County News

July 10, 2014

The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are once again offering a free series of summer garden webinars. Trees are one of the most valuable components of home landscapes. Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have taken a toll on landscape trees, and because the Emerald Ash Borer is advancing across the state, the theme for the 2014 summer webinars is Totally Trees.

July 9, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for a Field Specialist I with a joint appointment within Human Sciences and Community & Economic Development that will focus on Extension engagement and education with Latino youth, families, businesses and communities.

May 23, 2014

Ash trees around Siouxland are dropping their leaves. The leaf drop is likely due to anthracnose.  Anthracnose is a common fungal disease of trees in Iowa. Woodbury County Extension office has received numerous calls this week from all over Siouxland about the problem.

April 9, 2014

Iowa State University Extension - Woodbury County is offering several ServSafe® classes for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. 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. The next class in Sioux City will beheld on Monday, September 15.  Class size is limited and fills up well ahead of the class date so early registration is necessary.

April 7, 2014

Financial security begins early in life and continues each time we choose to spend, save or invest our money.  Money management is a life time process.  Join other people of all ages who are interested in taking charge of their finances.  The Money Talk series will help you learn to take charge of your money. The three weekly sessions will be offered at ISU Extension - Woodbury County, 4301 Sergeant Rd. #209, Sioux City, beginning Thursday, September 11.

Winter forest
February 14, 2014

Winter can be tough on Iowa’s trees and shrubs. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about the effect this winter’s frigid temperatures will have on fruit tree and landscape plants.

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.

July 22, 2013

The burners are running on high as teams are announced for the 2013 Cook This! Culinary Challenge. Twenty-eight teams involving more than 80 youth from across the state will compete in this year’s challenge,

July 22, 2013

Thirty-six State 4-H Council members were inducted at the closing ceremonies of the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 27.

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.

November 15, 2012

Shrubs are integral components of home landscapes. During winter months they not only make eye-catching accent or specimen plants, but they provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss shrub varieties with winter appeal

November 15, 2012

Foodservice employees have many things to think about while on the job. To help them continue to put safe food knowledge into practice, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently launched a research and training development project called Do Your PART.

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