County News

Government Farm Programs
April 9, 2015

Learn more about the new government farm program and how it impacts you.

April 7, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Health Program Specialist, Mary Krisco, has been working with a team of staff to train part-time instructors for the ServSafe program to better serve Spanish-speaking restaurant workers seeking food safety certification.

Cash Rental Rates and Farmland Values
April 1, 2015

Get current cash rental rates, farmland values surveys along with recorded videos and webcasts.

monarch catepillar on milkweed
March 23, 2015

As we celebrate Extension and Outreach Week, Polk County residents are welcome to stop in and get free milkweed seed to help establish monarch butterfly habitat.

March 13, 2015

This program is designed for all food service workers. See the list of workshops available in Polk County.

Improving Farm Lease Arrangements
March 12, 2015

Find Iowa lease forms, along with the leasing meeting handout, recorded webcast and the Farmland Leasing Arrangements book.

March 5, 2015

Money Talk is a five-week course for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money. The Money Talk program from ISU Extension and Outreach helps women make informed financial decisions.

March 2, 2015

Thing spring! Now is the time to start your seedlings to prepare for the outdoor growing season.

March 2, 2015

Iowa State University helped develop an app that makes it easier to meet state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements. Extension and Outreach is working with developers to improve the app's usefulness and features.


February 16, 2015

It’s only February, but my tulips are coming up. What should I do?

February 16, 2015

“In 2015, we expect a drop in the crop cost estimates for both corn and soybean production in Iowa,” said Steve Johnson, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Due to differences in soil potentials, crop rotations, quantity of inputs used and other factors, production costs will vary from farm to farm.

February 16, 2015

Interested in hunting and selling morel mushrooms in Iowa? If so, plan to take this three-hour class in April from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and be certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa.

February 16, 2015

February through March is generally the best time to prune most deciduous trees.

Flexible Cash Farm Leases
January 19, 2015

Get forms for flexible cash farm leases along with videos and webcasts.

January 9, 2015

New Category 6, Right-of-Way exams will be used at all IDALS testing locations beginning Monday, February 9. If you don't have this NEW study guide, stop by our office to purchase one. We are located at 1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A, Altoona, IA  50009. Telephone 515.957.5760. 

January 9, 2015

Fall 2015 recertification classes begin October 21. See our calandar link along the side bar of our home page for more information about class dates and times.  Please remember to pre-register. Registration forms for fall classes should be posted by October 1st. 

October 14, 2014

The long days and late nights of harvest can lead farmers to push their limits to get crops out of fields, but research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that breaks can help increase concentration and alertness while reducing the risk for farm accidents.

October 3, 2014

Have you talked to your children about safety from predators recently? It's important to have ongoing dialogue with children throughout their school years.   

September 29, 2014

Albert Grunenwald has been named Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation by the organization’s governing board effective September 23, 2014. Grunenwald has more than 19 years of experience working with youth and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.  

September 18, 2014

Are your basil plants looking under the weather? This article from the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic tells you how to handle the mildew problem.  

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