County News

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Rosa canina pink dog-rose
December 5, 2013

Iowans appreciate a good history lesson. We look for references from the past when we plot our future. It is no different when it comes to farming or gardening. This week ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardener Lori Klopfenstein explores the rose and its place is history.

Master Gardener speak to groups organizations businesses
November 12, 2013

What is the Master Gardener's Speakers Bureau and how you can request a Master Gardener to speak to your organization? Learn more.

Mums Chrysanthemums how to prepare for winter
November 4, 2013

Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and can survive the winter to bring you years of enjoyment.  ISU Extension and Outreach Horticulturist explains why mums may not make it through a winter and how you can prepare your mums for winter to increase the odds of their survival.

compost leaves how to compost bin
October 28, 2013

With the slightest breeze, shade and ornamental trees send a shower of leaves to carpet the lawn, drive and sidewalk. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer homeowners’ questions as they decide how to deal with fallen leaves.

inspect garden pots and put away for spring
October 23, 2013

Linn County Master Gardener Jackie Hadenfeldt MacLaren outlines seven tasks you should add to your to-do list to get ready now for next spring.

affordable health care act health insurance marketplace
October 17, 2013

If you have questions relating to the Affordable Care Act and its effect on your personal finances, these are some great resources to help you understand a lot of the new lingo you are hearing and help to make informated health inslurance choices while planning for health care costs.

reseeding lawn fall best time
October 3, 2013

ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens provides some guidance on how to take care of your lawn.

leaves make compost lasagna gardening
October 3, 2013

ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch has some tips on how to best use the extra growth and leaves so abundant now to create an abundant garden next season.

workplace wellness program
September 13, 2013

Check out a program we offer to do on-site for businesses to help keep their employees happy and healthy and ultimately increase the productivity.  Investing in Employee Wellness Is Good Business!

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