County News

September 17, 2014

Dr. Constance Beecher's work focuses on early literacy, language development and community engagement. As an extension and outreach specialist, she will work to increase school readiness in children. Beecher will teach literacy courses, conduct research on early literacy intervention and programs, and provide outreach to the community about early literacy issues.

September 15, 2014

Join 4-H for Opening Night with the Iowa Energy! Enjoy an evening of exciting basketball and family fun!

Government Farm Programs
September 10, 2014

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

Improving Farm Lease Arrangements
September 2, 2014

Find Iowa lease forms, along with the 2014 leasing meeting handout, recorded webcast and the Farmland Leasing Arrangements book.

Flexible Cash Farm Leases
August 29, 2014

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

Crop Marketing Strategies
August 20, 2014

Check out these newsletters to get the latest on crop marketing strategies.

August 19, 2014

The nature of farm work is very hazardous with a high incident of injury. Farmers use health insurance to protect the farm/property from risk. Many farm operations support multiple farm families. The ACA has changed health insurance plans for both the insured and uninsured.

August 15, 2014

It's not always as easy as A-B-C for kids heading back to school. How you can help your children adjust to changes they may face as the new school year begins. 

August 13, 2014

Join the ranks of 4-H judges or learn more about judging exhibits  by attending a new 4-H Judges Training of Saturday, September 27, 9:15 am – 3:30 pm  at  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Polk County.

August 11, 2014

What's at the top of your kids back to school wish list?  Is it a special pair of jeans, shoes or backpack? Or, is a new cell phone taking top ranking? If so, this article is a must read. See the quick links within the article to help you make the right decision.

July 15, 2014

The 2015 Annual Garden Calendar is now available. This upbeat calendar shows the fun side of gardening while offering colorful photography, great garden tips and fun quotes. The calendars make a great gift, and this years theme is sure to please! Stop in today to purchase yours for just $6.00.

July 9, 2014

The sun shining through car windows makes the car work like an oven. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can increase by 19 degrees and it continues to rise as time goes on. Always look in the back seat before walking away from the vehicle — always. 

July 3, 2014

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to revisit the subject of peer pressure with your children. Parents often hear "Everyone is going, all the kids sneak candy into the theatre and no one else has to be home by 11 p.m."  When kids are facing peer pressure, how should parents respond? Family life specialists offer suggestions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

July 2, 2014

Don't let insect bites and too much sun ruin your children's time outdoors this summer. Joy Rouse, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips to help keep your child safe from the sun and insects.

June 26, 2014

Want your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood? Read these tips from the experts at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking its best during the year’s hottest months and into fall. Learn about mowing height, fertilizing, watering and more! 

June 23, 2014

Want to garden but don't have a yard? Container gardens are an excellent way to grow plants in limited spaces. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on choosing containers and plants, and some ways to make sure they thrive. 

June 2, 2014

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

May 19, 2014

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can help Iowans identify the mushrooms growing in their backyards and elsewhere, but cannot say whether they’re safe to eat.


April 25, 2014

Questions about Garden Mums? Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on growing and caring for garden mums. 

December 23, 2013

Looking for information on where to test or how to re-certify? We have all the information you need and our quick links to get you to the right place! 

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