County News

December 5, 2014

Food Safety Certification Short Course for Restaurants and Food Handlers is being offered in Black Hawk, Chickasaw, Winneshiek and Fayette counties.

January 27, 2015

What can a baby see right after birth? How much should a 1-year-old eat? Should a 3-year-old have a hearing test? These and many more questions keep parents awake at night wondering how they can be a better parent to their children, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

January 23, 2015

The 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

January 22, 2015

The heartbeat of every farm business is the people involved.  This course is designed to empower farm women to better manage both family and non-family partners and employees.  Women will learn effective strategies to manage human resources in the areas of employee laws, business communications, supervision and retention, and health, safety, and well-being.

January 19, 2015

Transplant production plays a key role in a successful vegetable production system. Growing high quality plants requires skill, proper care and knowledge of the fundamentals of plant growth.  ISU Extension horticulture specialists will be sharing best practices at a Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop on Tuesday, February 17 at Luther College in Decorah.

January 5, 2015

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015.

December 12, 2014

One of the goals of Women Managing Dairy Cattle, an Annie's Project course, is to provide networking opportunities.  That goal was definitely achieved as dairy women learned and shared their stories with others during the three-week pilot course, developed by Kristen Schulte, an Iowa State University Extension farm business management specialist. 

December 8, 2014

A conservation plan is the first step in managing natural resources in the landscape. With advice from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a landowner or land manager selects the best combination of conservation practices to meet both natural resource needs and his or her individual land management goals.

December 8, 2014

A new report points to strong economic impacts of local food in Iowa – more than $22 million in sales at the farm gate and at least 171 new jobs over the past two years – and explains how local food coordinators are contributing to this growth in their communities.

December 3, 2014

The November Cresco Clover Kids learned FUN Food Facts!

November 21, 2014

4-H members from Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Mitchell counties met to learn about national security efforts.

November 14, 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!

November 10, 2014

Howard County 4-H is doing a fundraiser with the Schwan's Food Network. 

November 9, 2014

Shoeboxes for Operation Shoebox were filled with various items for children by the County 4-H Council.

November 6, 2014

A two-year grant from the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative helped owners of several Iowa small meat processing facilities learn how to improve profitability, primarily by building on their competitive advantages over larger operations. They worked with Nick McCann from Iowa State University Extension.

November 6, 2014

Team Howard County recently participated at the All American Quarter Horse Show in Ohio.

November 5, 2014

Practical Farmers of Iowa announces its winter lineup of interactive online webinars, called “farminars.”  They will occur each Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, starting Nov. 11 through Dec. 23, and are open to everyone.

October 24, 2014

The Northeast Iowa partners will provide businesses with an array of consulting services and workshops aimed at improving small businesses and the local economy. The grant funding will also support ongoing successful programs with local agriculture-based companies in collaboration with the Food & Fitness Initiative, NICC and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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 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.

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