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Emerald Ash Borer detected


ServSafe classes 

Small Farm Sustainability

Iowa Concern available 24/7 - confidential

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Cerro Gordo County

ISU Extension in Cerro Gordo County serves Iowans through five program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Communities, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.
ISU Extension in Cerro Gordo County serves as a resource to individuals and groups through publications, local workshops, and other programs.


Our office will be closed August 2-6, 2021.  Come see us at the North Iowa Fair. 


North Iowa Fair: August 2-8, 2021                       Iowa State Fair: August 12-22, 2021  


Program / Event Info:

     Eating Healthy with Michelle      Master Gardener Application                     


Quick Links: 

4-H and Youth     ServSafe     Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic     Iowa State University Hotlines     2020 Cerro Gordo County Stakeholder Report    



Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship      Pesticide Testing

Testing Information


IDALS Certification How To... Links 

Pre-Register in required 48 hours in advance

In Person Dates*:
There are NO in person dates for June, July or August.  In person will resume in September.

In Person Training Registration

*TWO options for SUMMER TESTING:  for June, July and August 2021 pesticide applicators have two options for testing:

1.       In-person at partner college test centers.  All test categories are available.

2.       Online private exam and some online commercial exams (Core, 1A, 3OT, 6, 7A and 11).

Testing at the ISU Extension offices will resume September – December 2021

County News

IRS Child Tax Credit
July 7, 2021

Child Tax Credit is changing in two ways

Crop Management Clinic
June 29, 2021

Registration is open for summer crop management clinic


Sustainable AG
June 22, 2021

Lessons Learned from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is the title of the June 23 webinar

Maple Tree
June 21, 2021

Common questions and answers about maple tree pests

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Growing Together Iowa

Growing Together Iowa combines extension expertise in horticulture, food safety, and nutrition education with Master Gardener volunteers to develop community donation gardens throughout the state. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Iowans.

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