County News

August 19, 2014

Considering the high cost of health insurance, farm families should become familiar with changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in family finance discuss the implications for farm families in the August issue of Ag Decision Maker.

August 15, 2014

Now is prime time to establish a lawn from seed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on selecting seed and planting a new lawn, as well as overseeding an existing lawn. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 14, 2014

ISU Extension Outreach and Floyd Valley Hospital will be hosting the 6th annual Northwest Iowa Nutrition Conference on September 18th in Le Mars.

August 13, 2014

As families welcome the new school year, sometimes parents can forget a child’s need to ease into a new grade, says Lori Hayungs, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 11, 2014

Mid-to-late summer is an excellent time to manage the flowers growing around the house, yard and garden. But what are the specifics? When is the best time to manage particular flowers? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on maximizing the summer floral experience. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 11, 2014

Trees can become afflicted with problems that can change their appearance and overall health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on fighting these issues. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 11, 2014

Getting ready for school in the fall used to mean buying new clothes, some basic school supplies and maybe a new backpack. Today a new cell phone often is at the top of the back-to-school list, but do kids really need cell phones? Family life specialists discuss the issue this month in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 7, 2014

16-week on-line course on "Transitioning to Organic Agriculture"  beginning on Tuesday, August 26, from 6 to 9 PM, and every Tuesday night through December 2. The cost is $50/person for all 16 sessions.

August 7, 2014

To see the slides utilized at the Farmland Leasing Meeting on July 29th, click HERE!

August 6, 2014

Get on board for the last “Farm to Fork” culinary tour of the season hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Flavors of Northwest Iowa. Tour places near Sheldon, Sanborn and Inwood on Sept. 4.

August 4, 2014

Northwest Iowa Young Farmers are invited to join the NW Iowa Young Farmer Group through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

 

July 30, 2014

Words on Wellness (WOW) is a nutrition and families newsletter developed by Iowa State Unversity Extension Nutrition and Health Specialists. 

July 16, 2014

Summer is a great time to work in the garden or yard to make it look as beautiful as possible. However, problems can crop up and limit a yard’s overall potential. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on ways to avoid those issues or correct them when they occur, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

July 3, 2014

Everyone is going, all the kids sneak candy into the theatre and no one else has to be home by 11 p.m. When kids are facing peer pressure, how should parents respond? Family life specialists offer suggestions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 3, 2014

The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy summer squash from the garden, but successful growers must clear hurdles to gain a bountiful harvest. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on the best ways to have a fruitful summer squash crop this year, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.
June 26, 2014

Summer marks the season when your lawn can look its best – if you know how to maintain it properly. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking sharp during the year’s hottest months, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 23, 2014

Container gardens are an excellent way to grow plants in limited spaces. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on choosing containers and plants, and some ways to make sure they thrive. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 16, 2014

Maple trees are a landscape staple valued for their shade and vibrant fall colors. Homeowners may notice growths, spots or sooty areas on the maple leaves during summer. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify the leaf abnormalities and tell how to manage them. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 9, 2014

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Strawberry plants require full sun, well-drained soils and good management to produce abundant, sweet fruit. Horticulturists with Iowa State Univesity Extension and Outreach provide care and management information for the home gardener. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3081.

June 5, 2014

Juggling work schedules, kids’ commitments and the family budget may make some parents wonder if a family vacation is worth the effort. But before giving up, consider this: the kids might learn something from the experience. During June, family life specialists examine this proposition in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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