension and Luther College.

October 15, 2014

Dairy producers interested in utilized robotic milking systems on their farm are encouraged to attend this year’s Midwest Dairy School on Maximizing Robotic Milking Systems on November 13. This year the Midwest Dairy School will provide you with more in-depth information on robotic milking systems specifically with research and nutrition.

October 10, 2014

Iowa State University Extension will host an Ag Outlook & Management Seminar in Waterloo on Wednesday, November 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.  The site is the MidWestOne Bank located at 4510 Prairie Pkwy, Cedar Falls.

October 10, 2014

Each month, the 2015 Healthy & Homemade calendar from ISU Extension and Outreach features an easy-to-prepare recipe plus menu ideas and an activity tip. Beautiful illustrations show a complete menu and gives the MyPlate breakdown of proportions. Stop at your County ISU Extension office to get your free copy today!

September 30, 2014

Here is an abbreviated version of the article on accidental home invaders.  Fall is the time of year when unwelcome pests look for shelter for the winter. It is a good time to check your home and outbuildings to discourage pests from taking up residence.

September 24, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels. Three meeting sites will offer the beginning “High Tunnel 101” workshop to current commercial fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying their production.

September 12, 2014

As the weather cools and summer gives way to fall, a favorite fall pastime emerges: apple harvesting.  Whether you pick apples from the tree in your yard or visit a local U-pick orchard, here are some tips from ISU Extension and Outreach to make the most of your apple harvest.

September 9, 2014

Many garden centers give short shrift to fall flowers. Other than mums and asters, they know that fall flowers won’t make them much money. Most plants are sold in the spring and blooming plants sell best.

September 9, 2014

Women with an interest in grain and livestock marketing are invited to join the 2014-2015 Women Agricutlure Marketing Club which will meet in monthly in Cresco.  Meetings will cover calculating cost of production, crop insurance, 2014 Farm Bill crop commodity programs, and marketing tools.

September 4, 2014

The 28th Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 29 in Dubuque, Iowa.  This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy in addition along with the issues of crop budgeting, crop insurance and the farm bill.  

August 15, 2014

On Thursday, September 25, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Minnesota Extension will jointly host a field day tour in SE MN focusing on nutrient management and methods to handle sand.  Discussions will focus on nutrient management including various options and methods to manage total farm nutrient balance, manure management, and nutrient runoff.  Managing nutrients from manure is becoming a high priority among most livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons.

July 15, 2014

The Youth Dairy Classic Show will be held Sunday, September 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.  Rules & Entry Form

July 3, 2014

Safari is a fun family oriented activity focusing on Howard County. 

June 26, 2014

The 2014 4-H and FFA Dairy Show was held on Wednesday, June25, 2014 at the Mighty Howard County Fair in Cresco.  RESULTS COMING SOON

May 23, 2014

4-H Alumni Awards Scholarships to Graduating Seniors in Howard County.

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