County News

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.

April 26, 2016

Attracting insects such as butterflies or bees is a simple process that can add beauty to any outdoor space. Extension and Outreach has resources for homeowners wanting to attract pollinators.

April 12, 2016

“A Place of Your Own” The American Dream is to own a home. Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. It's an exciting experience and not a simple task

April 5, 2016

When children don’t have time for household chores, it’s time to reevaluate their busy schedules, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 5, 2016

New research from Iowa State University shows that farmers should use the same level of management for small grains as they do when managing corn or soybeans. By using seed counts per acre when planting, instead of a “by the bushel” rate calculation, farmers can receive both yield and financial benefits.

March 29, 2016

Click here for April's edition of Words on Wellness.

March 29, 2016

Parenting is an important and sometimes scary job, especially for new parents. “Just in Time Parenting,” a free email newsletter from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers parents reliable, researched-based information to help children grow well mentally, emotionally, physically and socially.

March 17, 2016

Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching.

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