County News

October 30, 2015

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

September 28, 2016

Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the “Your Money, Your Goals” toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Iowa Lakes Community College (Room 114) in Spencer. Course registration ends Friday, Dec. 12, 2016.

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. 

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.

August 29, 2016

Over 550 youth took part in Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s 2016 summer camps, with many of the participants attending multiple camps for a total of 1,411 camp participants. Five counties - O’Brien, Sioux, Lyon, Osceola and Clay - all join together each summer to provide these educational summer camps throughout Northwest Iowa. 

June 27, 2016

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

May 2, 2016 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. 

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