County News

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

March 6, 2014

 When a child says, “I know Grandpa isn’t really dead. He’s just asleep,” how should a parent respond? During March, family life specialists discuss how parents can help children cope with the death of loved ones in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 6, 2014

The 2014 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey followed the recent trend of small, but consistent increases in rates each year. According to William Edwards, retired Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economist, most operations showed increases of 4 to 6 percent over the average rates in the 2013 survey. The survey includes information on tillage, planting, spraying and harvesting grain or forages. Also included are values for miscellaneous services and machinery rental.

March 3, 2014

Stronger families, increased family financial capacity, economic development in communities and youth who are productive citizens, effective leaders, and literate and prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – Iowans identified these as priority community needs that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.

February 13, 2014

Winter can be tough on Iowa’s trees and shrubs. Low temperatures, rapid temperature changes, winter desiccation and the weight of ice and snow can damage vulnerable trees and shrubs. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about the effect this winter’s frigid temperatures will have on landscape plants. 

February 11, 2014

During February, family life specialists discuss children’s attitudes about aging in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 6, 2014

Many Iowans get inspired to follow a heart-healthy diet during February -- American Heart Month -- since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, the heart isn’t the only organ that benefits from following a heart-healthy diet.

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