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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.
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County News

March 29, 2017

MG Article by Lisa Slattery

If you're new to gardening you'll need to familiarize yourself with growing zones and what they mean. If you are a seasoned gardener, you might still be confused about zones. 

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson.

Water. One of the basics of life.  But over and under watering are two of the major reasons plants might fail. Water consumption varies with species, season of the year, ambient humidity, room temperature, and soil conditions. Research your plants water requirements online or at the garden center. 

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor.

Admittedly, my initial interest in composting was less about saving the environment and more about avoiding additional garbage bags.  We are a family that rarely eats out, and we consume a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and coffee.   So, instead of buying bag tags we decided to invest in a small compost bin.

March 21, 2017

MG Artilce by Denise Klemp.

Now that spring is approaching, we will all soon be outside working in our yards.  Before starting out please consider the safety aspect of all the work and projects you plan to accomplish during the gardening season.   Here’s a list of things to keep in mind.  They probably all sound familiar but it’s when we become complacent and lose focus on how to do jobs safely that accidents and injuries occur.  As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Judy Stevens.

As the planting season approaches many myths, superstitions and interesting theories are told and retold about achieving gardening success.  All though these methods are not endorsed by Iowa State Extension they are interesting to hear. 

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2017 ISU Day at the Iowa Capitol

ISU Extension and Outreach shared the Land Grant Legacy at Iowa State University Day at the Capitol and reminded legislators that their elected positions give them a connection to Iowa State’s legacy.

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March 29, 2017 01:27 PM

Just like corn in Iowa, Latino and Native American youth can grow tall and strong. That’s the message of Maize, a culturally-based...

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