Local Highlights

February 26, 2017

According to the newly released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report, the number of Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres.

February 25, 2017

The Pocahontas County Master Gardeners will be hosting their 11th Annual Garden Extravaganza on April 7 & 8, 2017 at the Expo Center located at the Pocahontas Fairgrounds. We will feature experts sharing their gardening expertise, businesses with the latest in garden varieties, tips, and educational handouts. Many of the exhibitors will have merchandise for sale. Informational presentations will be held at 9:15am and 10:30am in the Fair Office. There will be drawings for door prizes. The Pocahontas Garden Club will serve coffee and rolls at 9:00am for a nominal charge. Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:30pm for nominal charge.  Come join us for a day of learning, excitement, and fun on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm or Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00am – 1:30pm.

February 23, 2017

Swine Derby Weig-In, Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

All 4-H and FFA members that would like to exhibit derby swine at the 2017 Pocahontas County Fair must weigh their pigs in at this time.  You may weigh five pigs, but you may only exhibit two derby pigs at the fair.  Pigs must not weigh over 60 pounds on March 25 at weigh in.

February 23, 2017

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

February 23, 2017

All market lambs that will be exhibited at the 2017 Pocahontas County Fair must be weighed in Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds.  Please call the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office at 712-335-3103 if you have any questions.

Statewide Resources

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

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  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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