County News

July 30, 2014

Darbee Wellman, Agriculturalist for ISU Extension and Outreach in Henry and Lee counties has been named the 2014 National Winner of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Communication Award in the Audio Recording category. She was the only national communications winner selected from the state of Iowa for 2014.

July 17, 2014

As part of the 2014 STEM Academy, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County held “RoboTech” on June 26th at the Fort Madison Public Library. This camp gave students who have completed sixth or seventh grade the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in engineering, computer programming, and robotics.

July 1, 2014

4th of July means grilling with family and friends! Keep these tips in mind at your cookout to avoid getting loved ones sick.

June 5, 2014

Southeast Iowans should enjoy their front-row seats as countless periodical cicadas emerge from the ground to blanket wooded areas, an event that occurs once every 17 years. Read more about this phenomenon!

May 22, 2014

Shelley Oltmans began her new position as the Executive Director for the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Specialist for Lee County Extension on May 21. Read more about Shelley and this unique dual position!

April 17, 2014

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Lee County Business Plan Competition, Jennie Hawkins, owner of Pristine Bee Apiaries!

March 24, 2014

March 23-29th is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, a time to celebrate the staff, volunteers, and supporters that help ISU Extension and Outreach reach Iowans through our educational programs. Bob Dodds, Regional Extension Education Director shares his thoughts about the evolution of Extension and what ISU Extension and Outreach means to him.

March 24, 2014

Thanks to those to attended our Weather Station Workshop. Dr. Elwynn Taylor led the program on using information from modern weather stations, such as the new West Point station, to better manage the risks associated with crop production and marketing.

March 20, 2014

The 4-H Youth Development Program in Lee County recognized its top members and volunteers at its Annual Awards Banquet in February. Congratulations to all of our award-winners!

March 20, 2014

Local food producers, food buyers, and other community members from Southeast Iowa gathered on February 27th in Keokuk to build a network and develop market opportunities for locally-grown food.

January 24, 2014

A new study found that over 90 percent of Americans prematurely toss food because they misinterpret dates on food labels as indicators of food safety. Follow these guidelines to help decipher the date codes on your next grocery store trip.

January 16, 2014

In 2013 ISU Extension and Outreach provided educational opportunities that focused on feeding our people, keeping them healthy, helping our communities prosper, and meeting local needs so Lee County can be an even better place for the next generation. Read our 2013 Stakeholder Report to learn about the impacts and outcomes.

December 30, 2013

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend this two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to maintain or renew their confinement site manure applicator certification.

December 2, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes Barb Schau, Office Assistant, and Emily Hulsebus, County Youth Educator, to the Lee County staff. 

December 2, 2013

Bob Dodds, Regional Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, was among three Iowans recognized and presented with the Meritorious Service Award during the Iowa Horticulture Society Annual Meeting on November 15th in Ames. The award is based on contributions to horticulture, demonstrated leadership ability, and contributions beyond the usual expectations of volunteer service or position responsibilities.

October 16, 2013

Read up on all that's happening with the Lee County 4-H Program!

October 7, 2013

October 4th the 1st Grade Outdoor Classroom Event was held at Johnson's Farm near Keokuk. Click here to see highlights of the day!!

October 3, 2013

It was a beautiful day in Shimek Forest for the annual Forestry Field Day event. For a slide show of highlights click here!

September 17, 2013

Go to to re-enroll.
If you were a member last year (do NOT create a new profile).
If you are interested in joining Lee County 4-H contact the Lee County Extension Office. 

July 3, 2013

To make the best use of your food dollar, handle fresh produce so it doesn’t go bad and makes it to the dinner table! Knowing how long fresh fruits and vegetables last and how to store them for maximum shelf life can help reduce waste according to Patricia Steiner, ISU Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Health Specialist.

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