County News

November 1, 2016

The 2015 median household income in rural Iowa was $60,223, almost 11 percent higher than urban incomes ($51,705). Rural Iowans also have become wealthier than rural residents in other states.

November 1, 2016

Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Farenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall.

November 1, 2016

Fall brings with it beautiful colors across the state. Most identify trees with those spectacular vistas, but ornamental grasses also can provide great color for landscapes.

October 25, 2016

The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth.

October 25, 2016

Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.

October 18, 2016

While farmers work in the fields to harvest their crops, home gardeners can do the same. With luck there’s more than anyone can use in a week or two, which means storage is needed.

October 12, 2016

Fall has arrived in Iowa, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring flowers. Now is the time to act and prepare for spring-flowering bulbs, be it inside or outside, this fall and winter.

October 12, 2016

Providing care for aging parents, a spouse or loved one, or other family members can be a stressful responsibility and overwhelming experience. ISU Extension and Outreach offers “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” to help family caregivers find the support they need.

September 28, 2016

This is the time of year when oversized, tall equipment such as portable grain augers and combines are moved from place to place on the farmstead, ISU Extension and Outreach wants to remind everyone to look up and avoid contact with power lines to prevent farm injuries and deaths.

September 20, 2016

Sept. 18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants farmers to focus their attention on potential slips and falls, which can be linked to serious injuries.

September 20, 2016

Fall is the right time to plant, dig and divide lilies for optimal performance in spring. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain what to do now to help lilies reach their full potential.

September 9, 2016

Tulips are a welcome part of the spring landscape, but to enjoy their benefits in warm weather, work must be done during fall to maximize their potential.

September 7, 2016

Teenagers may view getting a job simply as a way to earn money, and that's a valid reason to work. However, employment may bring additional benefits to teens and perhaps a few concerns for their parents, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

September 7, 2016

In an effort to protect human and animal health from the rise of antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines that will regulate medically important antibiotic use in animal feed.

September 7, 2016

Results of the Iowa DNR annual August Roadside Survey showed little change in gamebird populations from last year. Previous results have shown population declines in most years of the survey's 55-year history.

September 7, 2016

It takes work to increase young children's interest in learning and building their language skills, but there are ways to make it fun, says Joy Rouse, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist.

September 2, 2016

Media, parents and child care providers play an important role in forming money habits in children. So give those preschoolers some pennies and start talking about money! That’s the advice of Sandra McKinnon, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

September 1, 2016

Fall is almost here, and one of the best parts of the season is the apple harvest. Apples are a delicious, fun part of autumn, but care must be taken with harvest time, storage and potential blotches.

September 1, 2016

Iowa Learning Farms and partners will host a soil health and cover crop field day at Black Hawk Lake in Lake View on Thursday, Sept. 15

August 26, 2016

Fall is an excellent time to reap the benefits of home gardens. Produce harvested from personal plots can make fora bountiful feast. But storing and keeping produce including potatoes, onions and carrots fresh can become an issue.

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