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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.




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County News

March is Nutrition Month and an eating pattern that meets your nutrient needs within calorie limits is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life.  That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’ with informed choices.  This year’s theme encourages consumers to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.  For more helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, log into the Academy’s National Nutrition Month website at www.eatright.org


There will be a Webster County 4-H Rabbit Workshop on Saturday, February 28th, from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Webster County Fairgrounds, Fort Dodge .  Rabbit breeders, judges and experts will be giving presentations and will be available to talk to 4-Hers.  Wolfe Animal Supply will have carriers available for purchase along with other supplies. Rabbit Workshop Flyer.



The Webster County 4-H Horse Project will be having their Spring Tack Auction on Sunday, March 15th, at the Webster County Fairgrounds beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Bring your own tack to sell or donate to the Webster County 4-H Horse Project. There is a 10% commission fee on items sold.  Contact Mike Erritt at 515-570-6725 or Randy Kalahar at 515-571-4795 with questions.  2015 Webster Co. 4-H Horse Project Tack Auction Flier.


In support of Money Smart Week, the Iowa Bankers Association is sponsoring the annual Money Smart Kid Essay Contest in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  The winner will help promote financial literacy for Money Smart Week.  Students in grades 7-11 may enter the contest by answering the following essay question:  What is the biggest obstacle to saving your money?  What technological and/or banking solutions might help you and your friends begin to save?  The deadline to submit an essay is March 27, 2015 and a winner will be notified by April 10, 2015.  Click on Money Smart Kid Essay to download an application.  For any questions, contact Barb Wollan, Human Sciences Extension & Outreach Specialist, Family Finance at 515-832-9597 or bwollan@iastate.edu.

The Iowa Beef Center will be offering several workshops around the state focusing on choices in feedlot facilities.  The workshops will overview the types of facilities, advantages, disadvantages, and review the research that has been conducted.  Using several scenarios workshop participants will work on making choices for an operation including financing decisions, measuring cost benefit, production and environmental risk management.  Tools and decision aids to help producers analyze the choices of facility type and cost will be used and available to participants.  Workshops unless noted will run from 9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Producers can reserve their spot and meal for $20 by contacting the following:   02/26/15:  Hansen Ag Studen Learning Center, 2516 Mortensen Rd., Ames.  Contact:  Russ Euken, 641-923-2856 or reuken@iastate.edu03/25/15:  Carroll Co. Extension Office, Carroll.  Contact:  Julie Grell, 712-792-2364.

There has been a lot of progress in beef cattle genetics and genetic tools in the last few years.  Cow calf producers have an opportunity to learn how they can make genetic improvements in their herd at meeting scheduled for March 5th in Iowa Falls at the Ellsworth College Agriculture and Renewable Energy Center. Meeting will start at 9:45 am and end at 2:30 pm.  There is no fee to attend but  pre-registration is needed to reserve a meal.  Contact Hardin County Extension in Iowa Falls 641-648-4850 to register for the March 5th meeting.



The 37th Annual Garden Seminar will be held Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the BioScience Building, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.  There will be two programs:  "Bees as Pollinators" by Eve Vanden Broek, Back-toBasics Beekieeping Club and "The Benefits of Organic Gardening" by Joe McNally, Iowa Arboretum Horticulture Project Manager.  Admission is free.



If reducing debt is one of your goals, PowerPay© is a free tool that can help you make that happen.  ”PowerPay© is an on-line debt repayment calculator," found at https://powerpay.org, according to Barb Wollan of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  "When you enter information about your current debts, the program will show you how you can get them paid off as quickly and inexpensively as possible."


Required Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops Offered in April. Interested in hunting and selling morel mushrooms in Iowa? If so, plan to take this three-hour class in April from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and be certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state.


The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a FREE program available to families in Webster County to help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families.  Family Nutrition Program (FNP) staff work with pregnant teens, families with young children and youth. Program staff meet with participants one-on-one and in small groups. Lessons are selected depending on the needs and wants of the participants. The lessons include activities, worksheets, games, and cooking. You can request more information here, or contact Carolyn Maschino at 515-576--2119 or maschino@iastate.edu


Did you know that there are estimated 76 million food borne illnesses each year and 225 to 300 million cases of acute gastroenteritis? That figures out to be once a year for each of us. Research shows that training employees in safe food handling practice.  ServSafe is arguably the most recognized and renowned certification a food service manager can acquire to verify a complete knowledge of food safety practices.  Click on ServSafe Brochure to download the registration form, or submit your registration online.


State 4-H Photography Camp will be held June 15th - 17th at the Iowa 4-H Center in Madrid, for kids in the 7th - 12th grades.  Campers will receive hands-on experience with:  basic camera settings, portraits, close-ups, landscapes, special effects, composition, computer photo enhancement and much more.  The cost of the camp is $180 if registered by May 1st, after May 1st registration goes up to $200.  For more information please e-mail:  iowa_4h_photocamp@yahoo.com or download the brochure.







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