County News

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.

Flexible Cash Farm Leases
July 30, 2014

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

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

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.

Improving Farm Lease Arrangements
June 30, 2014

You'll find an Iowa Lease form as well as corn and soybean yields by county on this page.

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. 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 30, 2014

Proper mowing practices play a vital role in helping to maintain a healthy, sustainable home lawn. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer the most frequently asked questions about lawns.

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! 

caring for aging parents
July 13, 2013

Relationships between children and parents are both important and complicated.  Joy Rouse, a families program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says this relationship dynamic changes throughout the lifespan. It is not unusual for difficulties to arise as parents age.

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