County News

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.

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.

October 30, 2015

Wondering when your club or another club meets? Find available calendars here.

September 2, 2015

Find the Results from the O'Brien County Fair Here!

April 29, 2015

The elected council, like the hundreds of others across the country, is the grass roots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System.

March 30, 2015

The 2016 Fairbook is available online. Paper copies of the Fairbook will be available from your leader or our office the first part of April.

November 6, 2014

Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) certification is required of all 4-Hers exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry at the fair.

July 7, 2014

Can't make it to the Extension Office, check out the forms now available online.

August 14, 2012

It is never to early to start on your record book follow these easy guidelines and forms available to do your record book in no time! And have fun doing it!

May 1, 2012

 Instructions for 4-H Online Enrollment available here. Also paper forms for New 4-Hers.

February 2, 2012

Clippings is a weekly newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach featuring research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists serving Northwest Iowa. 

June 27, 2016

Information on how Clover Kids can take part in the O'Brien County Fair!

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. 

April 6, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O’Brien County recently checked in with Sheldon-area businesses that took part in an extension-funded ISU College of Design entrepreneurial and design project last fall. Through this program, students were paired up with Sheldon-area businesses. There were actually two separate projects which were completed – a small business consulting project and a downtown revitalization project. 

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 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!

January 6, 2016

Get all the updated information regarding O'Brien County 4-H!

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