County News

December 28, 2016

The Creative Arts Summer Associate Educator will work with youth and adults in Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, and Cherokee counties to deliver Creative Arts research-based education from May 24-August 16, 2017. 

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

November 30, 2016

Parents of children ages five and under are invited to join “Family Storyteller” at the George Public Library on Thursdays starting Jan. 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Free books, home activity kits, snacks and crafts are all a part of a fun-filled, enjoyable evening. Literacy is a child's number one indicator of academic success. Work with them on their literacy skills now, and see them flourish because of it later in their academic lives. The Family Storyteller method has proven success.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
November 8, 2016

Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with a parent for a child to really open up to them. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) established in 2001 for pre-teens and their parents is desined to do just that. Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, six week program beginning Feb. 23, 2017. 

November 3, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project, a program focused on empowering women in agriculture, to be held in Sibley during Feb. and March 2017. Annie’s Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. It will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital Education Room in Sibley beginning Thursday, Feb. 23 and continuing every Thursday through March 30. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

October 1, 2016

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

PPAT
September 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.

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.

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

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

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 2016 – May 2017

November 29, 2016

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisors to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own backyard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-Jan. 27, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification. 

November 17, 2016

One hundred seven local youth participated in Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Fall STEM Fest at Northwest Iowa Community College on Nov. 12. STEM Fest is a free educational event for 4th through 8th grade students hosted twice a year, with the focus being Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

November 15, 2016

Young dairy farmers seeking to improve the production of their cows and fine-tune their dairy business are invited to participate in the winter Dairy Start to Farm series. Sessions are scheduled for Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Board Room at Dordt College in Sioux Center. The purpose of the Dairy Start to Farm series is to give young dairy farmers who are within their first 10 to 12 years of farming the opportunity to share ideas and learn about new resources available to them. 

September 22, 2016

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach visited the families to inform them of a special connection they have to Iowa's land grant university, and introduce them to the project.

September 9, 2016

Early Childhood Professionals are invited to join us for any or all of our online training sessions taking place from September through May. Classes are interactive and fun! Explore important topics that help you provide great care to the children in your center or home! Each training session is suitable for all training levels and provides each participant with 1.5 hours of continuing education for DHS. Please note - Online trainings do count as group setting credit because of the high level of group interactions. 

May 2, 2016

FarmAnswers.org is the USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher clearinghouse, providing resources to help young producers get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed. Farmers and ranchers can find online courses, videos, presentations, apps, and other materials to answer farming and ranching questions. 

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 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 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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