News Releases

Yard and Garden: Safely Handle Fresh-cut Christmas Trees
(Posted on 12/17/2014)
Live, fresh-cut Christmas trees can add life and vibrancy to any home at this time of year. But they do come with some issues which should be addressed for maximum enjoyment and safety.
Tips Help Small Farm Owners Prepare for Winter
(Posted on 12/17/2014)
Acreage Living online newsletter offers timely information. In the December issue, specialists give insights on how to protect acreage landscaping and optimize home energy use during the winter.
High Tunnel Program Offered at Annual Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
(Posted on 12/15/2014)
“High Tunnel: Beyond the Basics” will be offered at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference on Jan. 29. The half-day workshop will focus on tools and equipment that measure the environment for making smarter, more informed decisions when managing summertime plant stress.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Counties in Southern Iowa
(Posted on 12/15/2014)
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa.
Growers, Students ‘Transition’ to Organic with Iowa State Course
(Posted on 12/12/2014)
When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for an Iowa State University online course claimed her attention. So she decided to participate in the course, “Transitioning to Organic Agriculture.”
Statewide Commercial Manure Applicator Training Jan. 6
(Posted on 12/12/2014)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training Jan. 6 at locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
2015 Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops Scheduled
(Posted on 12/12/2014)
Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Beef Sustainability is Focus of Driftless Region Beef Conference
(Posted on 12/12/2014)
Beef producers can learn about the sustainability of the beef industry and how it impacts their operation at the Driftless Region Beef Conference, Jan. 22-23, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa.
Make Better Financial Decisions with Free Smart Investing Courses
(Posted on 12/11/2014)
Iowans who want to learn to make better investing decisions can register for “Smart Investing@Your Library.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering three free courses completely online, as well as face to face at some Iowa libraries.
4-H Robotics Training for Volunteers in January
(Posted on 12/11/2014)
A Master Volunteer Robotics Training session is coming to northwest Iowa for adults with a desire to lead youth in robotics experiences. This 4-H STEM opportunity is Jan. 24 in Storm Lake.