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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Palo Alto County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business or farm, look to Palo Alto County Extension and Iowa State University Extension for unbiased, researched-based information and education to help you make better decisions.

Office hours: 9:00 to 4:30 Mon - Fri

Dates to Remember:

Lock-in - January 21st at Smith Wellness Center
Beef Bonanza - February 4 at ILCC

County News

January 10, 2017

Palo Alto and Emmet County last Private pesticide certification is Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017, from 9:30 am to Noon. This will be held in Graettinger at teh Catholic Church Parish Center. Please call 712-852-2865 to pre-register. This is the last one for these counties for this year. So Don't miss out if you need this certification.

January 6, 2017

Do you own land in Palo Alto County?  If you do, you  could be a part of the Iowa State University Land Grant Legacy.  Check out the website and see if you are a part of the LEGACY.

January 6, 2017

Beef is a year-round favorite, from grilling burgers in the summer, to enjoying a hearty stew in the winter. 4-H and FFA youth in grades 4 – 12 are invited to join us for the 2017 Northwest Iowa Beef Bonanza on Saturday, February 4 from 9:45 am – 3:00 pm at the Iowa Lakes Community College Campus in Emmetsburg. This event will be an educational hands-on event all about beef. Youth will see if they can make money feeding cattle in the Show Me the Moo-La game. They will develop their advocacy skills, learn about VFDs and get close and personal with reproduction. At 3:00 pm, there will be an optional tour of the ILCC Beef Facility (west on HWY 18). Don’t miss this exciting event!
Cost is $5.00 per participant which includes lunch. Participation in this program will meet youth's FSQA certification requirement for one year. Adults are welcome to stay for $5 lunch fee. Click here for registration form.

December 16, 2016

Beef Weigh-IN will be January 14, 2017 from 1 to 3pm at the Palo Alto Fairgrounds

September 22, 2016

Are you experiencing Flooding? If so here are some resources to help you. If you have any questions please call Palo Alto County Extension Office 712-852-2865 :


2016-2017 Private Pesticide Programs:

1-12-17         6:30pm      Bancroft Summit Center

1-17-16          9:30am       Graettinger Immaculate Conception Parish Center

1-18-17         6:30pm       Sac City Middle School Auditorium

1-19-17         9:30am        Storm Lake Prairie Lakes AEA meeting room

1-19-17       1:30pm          Storm Lake Prairie Lakes AEA meeting room

1-20-17        9:30am          Buffalo Center Bethlehem Lutheran Church

1-24-17       9:30am           Dickenson County Community Building

1-31-17       9:30am           Britt Municipal Building

2-3-17          9:30am           Wall Lake Community Center

2-9-17           9:30am          Pocahontas Rialto Theatre

2-10-17         9:30am          Storm Lake Prairie Lakes AEA meeting room

3-7-17           9:30am          Swea City First United Methodist Church

3-22-17          6:30pm          Forest City Titonka Saving Bank

3-23-17          9:30am           Clay County Regional Events Center

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