County News

woman working on computer
November 11, 2014

Iowans can expand their financial knowledge and skills without leaving home with free online classes and webinars from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and eXtension. The only requirement is a computer with Internet access.

child care
November 11, 2014

The quest to find quality childcare can be a daunting task for parents.  “Finding quality childcare isn’t easy,” says Janet Smith, Family Life Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Quality in childcare settings is hard to measure and control.  But research shows that quality programs create positive environments where children can develop skills that help in early development.   

MyPlate for Older Adults
November 4, 2014

Check out the December NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors).  This is a nutrition newsletter targeted for older adults. December NEWS.  For more information contact Rachel Wall, Nutrition and Health Specialist, at

Amy Green
November 4, 2014

In 2013, a new statewide initiative was introduced in Iowa 4-H. The establishment of peer groups was added as a new resource to support new staff across the state. The peer groups are led by experienced staff from across the state. Washington County Extension 4-H/Youth Coordinator, Amy Green, was one of four chosen for this honor beginning in 2014.

Garden Calendar
November 3, 2014

The 2015 Annual Garden Calendar "Whimsy' is now available for purchase at the Washington County Extension Office.  This calendar shares the fun side of gardening.  Great idea for a Christmas gift. 

Healthy Homemade Calendar
November 2, 2014

Monthly recipes, nutrition tips and goal-setting reminders are featured in the 2015 Healthy and Homemade Nutrition Calendar from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The 2015 calendar is available for purchase from the Washington County Extension Office for $3 per calendar. 

pesticide training classes
October 15, 2014

Pesticide continuing instruction courses are underway for commercial and private pesticide applicators.  Please mark your calendars for the trainings that pertain to you or your employees.  Contact Washington County Extension for more information. 

October 14, 2014

Washington County Extension will reshow the Manure Applicator Programs on the first Friday of each month for those that were unable to attend a workshop. If you need to schedule a reshow at any other time, you will be charged a $10 fee per person.

October 10, 2014

More than 6 million young people across the country celebrated National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11 by sharing 4-H pride photos using #iam4H. This pride is worth celebrating.  Washington County 4-H is proud to celebrate their impacts.


Robert Emde
September 8, 2014

Robert Emde of Washington County was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. Eighty-two Iowa counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.

Growing Beef Newsletter
August 11, 2014

The August 2014 issue of the Growing Beef Newsletter from the Iowa Beef Center is available by clicking here.  In this issue:  Creep Feeding Economics in 2014, Plan Now for Winter Feed Needs.

credit report
July 21, 2014

Iowans should take a look at their credit report every year, says Susan Taylor, a family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  “Information in your history may be correct and that’s great, but there may be information that is not accurate,” Taylor said. “Check your credit report to make sure you really are ‘you.’”  Taylor learned the importance of this annual step from personal experience.

July 6, 2014

A national animal identification system is necessary to help protect American animal agriculture from disease threats. The ability to find potentially sick or exposed animals early in a disease outbreak is essential to controlling the outbreak quickly.

January 1, 2014

eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America.

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