County News

December 9, 2014

A little advanced planning goes a long way towards adding cheer instead of stress to the holidays, according to two human sciences specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Every day we answer the ‘what’s for dinner’ question – and during the holidays, with extra guests and more complicated menus, serving up the answer can be very stressful. But it doesn’t need to be,” said Nancy Clark, human sciences specialist in nutrition and health.

December 9, 2014

The premier Iowa educational event for cow-calf producers is offering attendees a comprehensive information package next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference, set for Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.

December 5, 2014

A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 announcing the results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. This year, the conference will take place in Room 004 of the Scheman building on the ISU campus in Ames.

December 5, 2014

The Useful to Usable (U2U) climate initiative recently launched a new online decision support tool, Corn Split N, that helps farmers and farm advisors manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage.

December 5, 2014

In 2014 ISU Extension and Outreach asked both potential constituents and long-time partners how to best serve the needs of Iowans. And then we listened.

December 5, 2014

The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. It is likely that at least one of the colorful plants can be found in nearly every household and business during the December holiday season. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to select and care for poinsettias for a perfect holiday display. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

December 5, 2014

 Farmers interested in expanding their distribution to local markets will benefit from a one-day training in January. The Iowa MarketReady program provides best business practices that have been identified by buyers actively seeking to purchase goods from local suppliers.

December 5, 2014

People who make decisions about school meal programs need to understand the changing school environment, specifically school meal requirements and goals, nutrition education and children’s needs for physical activity. They’ll find that information in a newly revised publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 5, 2014

The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), formerly known as the Pest Management and the Environment Program (PME) at Iowa State University, recently updated its moniker. The name change reflects the program’s emphasis on pesticide safety education to various audiences in Iowa, including certified commercial, public, and private applicators as well as pesticide safety awareness for the general public.

November 21, 2014

Challenging weather conditions are causing some tough manure management decisions. When injection/incorporation is not an option, surface application should be considered. However, surface application can result in additional nitrogen loss so application rate adjustments may be appropriate. Surface application on frozen or snow-covered ground pose additional runoff risks.

November 20, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January.

November 20, 2014

Holiday flowers are great additions to seasonal decorating  -  if they bloom. With special care, holiday flowers can become perennial and beautiful for years to come.

November 18, 2014

Paul R. Gibbins of Ankeny will become the regional manager for the North Central STEM Hub at Iowa State University beginning Dec. 1. As regional manager, Gibbins will give leadership to increasing opportunities for student achievement in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and creating a stronger network of public-private partnerships for STEM workforce development as part of the Governor’s STEM initiative.

November 18, 2014

Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and operators reviewing options under the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill.

November 18, 2014

The challenging weather conditions of the past summer have led to slower crop development, sluggish harvest, and delayed manure application this fall. Approximately 90 percent of soybean and 60 percent of corn have been harvested with higher percentages still standing in some localized regions of Iowa. With freezing temperatures occurring, it is essential to consider the impact weather has on manure management on the farm.
 

November 17, 2014

Trees and shrubs are not as active in winter, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored through the cold season. Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to protect trees and shrubs against rabbits this winter. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

November 17, 2014

First-generation Latino immigrant children in Iowa are at great risk for obesity.

That’s according to a new policy brief published by Kim Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

November 12, 2014

This year's calendar captures the sense of playfulness found in many gardens. Take a whimsical journey through the seasons in photography, verse, and quippy garden quotes.  Makes a great gift and a handy garden journal too!

November 11, 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. English and Spanish versions of the 2015 calendar are available for purchase from the Extension Online Store. The price is $3 per calendar. 

November 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.

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