New Information on Chronic Wasting Disease

Disease affects deer by degrading neurological functions

 Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family found in North America like elk and moose. The disease is caused by an abnormally shaped class of proteins which cause holes in the brain, degraded neurological function and ultimately death.

Dr. Ruth Oniang's Visits ISU Howard County Extension and Outreach

Honored  to meet Dr. Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o (2nd from right in photo) and Mary Njeri Karanu (left in photo) from Nairobi Kenya. They traveled to Des Moines to take part in the World Food Prize. They had October 11 free so retired ISU Field Specialist George Cummins brought them to our area to tour Dr Norman Borlang's home farm and visit the Historical Preservation Center and Ag Education Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Start to Farm Series for New and Early Career Dairy Farmers

Start to Farm designed to help participants grow their farm business

Wellness Series in Howard County Offered in November 2016

Healthy habits and tasty meals that meet dietary guidelines are part of a series being planned for families in November at the Extension office. 

2016 Farm Safety Day A Legacy in Howard County

4-H Farm Safety Day A Legacy!
Twenty-one years of focused 4-H Farm Safety education in Howard County at the Howard County Fairgrounds impacted 132 fourth grade youth.
September 23 served as the date for the 2016 Farm Safety Day Camp sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach Howard County. One hundred and thirty-two in fourth grade from three schools in Howard County – Riceville, Crestwood, and Notre Dame – were in attendance.

Annual Roadside Survey for Small Game Released

Annual Roadside Survey Results for Small Game Released

Counties Join Together to Offer Flood Relief

Counties Join Together to Offer Flood Relief

Dealing with Flooding

The resources on this page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water. To find current conditions in Iowa, visit the DNR Current Disasters in Iowa website and follow flood and drought conditions in the state; find resources and assistance information.


Vicki and Gary Sovereign of Cresco, Iowa were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 21. 

2016 Howard County 4-H'ers Projects Advance to Iowa State Fair

2016 4-H Exhibit Results
On Monday, June 20 over 450 4-H projects were judged for the Mighty Howard County Fair.  4-H members spend a great amount of time setting goals and completing projects throughout the year.  The following 4-H members will represent Howard County at the Iowa State Fair, August 11-21 with their 4-H exhibits.

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