County News

January 16, 2017

Fred M. Hall, an Iowa State graduate, is returning to the university as a dairy specialist. He will cover the northwest portion of the state with his office based out of Sioux County.

January 13, 2017

On Dec. 17, 2016, a large tree fell on a wedding party near Los Angeles, Calif., killing one and injuring several others. While fatalities from falling trees are uncommon, this incident is a worthy reminder of the importance of properly maintaining and pruning trees in urban landscapes.

January 12, 2017

Punishing children and disciplining children are not the same thing. Human sciences specialists and researchers are exploring the differences between the two approaches in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 12, 2017

Winter can be a drab time for those who enjoy colorful landscapes. Freezing temperatures and the natural life cycles of plants lead to some drab, boring colors compared to spring, summer and fall. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

January 11, 2017

One-on-One time to discuss issues specific and important to your farm operation. Kris Khol, ISU Agricultural Engineer.

January 9, 2017

The "2016 Yellow Book for Soybean Aphid" (CROP 3109) is now available as a free download through the Extension Store. The publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates based on Iowa State University research.

January 9, 2017

Healthy, properly planted trees can have a tremendously positive impact on urban environments, says Gabbi Edwards, urban forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She specializes in proper planting and pruning of trees, as well as how to select the right tree for an area.

 

January 9, 2017

Mediation is an option available to farmers as they work with their creditors to find a mutually beneficial solution to a delinquent secured agricultural debt of $20,000 or more. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with Iowa Mediation Service to create a video providing information and tips to help farmers better understand the mediation process.

January 9, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have released an updated version of the publication "Emerald Ash Borer Management Options" (PM 2084) to provide tips for preventive treatments for healthy ash trees.

January 4, 2017

The second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 16-17. This year’s event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health with invited guest speakers from around the country.

January 4, 2017

Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Kristi Cooper, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 20, 2016

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be.

December 20, 2016

A summer internship with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach allowed Callie Chambers to take what she learned at Iowa State University and apply it out in the real world.

December 15, 2016

The market for livestock has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few years. Strong prices during 2014 and early 2015 have given way to lower prices that are more in line with what producers saw from 2010-13, says Lee Schulz, livestock economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays from Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Office!  Warm wishes during the Holiday Season and New Year!

December 15, 2016

When you picture your future, you may see hundreds of possibilities. If you start planning today, you can customize your picture and begin working toward financial security in retirement. How many more years do you plan to work? For people looking for a life plan that’s more than a sketch on the back of a napkin, the January 18, 2017 interactive workshop is for you!

December 15, 2016

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau has approved recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2017, in Ankeny.

December 15, 2016

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series.

December 15, 2016

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

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