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ISU Extension and Outreach

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business, or farm, look to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. You can rely on ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions.
Office HOURS: M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm
Master Gardener HORTLINE: M-F, 10:00am-Noon

The Linn County Extension Council meets monthly and is open to the public. Find the date and time of our next council meeting and come join us!

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County News

July 21, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Linn County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting on August 18th at 6pm, at Linn County Extension Office,383 Collins Road Ne Suite 201, Cedar Rapids. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

July 19, 2016

Sometimes you find inspiration for writing a gardening article in the most unsuspecting places.  Case in point, the buzz of our office recently has been about the Quick Fire Hydrangea (Hydrangea Paniculata).  

July 6, 2016

Selecting a tree for your yard can be a daunting task and a choice you may have to live with as long as the tree is alive and you own the property. There are lots of resources for selecting the right tree such as Trees Forever, DNR, and Iowa State University Extension Service. 

June 29, 2016

I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind. Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4 William Shakespeare.

At this time of year you must learn to be cruel to be kind to some of your perennials. Cutting back healthy plants midsummer seems counterintuitive. 

June 24, 2016

This program is designed for youth in 4th-6th grade to stay home before or afterschool for short amounts of time.  The program is available as a training workshop for participants to direct deliver to youth.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

4-H youth are trying robotics, game design and multimedia in Hyperstream, a STEM Scale-Up program. ISU Extension and Outreach offers Hyperstream tech clubs to engage young people and excite them about careers in STEM.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

July 22, 2016 02:00 PM

 The ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team has developed a series of budgets to help dairy producers understand their current...

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