County News

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.

December 23, 2013

To help farmers in their decision-making, Iowa Learning Farms has launched a new tool to help calculate and compare the costs of using cover crops, including seed, application and chemical termination. 

December 18, 2013

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November.

December 13, 2013

An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant trees and shrubs that possess ornamental characteristics, such as colorful fruit or exfoliating bark.

December 11, 2013

 Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is pleased to announce a new video series titled “Take me to the Farm” coming January 2014.

December 6, 2013

Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach say keeping holiday plants looking good through the holiday season and beyond is not as difficult as some might expect.

May 16, 2013

Does you pressure cooker work like it should?  How do you know if your pressure is really correct?  Plymouth County Extension is here to help.  We offer free pressure canner lid testing.  Bring your pressure canning lid into our office Monday -  Friday 8:00 am -12:00 p.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. to get tested. 

April 5, 2013

April means the beginning of spring and warmer temperatures.  And to some it means the beginning of spring/summer parties which can mean leftover food.   Check this article out to learn about the myths about food safety and how long you should keep leftovers.

April 5, 2013

Do you wonder why you child bites or have questions about your baby?  The extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletter can help you answer many frequently asked questions through researched based information. 

March 15, 2013

Now is the time you might be evaluating your forage crops for winter injury. ISU Extension Forage Specialist Stephen Barnhart explains what you can do this spring with winter injury forages.  

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