County News

Creative Gardening Series free lectures cedar rapids iowa
March 20, 2014

Three FREE lectures will be presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners: March 27, April 3 and April 10 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. 

plant marker piece of blind upcycled
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens shares some ideas for repurposing items for gardening this spring that you might otherwise toss in the recycle bin.

How to provide food for birds Iowa
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery explains how we can enjoy birds all winter long by providing them shelter, water and food.

Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren shares some great ideas for beating the winter blahs with highlights of upcoming classes and events.

local food producer training cedar rapids iowa marketing
February 13, 2014

This two-day training program is based around best business practices identified by buyers in these markets that are actively seeking local suppliers and will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a business strategy to succeed. It will be offered in Linn County February 20 and March 6.  Registration is required.

linn county fair queen competition 2014
February 4, 2014

Plans are well under way for this year's Linn County Fair.  One of the exciting annual events is crowing the Fair Queen.  Applications for this year's competition are due May 15, 2014.

free garden classes master gardeners cedar rapids ladd library
January 30, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners will be presenting these FREE classes at the Ladd Library during the month of April.

amaryllis care repotting dormant cycle bloom
January 30, 2014

The Linn County Extension Hortline has had several calls this past week asking about how to save and care for amaryllis bulbs. those beautiful showy holiday favorites. It can be done but the key to repeat blooms is proper care. Master Gardener Lisa Slatter provides some great tips!

January 23, 2014

January is an unlikely time to give much thought to bees, but they'll be back in a few short months and honey bee numbers are declining.  ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery tells us how we can reduce our use of pesticides this growing season and help protect our pollinators. 

how to order the right seeds
January 23, 2014

Seed catalogs for 2014 are arriving in the mail. It's easy to over-order seeds and plants from the pretty pictures and claims of 'easy to grow'. What things should be considered before placing any seed order? ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery shares some tips.

linn county master gardener garden classes ely hiawatha library
January 23, 2014

Free Garden Classes, on a variety of topics, will be held during February by the Linn County Master Gardeners at 2 of our local libraries. Check out the latest schedule...

commercial pesticide applicator recertification classes
January 22, 2014

Linn County Extension will serve as a site for upcoming Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators. Please register early to avoid the late registration fee!

Parent Education Consortium
January 9, 2014

Our Parent Education Consortium is only the thirty-fourth Iowa program to earn this honored distinction! We invite you to celebrate with us and learn more about this program on January 28th.

houseplant care questions answers
January 9, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens answers some common questions about houseplant care. 

Restaurant Food safety certification course Cedar Rapids Iowa
December 31, 2013

ServSafe is a one day certification course on food safety designed for restaurants and food handlers. It will be offered in Cedar Rapids during 2014.

dairy days industry emerging issues Iowa
December 26, 2013

Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to hear Iowa State University Extension Specialists share information on emerging dairy industry issues at the 2014 ISU Extension Dairy Days scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between January 20 and February 6. 

December 26, 2013

Would your family like to learn how to be more ‘green’ for the new year? Do you want your children to be involved in making decisions that honor the earth, your financial resources and keep you healthy at the same time?  ISU Extension & Outreach Family Life Specialist, Kristi Cooper, has a great way that your family can do all of these things!

2013 Iowa Farmland value
December 26, 2013

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks.

des moines iowa state capital
December 26, 2013

The January 21st  trip to Des Moines is open to 7th and 8th grade 4-H'ers (and their friends) in Benton, Linn and Jones county.  Registration is due January 6th.

Crop Advantage Series
December 10, 2013

Crop Advantage brings the latest crop production information from ISU Extension and Outreach to a location near you each January. Each location includes key statewide topics as well as a program developed by ISU field agronomists specifically for your region. 

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