County News

November 25, 2014

A new report points to strong economic impacts of local food in Iowa – more than $22 million in sales at the farm gate and at least 171 new jobs over the past two years – and explains how local food coordinators are contributing to this growth in their communities.

November 21, 2014

“What You Need to Know Before Making and Selling Prepared Foods” is a free workshop that will presented in Woodbury County by Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Compliance Officer James Romer, on Dec. 1, 2014. This workshop will address different license types, licensing requirements, governing regulations and further informational resources involved in food sales to consumers, retail and institutions in Iowa.

Words on Wellness
October 27, 2014

This month's topics include healthier snacks in schools, the health benefits of a short run, lunchbox food safety and a recipe for no knead whole wheat bread.

Join us for a night of great food and entertainment at Luciano's!
October 24, 2014

You are cordially invited to a dinner at Luciano's on November 10, with proceeds going to the new building that will help Woodbury County Extension and Outreach better serve the community.

October 24, 2014

Woodbury County Extension and Outreach will be holding a program overview meeting for the 2014 Farm Bill.

October 23, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshops in Sioux City in November.

October 16, 2014

Five spots on the Woodbury County Extension Council are up for election on November 4, and six candidates are running to fill those positions. We have a brief Q&A with each candidate to get to know them before you vote.

Go Go Cache It
October 15, 2014
Learn about 4-H and have fun geocaching at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on Sunday, Oct. 19! The FREE event begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 with cookies and hot cocoa.
October 6, 2014

Iowa State University Extension - Woodbury County offers several ServSafe® classes a year for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. The class will address food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality. Class size is limited and fills up well ahead of the class date so early registration is necessary. November and December 2014 classes are Wednesday, November 19 and Tuesday, December 9 (snow date December 10) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

July 10, 2014

Woodbury County 4-H’er Emily Dawn Widman, Sergeant Bluff, received a state 4-H citizenship project award. Widman, 18, is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Widman.

December 4, 2013

Local foods are making an economic impact in Iowa. In fact, sales of food produced in northwest Iowa added $312,441 to the local economy in 2012 as reported by eighteen farmers in the northwest region.

January 18, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists discuss the best time to prune common Iowa trees. Find answers to common yard and garden questions at the Yard and Garden FAQs website, http://expert.hort.iastate.edu/.

January 18, 2013

Many farmers appear to believe that farmland is overvalued and eventually the market bubble will burst, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

January 18, 2013

Iowans can beat the mid-winter blues with the Eco Family Virtual Conference. Families can save money on household expenses, spend quality time together and live green in 2013 by participating in the conference, said Kristi Cooper, conference organizer and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 18, 2013

Ag Decision Maker, one of the most visited Iowa State University Extension and Outreach websites, has a new look. The decision-oriented agricultural business website now showcases new and emerging issues within farm management.

January 18, 2013

Iowa State horticulturists who support Hortline (phone calls and emails) have assembled frequently asked questions on a Yard and Garden FAQs website at http://expert.hort.iastate.edu/.

January 4, 2013

Should parents spank their children? In January, family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs talk about spanking and other ways to discipline children in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 3, 2013

The Woodbury County 4-H Foundation has begun their annual fund drive. Donations will be used to offer educational incentives to graduating seniors, to provide financial assistance for youth participating in 4-H youth programs, and to provide funds when needed to start new 4-H clubs.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please download a brochure by clicking here or call (712) 276-2157 to request that a brochure be sent to you.

December 17, 2012

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,296 per acre, an increase of 23.7 percent from 2011, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. This is the third year in a row where values have increased more than 15 percent. The 2012 values are historical peaks.

Sad boy
December 17, 2012

It might be easy to assume that young ones are not impacted by tragic events in other parts of the country, but children have a keen sense of radar and pick up on adults’ body language, conversations, and news media stories. Malisa Rader, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their children.

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