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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Webster County

This web-site is designed to help you make informative decisions that affect your family, home, community, business, or farm.  You  can rely on ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information an education to help you make better decisions today and tomorrow.

 

 

 

Office Hours:

 Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
 

 

Finding Answers Now:  Unexpected events, such as natural disasters or economic downturns impact margins, but also have an impact far beyond the farm. There is a human side to the economic stress. As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.

 

ISU Hotline Numbers-

AnswerLine                                       1-800-262-3804

Iowa Concern                                    1-800-447-1985

Teen Line                                           1-800-443-8336

Healthy Families                               1-800-369-2229

Beginning Farmer Center               1-877-232-1999

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County News

January 5, 2017

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  One session will be held at the Webster County Extension office in Fort Dodge on Feb. 1 from 1:00-3:30 pm. with the Webster County Cattlemen providing snacks. The session will include information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.

January 5, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to the Fort Dodge Best Western Starlite Village on January 18 for the 2017 Crop Advantage Series to provide farmers, crop consultants and agribusinesses with current research from Iowa State University and updated management information and recommendations based on current and future crop production issues.

January 5, 2017

Sometimes cooking for one or two may seem like a lot of work and trouble.  If you feel this way, you are not alone.  One- and two-person households are the fastest growing segment of the population.  The US has more than 70 million one- and two-person households which is over 60% of the households in the US.  However, everyone wants to feel good and stay healthy to continue to live independently and enjoy life.

November 29, 2016

"Successfully transferring a farm business, or any business for that matter, begins with conversations about goals - the goals of all parties involved," said David Baker, Beginning Farmer Center Farm Transition Specialist.  Many families struggle with making succession plans.  This program is designed to help farm families navigate the often difficult conversations that surround succession planning.  It provides a neutral environment to assist with communication abut goals and dreams for the future and helps families put a plan in place that will allow their farm business to span generations.

November 29, 2016

You and your parents are invited to attend the Strengthening Families Program.  It's fun & free!  Evening meals are provided and free child care is provided for younger siblings.  Students receive $3 each week they attend.  This program has been successful over the past 14 years with more than 1000 families participating from the Fort Dodge area.

Mackenzie and Joel DeJong, and Joel's grandchildren

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Extension Is Family for DeJongs

Mackenzie DeJong followed her father, Joel, into the "family business" -- ISU Extension and Outreach. She's a human sciences program coordinator based in O’Brien County. They reflect on how extension work became part of their life.  

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

January 13, 2017 11:58 AM

Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield and actually increased soybean yields...

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