County News

June 1, 2016

Deadline to register livestock for the Iowa State Fair is July 1st is the deadline to enter for livestock. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/statefair/livestock

May 10, 2016

For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. After 15 consecutive years of rental price increases (1998-2012), prices have now gone down for three straight years.

May 10, 2016

Gary Wright, an Iowa State alumnus with extensive experience in agricultural finance and production, has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team as a farm management specialist, the university announced today.

May 5, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, invite Northwest Iowa feedlot operators to take part in one of the upcoming Beef Feedlot Assessment Field Days. Each field day is scheudled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last 1 hour. Pre-registration is encouraged. 

April 4, 2016

Throughout the summer, Regional Food Coordinator and Horticulture Educator Margaret Murphy will be hosting a Garden to Table Series, with two vegetable-focused events in Rock Rapids and two herb-specific events in O'Brien County. Register for any or all of the events now!

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 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 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

2015 Fairbook is available online. Paper copies of the 2015 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. 

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. 

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