County News

January 9, 2015

A team of accountants, clergy, retired professionals and students throughout Iowa volunteer to prepare tax returns for low-income clients through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists help train these volunteers.

December 19, 2014

Live, fresh-cut Christmas trees can add life and vibrancy to any home at this time of year. But they do come with some issues which should be addressed for maximum enjoyment and safety.

December 19, 2014

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

December 5, 2014

The Pest Management and the Environment Program (PME) at Iowa State University, recently changed its name to Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

December 5, 2014

The Useful to Usable (U2U) climate initiative recently launched a new online decision support tool, Corn Split N, that helps farmers and farm advisors manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage.

December 5, 2014

In 2014 ISU Extension and Outreach asked both potential constituents and long-time partners how to best serve the needs of Iowans. And then we listened.

November 18, 2014

Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and operators reviewing options under the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill. Farmland owners and operators must make decisions on base acre and yield updates along with choosing an Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage commodity program.

October 17, 2014

Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator. Contact Iowa Concern Hotline to talk or chat online with stress counselors, seek out legal education and other appropriate resources.

October 9, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at informational meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members. Meetings will be held across the state to explain options available under the new Farm Bill.

October 1, 2014

Parents naturally are concerned for their children’s safety, particularly when there is news of attempted child abductions that happen close to home. Finding the balance between emotions and the “teachable moment” as parents talk to their children is important, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

August 20, 2014

Considering the high cost of health insurance, farm families should become familiar with changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in family finance discuss the implications for farm families in the August issue of Ag Decision Maker.

August 15, 2014

Now is prime time to establish a lawn from seed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on selecting seed and planting a new lawn, as well as overseeding an existing lawn.

August 8, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Getting ready for school in the fall used to mean buying new clothes, some basic school supplies and maybe a new backpack.

August 8, 2014

Trees can become afflicted with problems that can change their appearance and overall health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on fighting these issues. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 4, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Juggling work schedules, kids’ commitments and the family budget may make some parents wonder if a family vacation is worth the effort. But before giving up, consider this: the kids might learn something from the experience. During June, family life specialists examine this proposition in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 30, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures. Iowa State University horticulturists provide guidance on weed control methods. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline, the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline, at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

May 30, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Creating a beautiful, functional landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss considerations when selecting trees and shrubs for shaded, wet and dry areas of the lawn and garden. For more information about plant selection contact ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or email hortline@iastate.edu.

April 30, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation seem to have little effect on yield, according to a five-year study conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Ten Iowa farmers have devoted part of their acres to conduct the study.

April 25, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999, according to William Edwards, retired extension economist who directs the survey.

April 3, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have this summer at 4-H camps offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H program. Regional and county-led camps held locally and a variety of camps at the 4-H Center near Madrid will give campers a chance to have fun, make friends and learn.

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