County News

August 8, 2016

I was visiting with a young family member and they shared their employer's expectations for employee's to donate generously to the corporate identified charities. The employer has set up an option through payroll to make those contributions and track involvement.

August 8, 2016

As we get ready to start a new school year, parents wonder what they can do to help their children succeed in school.  The Dare to Excel monthly newsletters have tips for creating a home environment that promotes learning on several topics.

July 6, 2016

The invasive pest is back and close to home. 

July 6, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the seventh annual Growing Season webcast series this summer. This year, gardeners have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of shade in the landscape, tree problems, and native insects to Iowa

July 6, 2016

Raspberries!

 

For over a week now I have been enjoying raspberries from my back yard – one of my favorite parts of summer!  They’re black raspberries – more seedy than the red raspberries available in the store, but very flavorful.  And free to me!

July 6, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding educational programing for farmers and retailers that are focused on proper weed management.

June 29, 2016

Farm owners and operators are invited to attend a Farmland Leasing Workshop on Monday, August 1st in Newton.

June 29, 2016

The average American wastes 209 to 254 lbs. of edible food each year. The main reasons are: lack of planning, not understanding food labels that give expiration dates, eating habits, and the ready supply of food.  USDA data shows that 45 per cent of the overall food supply in 2012 was never consumed. Some of the unconsumed food resulted from food loss during processing, but economic impact is pushing companies to repurpose that loss into animal feeds, fertilizer, biofuels, and other uses. By contrast, my lunch ended up in the trash bin.

June 21, 2016

Gardens are potentially excellent sources for fresh produce which can be harvested, enjoyed and saved for year-round use. However, they need special care and watering to create a bountiful harvest of vegetables, especially in the hot summer months.

June 15, 2016



  • With the recent events in Orlando Florida, children could be exposed to media and adult conversations that would cause emotions difficult for them to deal with.  The publication, Talking to Children about Terrorism, will help parents and other adults talk with their children about what they are feeling.


June 14, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists are facilitating farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa.

June 14, 2016

Grandparents have more gifts to share than those that cost money.  Learn moe about these gifts in this article.

June 7, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Corn Insect Workshop on Friday, July 29, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn more about corn insect pest management, and is of particular interest to crop consultants, agronomists and farmers.

June 7, 2016

Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. However, when parents and children engage in mealtime battles, nobody wins. Instead, parents should focus on preventing power struggles over food, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

May 26, 2016

Understanding the different types of ticks that are found in the state and how to remove ticks if they become attached to a human or domestic animal is the focus of a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

May 26, 2016

Forgoing mowing in spring and delaying summer mowing allows sufficient time for Iowa’s breeding pheasants, quail, meadowlarks and 16 other common species of grassland-nesting birds to raise their young in nests they build during this time of the year.

May 16, 2016

I had a call today from someone wondering about the tax deadline — is it really too late to file?  He was happy to hear that even though the official deadlines are past, he can still file his tax return.  In fact, for those of us who are required to file (that includes most people who work), we still must file a return.

May 16, 2016

Most of us have dreams we would label as “impossible” from a financial standpoint:  a certain kind of house, or a major remodel, or an international vacation…  There are things that just seem out of reach.

May 2, 2016

Native plants can give home landscapes a unique, varied look when paired with the current flora and fauna that already dot landscapes across Iowa. Which are best for specific landscapes and gardens, and how should they be treated for best results?

April 26, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published four publications to serve as guides for residential yardwork.

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