Polk County

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Polk County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business, or farm, look to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. You can rely on ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions.


Commercial Pesticide Continuing Instruction Courses

Registration is now open for Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes.  Click here to link to registration forms.

Click here to sign-up to receive email notification for fall Pesticide CIC Classes.

***If attending courses in Polk County, please make checks out to Polk County Extension***

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County News

Andrea Nelson accepting ISU Extension award
November 28, 2016

They were honored at a luncheon on Nov. 17

Rachael Owens, baker from Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop in Ankeny, drops off
November 28, 2016

Residents of Pleasant Hill, Iowa – a Polk County community of 9,000 – will soon have access to an online ordering system for local foods

Holiday gift voucher
November 30, 2016

Simple holidays that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible

Selecting a Christmas Tree
November 18, 2016

Matching the right tree to the right home environment is crucial

Kids watching news
November 4, 2016

MonitorTV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress

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Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

AnswerLine Finding New Ways to Connect with Iowans

AnswerLine is busiest the three days before Thanksgiving, when food calls come pouring in. However, the ISU Extension and Outreach hotline is a highly trusted resource for Iowans all year.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

December 9, 2016 01:21 PM

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for...

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