County News

income tax
January 6, 2015

Need tax help, but can't afford to pay for it?  Are you confused by the tax law changes and which exemptions, deductions and credits you can claim? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program can help you complete basic tax returns free of charge. Volunteer Tax Assistors have completed an IRS training and certification course. Federal and state returns are able to be filed electronically.

January 5, 2015

Washington County Extension & 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together Feb 9-12 to offer a 4 day mini-science camp called Shake Things Up – Designing Earthquake Resistant Structures.  This camp is open to any 4th- 5thgrade student who wants to experiment more with science, earthquake engineering, shake tables, and building codes.  Click here for registration form.

January 5, 2015

The Washington County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 4-H Leadership Development Program.  Participants must be members of the Washington County 4-H program and be in grades 9 - 11.  This course focuses on building leadership skills including communication, team building, problem solving and event planning.  Completion is a requirement to apply for county Council or ELITE Project Team in 2015-2016.  Click here for application.

Angus Bull
January 4, 2015

 The columns of information in semen and bull sale catalogs seem to get larger and more complex every season. Genetics and genomics can certainly add to confusion and overwhelm a producer considering A.I. or a buyer on sale day. A cooperative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Prairie State Select Sires and Agrarian Marketing Corporation will address this confusion at seven clinics scheduled across the predominant cow-calf sector of Iowa in February.  Click here for flyer.

January 4, 2015

4-H and FFA members involved in the poultry project are invited to attend a free poultry workshop on Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Washington County Extension Office.  Click here for flyer.  

Wendy Wintersteen
January 3, 2015

Plan to attend the 2015 Ag Outlook meeting at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort on Wednesday, March 11, from 10 am - 3 pm.  Speakers will discuss positioning for a volatile ag environment, acceping new ag technologies, and addressing the challenges and opportunities for Iowa agriculture.  Click here for brochure. 

MyPlate for Older Adults
January 1, 2015

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

woman working on computer
December 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.

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 available for purchase at the Washington County Extension Office.  This calendar shares the fun side of gardening.  Just a few remain in stock. 

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.

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.

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