County News

May 28, 2020

Whether you’re a long-time beekeeper or just getting started, entomologist Randall Cass and other specialists share what you need to know in this 11 video series from ISU Extension and Outreach.

May 20, 2020

Despite another difficult year in agriculture, cash rents still posted an increase of about 1.4%, according to this year’s Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2020 Survey, released earlier this month.

May 20, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or has a disability. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver.

May 20, 2020

Once indoor-grown seedlings have an extensive root ball (roots fill the entire cell when pulled from the flat) and all chances of frost have passed, it’s time to transplant the vegetables into your garden.

May 14, 2020

Now in its second year of multi-institutional collaborative work with university faculty and staff, swine producers and allied industry partners, the Improving Pig Survivability Project continues to involve pork producers, allied industry representatives and university faculty and staff in a variety of research studies and programs.

May 14, 2020

Once vegetable seedlings have been produced, or after they’ve been transplanted into your garden or onto your farm, there may be issues with insect pests or diseases. In this “Gardening while Isolated” edition, specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer advice on managing pests.

May 14, 2020

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of asparagus. In this week’s edition of the “Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep” series, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists explain the many benefits of growing asparagus.

May 14, 2020

News of the Asian Giant Hornet’s arrival in Washington state has spread a lot farther than the actual invasive insect, and there is no evidence it has arrived in Iowa or will ever be here, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists.

May 12, 2020

The health and safety of our staff, students, participants, volunteers and communities is our highest priority. On May 18, our staff will be working in the office, but will be closed to the public.  We want to continue helping and serving you as best as we can. 

Please reach us by email or call the office at 712-732-5056:
- Stacie Hewett (Office/Program Coordinator): shewett@iastate.edu
- Nichol Kleespies (4-H Youth Educator): kleespie@iastate.edu
- Kris Kohl (Ag Engineer): kkohl1@iastate.edu
- Carol Ehlers (Family Finance Specialist): xehlers@iastate.edu
- Mandi De La Cruz (Buy.Eat.Live Healthy Program Asst.): mandid@iastate.edu
May 12, 2020

Iowa 4-H Youth Development has launched Gardening to Give — a hands-on educational gardening program designed for all ages and abilities.

May 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the idea of planning, preparing, eating and cleaning up after three meals every day may seem overwhelming. But eating three meals a day is key in helping reduce nutritional risk.

May 12, 2020

Local and regional food systems that are looking for technical support during the COVID-19 pandemic should consider the resources being provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 8, 2020

Friendship with each other serves as a strong foundation that will help couples weather any storm. That is the premise of Attach, the fifth in a series of seven virtual meetings to help couples elevate their relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 6, 2020

Gardening in containers is a great option for individuals living in apartments and homeowners who don’t have a suitable site for a traditional garden, according to horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 6, 2020

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m.

May 6, 2020

Amid the stressful headlines about COVID-19, organic beef producers, like the Rosmanns of Harlan, Iowa, are seeing a surge in organic meat sales, among other organic purchases.

April 27, 2020

Not going through the bread as quickly as expected? Were 10 pounds of chicken breasts a bit too much for your family of three? As Iowans adjust to social distancing, they also are adjusting to the amount of food their family needs in a week.

April 27, 2020

Over the last couple weeks, several pork processing plants have either been shut down or have reduced processing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. While the processing plants are focusing on getting themselves running again, pork producers are faced with near-term critical problems needing attention now. 

April 27, 2020

The Iowa League of Cities and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development have developed a pandemic checklist to help local governments through the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery.

April 24, 2020

Strong and lasting relationships are built upon the knowledge that couples have about their partner and themselves. Couples must make a constant effort to update each other on daily happenings, circumstances, and wants and needs. 

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