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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.
Pesticide Information
Testing information can be found at Pesticide and Manure Applicators (Commercial and Private). Fall recertification classes will be posted soon. Please check back or contact Deb Baker at 515-957-5760. 
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

August 4, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Master Gardener Program are offering a series of summer webinars to the public to include information on Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree alternatives.

Fall Horticulture Conference
August 26, 2014

The 6th annual Fall Horticulture Conference will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  ISU Extension and Outreach - Polk County will host this six session conference to provide information for the home gardener.  Be sure not to miss nationally recognized gardening expert Melinda Myers as the keynote speaker.

Crop Marketing Strategies
August 20, 2014

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

Government Farm Programs
August 20, 2014

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

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.


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

August 18, 2014 03:32 PM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit...

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