County News

November 18, 2014

The 2014-1015 Private Pesticide Applicator Training Dates have been released.  

October 14, 2014

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator.

September 23, 2014

With a famous NFL player facing child abuse charges, the debate on using corporal punishment on children has been brought to the forefront.

September 8, 2014

September is National Food Safety Education Month, and an appropriate way to celebrate is to clean the kitchen, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

August 19, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

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 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.

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.

May 9, 2014

The world’s most widely used weed killer is not responsible for perpetuating Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans, research shows.

April 25, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999, according to William Edwards, retired extension economist who directs the survey.

April 23, 2014

The 2014 Cash Rental Rate Survey is now available.  This publication is the results of a survey of farmers, land owners, and professional farm managers.   

April 16, 2014

Looking to add a little character to your barn. Barn quilts are becoming the lastest barn craze in Plymouth County. The barn quilts not only add to your interest but also the interest of people driving by your barn.

April 15, 2014

The website is up and running and the Facebook page has been updated as well!

April 9, 2014

Canning season is almost here!  

April 7, 2014

Corn stover, used for decades as silage and bedding, is now being harvested for industrial use.

March 31, 2014

As tractors, combines and other farm equipment have become larger and heavier, Iowa farmers’ concerns about soil compaction and its impacts on crop yields have increased as well, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

March 24, 2014

People have many motivations for choosing particular foods, including health, social and emotional reasons, but the most common reason is taste. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is recommending that Americans “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during March, National Nutrition Month.

March 13, 2014

Who doesn't love popcorn??  Check out these easy and inexpensive flavored popcorn recipes from ISU Extension and Outreach's Spend Smart Eat Smart website

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