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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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Fair 2016 Information

County News

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.

June 20, 2016

As we move into the heat and humidity of mid-summer, the benign neglect required to maintain a Pollinator Habitat begins to look good.  As the heat rises, our energy seems to flag.  Add to that the humidity, and any mid-day gardening or weeding begins to look like a form of torture.  Well, leaving your garden alone during this time of year is exactly what pollinators like.  

June 14, 2016

With all of the great sales occurring in the nurseries this time of year it's hard to decide if the savings is really a good investment or if the plant will live up to your expectations. Timing is still right for annuals and perennials but trees?

June 7, 2016

When planting for pollinators, it’s important to choose pollinator friendly shrubs and trees which provide a long-term balanced habitat.  Shrubs and trees, or "woody stock" are the backbone plants for an ecosystem which includes all the elements needed for a supportive environment.  Habitats should be multi-tiered, allowing for all sizes and types of pollinators to thrive.

May 17, 2016

Come explore 4 diverse urban Linn County properties in the Cedar Rapids Area.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

June 28, 2016 09:07 AM

A back to the basics cover crop field day is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Tama Civic Center in Tama. ISU...

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