County News

April 17, 2015

Weeds can cause trouble for asparagus, raspberries and strawberries. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the proper way to control weeds in home gardens.

April 9, 2015

Finding reliable parenting information on the Internet just got easier! The Just in Time Parenting Site highlights information and strategies identified by researchers as those most crucial to helping children thrive - promoting healthy growth and development, preparing children for school success, reinforcing positive parenting behaviors and affirming healthy interpersonal and family relationships.

March 5, 2015

The key to good fruit set is to provide conditions favorable for flower bud information, survival and pollination. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach share cultural practices that improve a tree's ability to begin and continue to bear fruit.

February 27, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Sac County, area FFA Chapters and Ag Advisors, in cooperation with area businesses and farmers, will have a certification course March 27 and 28 and April 10 and 11, to certify 14 and 15 year-olds for tractor and machinery operation off the home farm.

December 10, 2014

Carrying out family traditions takes effort, but these rituals make families stronger. Human Sciences specialists offer tips for creating family memories during the holidays and throughout the year in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 5, 2014

The Pest Management and the Environment Program at Iowa State University, recently changed its name to Pesticide Safety Education.

December 5, 2014

Poinsettias are associated with the holidays and mkae the season bright. Learn how to select and care for the perfect poinsettia.

September 19, 2014

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy apples and apple harvesting. Here are some tips from ISU Extension and Outreach to make the most of apple season.

August 26, 2014

As families welcome the new school year, sometimes parents can forget a child's need to ease into a new grade, says Kim Brantner, a family life specialist with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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August 7, 2014

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

June 2, 2014

Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures. Iowa State University horticulturists provide guidance on weed control methods.

May 19, 2014

Perennials can be grown in nearly any garden location - sunny, shady, wet, dry, border or background. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists recommend perennials to meet specifications of many gardeners.

April 29, 2014

This year's theme for Older Americans Month is "Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.: The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

April 14, 2014

Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.

April 9, 2014

Modern roses, such as hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas, are attractive additions to the home landscape. While roses are beautiful, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists say they do require good care.

February 28, 2014

With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries- even homeowners with only small yard space.

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