County News

May 24, 2017

Are you an avid gardener or a local foods fan? Do you and your family enjoy learning about where your food comes from and/or how to eat healthy? If so, please consider joining us for any and/or all of our upcoming Summer 2017 Garden to Table events taking place throughout Lyon, Sioux, Osceola and O'Brien Counties. From kids to adults, we've got something for the whole family!

May 22, 2017

Crop Scouting Basics for Women is a multi-session workshop being offered to women who are interested in learning about crop scouting basics. This series of workshops will be held on June 8, 22, and July 6 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Northwest ResearchFarm located at 6320 500th St., Sutherland, IA 51058.  The focus will be on crop development and staging to find what is ‘normal’ in order to help identify what is ‘not normal’. 

June 20, 2017

It is not a question of “if” we will have days in Northwest Iowa that cause heat stress in milking herds, but rather, how many days we will have. Heat stress decreases feed intake and milk production, decreases milk components including fat, lowers breeding efficiency and compromises the immune system plus the heat and humidity is a near perfect environment for mastitis pathogens to thrive. 

June 5, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach O’Brien County and Sioux County recently graduated 15 local women from Annie’s Project, an agricultural business course offered by ISU that focuses on empowering women in agriculture. The six-session series provided training and resources in five key management areas: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. The course enables women to learn from other women who are experts in their field, whether that be crop insurance, livestock marketing or something else.

May 11, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Osceola County recently announced that a free Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital every Tuesday night, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers - family members, hospital staff, nursing home staff, volunteers and anyone else - with the tools they need to take care of themselves.

May 3, 2017

The Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency (AEA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will provide Iowa educator credit to teach the High School Financial Planning Program in a summer 2017 Storm Lake course: “Financial Literacy for 21st Century Skills.” The High School Financial Planning Program is a vetted curriculum from the National Endowment for Financial Education. Carol Ehlers, human sciences specialist in family finance with ISU Extension and Outreach, will teach the course. It will cover the curriculum’s six modules that address student hands-on learning in money management, borrowing, earning power, investing, financial services and insurance. 

May 2, 2017

While horn flies and face flies are most commonly found on cattle in pastures, stable flies and house flies are more commonly found on cattle at the dairy. House flies are a nuisance for workers and cattle, often indicating a general sanitation problem. Stable flies, deer flies and horse flies, feed on blood from the back and legs, with stable flies having a long, bayonet-like proboscis that causes a painful sting.

April 26, 2017

Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value (RFV), for the first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Climatic variations impact alfalfa growth and development making it impossible to use a calendar date each spring to best determine when to harvest the first crop. The PEAQ method uses alfalfa stand height and maturity stage to estimate the RFV. It is most appropriate for good stands of pure alfalfa with healthy growth.

April 25, 2017

Over the last five years, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has made a significant push to reach Latino youth and families across Iowa through Juntos Para Una Mejor Education (Together For a Better Education). The program engages Latino high school and middle-school aged youth and their parents in learning together about ways to succeed in school and set goals for completing high school and pursuing post-secondary education. In Orange City, the Juntos program has been especially successful. Three community partners - Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Sioux County, the Maurice Orange City-Floyd Valley (MOC-FV) School District and Northwestern College - have worked collaboratively to make the program a success since they first learned about it when attending a facilitator training in 2015. 

March 21, 2017

The first Senate Farm Bill Reauthorization Hearing webinar was hosted at the Sioux County Extension office in late February. Those attending heard testimony and questions from a wide range of producers and industry representatives. A consistent theme heard from the presenters was supporting the continuation of crop insurance, conservation programs (especially EQIP) and a need for more transparency in price determination for the red meat industry. Lynda Foster from Foster Dairy in Fort Scott Kansas voiced her concerns for the upcoming farm bill discussion focusing on three dairy issues.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

September 22, 2016

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach visited the families to inform them of a special connection they have to Iowa's land grant university, and introduce them to the project.

PPAT
September 1, 2016

Attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20. You need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. See full details here.

May 2, 2016

Oven canning is NOT a safe shortcut. Katie Knobbe, nutrition and health specialist and a master food safety advisor for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says, “Many individuals have shared they have tried, or have heard about, oven canning. Just because a jar is sealed doesn’t mean the food inside is safe to eat.  Check out the great publications or plan to attend the Salsa Making workshop on August 24 in Orange City.

March 1, 2016

Need help with meal planning? Kids stressing you out? Looking for some financial guidance? 

The Human Sciences department from ISU Extension and Outreach wants to help! There are seven active blogs in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach featuring these and other topics. 

February 23, 2016

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support these changes can come more easily. 'Words on Wellness,' a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years. 

February 11, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, but didn’t want to wait until the next program is offered?

A part of what we do in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach addresses just that – with a personal touch to reach each and every one of you! If you are “plugged in” to the online world, you can check out any of the SEVEN blogs, NINE Facebook pages,  SEVEN Twitter accounts, FOUR Pinterest pages, and ONE Youtube page that all feature different aspects of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in our region.

Check out this PDF with hot links for access directly to any or all of our social media pages in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach!

November 8, 2004

Governor's proclamation recognizes Extension's celebration of 100 years of service to Iowa.

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