County News

August 30, 2016

Want to make sure your child is eating nutritious lunches at school?  Here are some tips to keep your child healthy and happy!

August 17, 2016

Learn more about ServSafe Manager Certification classes.

August 17, 2016

“Maybe after a million words.” That’s a quote from Anne Sullivan in the movie, The Miracle Worker. The movie is about Helen Keller and the governess, Anne Sullivan, who helped Helen learn to communicate through sign language. In the scene Anne Sullivan is explaining to Helen’s mother that signing is like “baby gibberish” and that children do not understand language in the beginning but somehow learn it if they hear it often enough. Anne Sullivan predicted that Helen would be able to communicate, “…. maybe after a million words.”

August 10, 2016

Last weekend, we had thunder, lightning, tornado, high winds and rain. Welcome to living in the Midwest.

One of my colleagues lives on a farm; during the storm, he looked out at his barn to see an orange glow on the west side of the barn, then a moment later it was gone.  The next morning he found that the white siding was singed and black, and some of the power supply wiring had melted and frayed.  He realized it had been a close call, and that the barn had been spared because of the heavy rain.

August 9, 2016

"Words on Wellness", a monthly newsletter that promotes a healthy lifestyle for Iowans. In each issue, you’ll gain reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety, and explore the power of incorporating healthy practices into  daily living for you and your family.

August 9, 2016

Visitors to the 2016 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11–21, can find Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connections throughout the fairgrounds

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.
 

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