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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.



County Awards
4-H County award applications are NOW Available! Applications are due on October 1st at 12:00 PM.
Contact Katie at 515-957-5771 with questions.
Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification 
Fall Commercial Pesticide recertification registration forms can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/PME
Contact Deb Baker at 515-957-5760 or dabaker@iastate.edu with questions.
Emerald Ash Borer General Information and Public Seminars
Emerald Ash Borer or Native Borer? 
New publication shows the difference. Enter PM3065 in the keyword search box on our store site.
Expertise Directory
Search the ISU Extension and Outreach expertise directory to find a specialist that can help you!

County News

September 15, 2014

Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) begin October 15, 2014. For registration forms go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/PME. Under the Pesticide Applicator Training Program tab, click on the Commercial Applicator Training Information option. Mail form and payment to Polk County Extension and Outreach, Attn: Deb Baker, 1625 Adventureland Drive - Suite A, Altoona, IA. 50009. To avoid late registration fees, your form and payment must be received by the deadline shown on the form. Contact Deb Baker at dabaker@iastate.edu with questions. 

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.  

Cash Rental Rates and Farmland Values
September 17, 2014

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

September 17, 2014

Annie's Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises. Because the number of women operating farms in the U.S. has increased sharply in the past 30 years, this series of workshops is a must for today's farm and ranch women. All it requires is your interest to learn and six Monday evenings. A light supper begins at 5:30 pm and the program begins at 6:00 pm. Register today for this 6 week course!

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.


Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Parents learn to be better parents, kids learn to resist peer pressure and together they learn to better communicate as a family through the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 from ISU Extension and Outreach. Watch the video.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

September 2, 2014 01:49 PM

Growers producing crops in high tunnels can attend a series of meetings across the state this fall hosted by Iowa State University...

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