County News

November 16, 2016

Iowa pond owners have available to them a series of three video lectures designed to provide pond management strategies

November 16, 2016

This weekend I called my immediate family to pin everyone down on a day for Thanksgiving dinner. I can now appreciate how unusual it was for my parents to host the event with all five of us and our families at the table. As we got older we would share the task of bringing dishes to the feast, but Dad would always joke, “I had to sell the farm to pay the grocery bill!”

November 16, 2016

In May of 2013, I talked about the creative way some parents manage chores and allowances, using technology and PayPal.  At that time, there was an age requirement in order to have an account; this eliminated the youngest kids from that kind of reward system.

November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:00 pm  to 8:00 PM

Open to any 4-H'er who is a 4-H Officer or who wants to learn about the different offices and Parliamentary Procedure.  We will be serving pizza at 6:00 pm so call the Jasper County Extension & Outreach Office to register at 641-792-6433.

November 8, 2016

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about spending time with family and enjoying delicious food.  During this time, it is also important to consider the importance of keeping food safe to eat so our family and friends stay healthy during the holidays.

November 2, 2016

Despite record Iowa and U.S corn and soybean production and yield forecasts for 2016, cash flow will likely prove challenging for many farms. Extra bushels should benefit a farm’s total crop revenue, but most of these bushels are unpriced and will have higher fixed costs associated with storage and interest charges.

November 2, 2016

Open Enrollment Period for Health Care Insurance starts this week, November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

If you bought health insurance in the Marketplace last year, you will automatically be reenrolled for the same coverage if you don’t log in to your account at www.healthcare.gov and make a change.  It is important to verify your estimated 2016 income. That may seem like the easiest route, but it could backfire.  Here are some reasons for avoiding the “automatic pilot” option:

October 24, 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 24, 2016

Maybe you have received mail that gives a positive or negative spin on the candidates and their support of tax law changes. (Okay, maybe I should just say “negative”.) The curious side of me usually wants more information than what the cardboard flyer shares, in other words, “How will it impact me?”

October 18, 2016

Final data on 2015 county level yields was recently released by the USDA Farm Service Agency. This is the final information needed for calculating payment rates under the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) program.

October 18, 2016

Ames Ag Chemical Dealer Update meeting will take place on Dec. 7 at the Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village

October 12, 2016

Entertaining preschoolers or school-aged kids while traveling can be a challenging. When my kids were little, we did not have DVD players or electronic games. Our favorite pastime (besides car bingo) was me, reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle or the adventures of Ramona, Henry and Beezus. I would read the Beverly Cleary series till I was hoarse.  It always amazed me how attentive and focused my kids could be, for such a long time, when I was reading chapter books.

October 11, 2016

Early Childhood professionals have access to cost effective and convenient online learning.

October 10, 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 3, 2016

To encourage visits to farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has relaunched its Visit Iowa Farms website at www.visitiowafarms.org. The website serves as a database of farms across the state willing to host visitors.

September 29, 2016

A student loan has two faces: it is a tremendous asset in making education possible, yet it can hold an individual back for decades afterwards. There are other ways to pay for post-secondary education (such as savings, earnings, scholarships or grants), but the reality is that most students take on student loans. Unfortunately, it is often easy to say “yes” to student loans without fully understanding the options.

September 29, 2016

Geraniums are beautiful plants which add color and vibrant detail to any landscape. However, they are ill-equipped to survive harsh winter conditions. There is a solution: Geraniums can be taken indoors and overwintered, then replanted in the spring.

September 21, 2016

What are you doing in February, March and April? If you don’t have plans to dip your toes in the warm sand of a tropical beach I have a suggestion for you.  Find a local VITA program and volunteer to help.

September 20, 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 20, 2016

While flowering plants have a limited growing season outdoors, the 2017 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar showcases plants that can keep a home bright and beautiful throughout the year.

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