County News

March 29, 2016

The Multi-County Livestock Workshop will be held May 26, 2016, from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at the O'Brien County Fairgrounds in Primghar. Species will include beef, bucket calf, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry and horse. Register today!

March 29, 2016

The state 4-H council and Iowa 4-H staff are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference scheduled for June 28-30, 2016, on the campus of Iowa State University.

March 20, 2016

PLUNGE! into 4-H is an interactive two-day camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. During the two days, members can take part in horseback riding, archery, zip-lining, nature hikes, service projects, and much more! REGISTER TODAY!

March 1, 2016

     The 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program will again be in place for the current 4-H year. FSQA stands for Food Safety Quality Assurance. This program helps 4-H producers understand their role in producing food, and help them make wise, ethical decisions related to food production. If you exhibit the following livestock are required to be FSQA certified: Beef, Bottle/Bucket Calf, Dairy, Goat, Swine, Sheep, Rabbit (if it is not a pet project), and Poultry. You MUST become FSQA certified to exhibit your animals at the County Fair and/or Iowa State Fair.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
January 28, 2016

Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, six week program beginning Feb. 25.

January 8, 2016

Eat better. Exercise more. Get organized. Learn something new. It’s that time of year when adults make resolutions to help them reach their goals. It’s also a good time for parents to help their children build goal-setting skills, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 1, 2016

     1.  Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning,
     and a commitment to helping others. Core training consists of 40 hours of horticulture education. Topics
     include soil basics, lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit
     crops, houseplants, weed and pest control.

     2.  Interested in Master Gardener training but not the required volunteer community service
     hours? Become a ProHort trainee more details are found here.

January 1, 2016

Lyon County Extension will reshow both the Commercial and Confinement Manure Applicator Programs on the second Thursday of each month, beginning March of each current year, for those that were unable to attend a workshop. If you need to schedule a reshow at any other

PPAT
January 1, 2016

Attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20. You need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. See full details here.

September 29, 2015

Adverse childhood experiences do not guarantee bad outcomes for adults but they increase the odds of struggle and they are largely preventable, says Lori Hayungs,a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

September 17, 2015

     Clover Kids is an Iowa Youth Development Program. Iowa
     State University Extension and Outreach of Lyon County provides
     Clover Kids to 2nd and 3rd graders. This program is separate from
     the 4-H club program and is for pre-4-H age kids to DISCOVER  4-H!

What can youth expect to do in Clover Kids?
· Explore science, technology, healthy living, citizenship, leadership, communication, and the arts
· Strengthen motor skills through a variety of experiments and crafts
· Have fun learning and playing cooperative games
· Make friends and learn to work positively in a group setting
· Particpate in the Lyon County Fair in July

Clover Kids is offered once a month, November 2015 – May 2016

April 23, 2016

April 23-30, 2016 is Money Smart Week - a time to update your knowledge or skills in financial management.  Sponsored annually by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign featuring free, non-commercial learning opportunities. 

April 7, 2016

Lyon County Extension and Outreach was recently awarded one of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Master Gardener grants with the primary focus of increasing access to healthy foods for families experiencing poverty. Throughout Iowa, 25 grants were awarded totaling $20,000, with the funding coming from the United States Department of Agriculture’s SNAP-Ed program.

April 4, 2016

Strawberries are well suited for any home garden. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring is one of the best times to plant strawberries in Iowa and knowing when to plant and how to grow and maintain the strawberries is key to producing a successful crop. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give tips and suggestions on planting, growing and maintaining strawberries in Iowa.

March 1, 2016
Need help with meal planning? Kids stressing you out? Looking for some financial guidance? 
The Human Sciences department from ISU Extension and Outreach wants to help! There are seven active blogs in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach featuring these and other topics. 
February 25, 2016

Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through university awards. Cheryl Heronemus, regional extension education director for counties in northwest Iowa, was honored with the 2015 R.K. Bliss Award. The award, named for the director of extension from 1912 to 1946, recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. 

February 24, 2016

Thank you to Michelle Schoening of KTIV News for joining us at STEM Fest. View her article and video here!

February 23, 2016

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support these changes can come more easily. 'Words on Wellness,' a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years. 

February 22, 2016

Siouxland News' Nick Popham joined students at Dordt College on Feb. 20 during the annual STEM Fest. Check out the full video and article here!

February 11, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, but didn’t want to wait until the next program is offered?

A part of what we do in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach addresses just that – with a personal touch to reach each and every one of you! If you are “plugged in” to the online world, you can check out any of the SEVEN blogs, NINE Facebook pages,  SEVEN Twitter accounts, FOUR Pinterest pages, and ONE Youtube page that all feature different aspects of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in our region.

Check out this PDF with hot links for access directly to any or all of our social media pages in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach!

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