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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Shelby County


Look to Shelby County Extension & Outreach and Iowa State University when you have decisions that affect your life.

               OFFICE HOURS:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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 November 24 & 25 

 December 23 & 26 


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Annie's Project:Women Managing Crops 

Monday November 7, 2016, Shelby County will be welcoming, Annie’s Project-Women Managing Crops.  This course is designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about the key agronomic decision for corn and soybeans production. Open to farm and ranch women in Shelby and surrounding counties. 

The program will begin Monday November 7, 2016 and continue for four consecutive Monday’s with the last program date being Monday November 28, 2016.  The program will be held at the Shelby County Extension and Outreach Office at 906 6th St. Harlan, IA 51537.  A light supper will be provided at 5:45 p.m. and the program is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is due by October 31st and participants can either register online with a credit card or at the Extension Office with a check.
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County News

October 5, 2016

 Providing care for aging parents, a spouse or loved one, or other family members can be a stressful responsibility and overwhelming experience. ISU Extension and Outreach offers “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” to help family caregivers find the support they need.

September 30, 2016

Geraniums are beautiful plants which add color and vibrant detail to any landscape. However, they are ill-equipped to survive harsh winter conditions. There is a solution: Geraniums can be taken indoors and overwintered, then replanted in the spring.

August 24, 2016

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.

August 18, 2016

Fall is a perfect time to prepare lawns for the upcoming year with seeding, aeration and fertilization.

August 18, 2016

Farmers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to seek out upcoming opportunities and new resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on corn and soybean diseases during the late growing season, including a crop disease clinic, disease guides and an opportunity to speak with experts at the 2016 Farm Progress Show.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

October 20, 2016 12:16 PM

The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn...

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