County News

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.

February 3, 2014

With the recent spike in propane prices, it’s never too soon to start conserving heating energy. Pork producers may have propane contracted at a reasonable rate but managing heating costs should always be a priority, especially when expenses are rising.

January 23, 2014

Emerging science is telling us much about the links between environmental exposures, such as chemicals inside a home or child care center, and a child's health and ability to learn.

January 23, 2014

Workshops intended for local early childhood professionals!

January 14, 2014

The extension team recently released three Web-based training modules covering key aspects of grain drying and storage. 

January 13, 2014

Check out the 2013 ISU Farm Report.
2013 ISU Farm Research Report

January 8, 2014

This dark leafy green vegetable is considered to be a “nutritional powerhouse” and is high on the list of nutrition trends for the new year, said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

January 8, 2014

A two day training to that will include topics such as communications and relationship building, packaging, labels, supply and delivery, post-harvest handling for produce, grading, insurance, regulatory and marketing.

January 6, 2014

Fighting in front of the children creates a family life where conflict is the norm – and this conflict can negatively impact the kids. Learn about the complex issue of parental conflict and its effect on children in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 2, 2014

According to Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator, Lyon‐O’Brien‐Osceola‐Sioux Counties ISU Extension & Outreach, starting seeds indoors is a way to stretch the growing season. This is useful with certain vegetables that originate from tropical areas and need soil temperatures of 65 degrees or more in order to germinate. The need for warm soil coupled with northern Iowa’s limited growing season makes it impractical to directly seed them outdoors. So for those plants that need a head start such as tomatoes and peppers, we can either buy seedlings ready for transplant or grow our own. The benefit of growing your own from seed is that seeds are cheaper to purchase than seedlings. Plus with seeds you usually have more varieties to choose from.

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