County News

Child Care Training
January 8, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences has announced the upcoming Child Care Provider Trainings for early 2018 for Southwest Iowa.  If you are needing training hours be sure to check out the listings as there are several around the area.  

Crop Advantage Series
January 4, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the Crop Advantage Series at 14 locations across Iowa during January.  Each year the Crop Advantage Series provides the latest research information on crop production.  Registration is now open!  visit for more information on locations in our area.

December 21, 2017

We are excited to announce the Clarke County Clover Kids Program will be offered again this year.  4-H Clover Kids is a youth program for grades K-3 that focuses on a wide variety of life skills including; healthy living, the environment, citizenship, plants and animals, science and expressive arts.  The Clarke County Clover Kids will meet on the 3rd Tuesday at the Clarke County Fairgrounds beginning on January 16th.  Besure to get signed up today!

December 15, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Union County has announced they will be hosting the Three-State Beef Conference on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Southwestern Community College in Creston.  Preregistration is due by Friday, January 12th to the Union County Extension Office.  For more information contact Kysa Downing at (641) 782-8426 or email at

AmeriCorps Logo
December 14, 2017

The Clarke County Extension office is currently accepting application for the Summer AmeriCorps Youth Program Assistant positions.  This is a great summer opportunity for graduating high school seniors and college students.    

Market Beef
November 15, 2017

The Clarke County Fair Board has released the 2018 County Fair Market Beef Section!  Please review it very carefully as several items have changed!

Retirement Series
November 14, 2017

Clarke County Extension will be hosting the Log On & Learn Retirement Series in January!  This series will help you to better understand financial management while discovering best practices for making plans for the future. The cost is only $5 for the entire series!  So plan to make this small investment in your retirement and bring your lunch.  Sessions will be held from Noon - 1:00 pm each Wednesday in January at the Clarke County Extension Office.  Preregistration is requested.  If you have any questions please give us a call at (641) 342-3316.  

Private Pesticide Applicator Training
November 13, 2017

Mark your calendars if you are needing to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification.  There are several training locations available for our area.  Be sure to check with the county where you plan to attend to verify the start time.  Iowa law does not allow admittance to the training if you are late.    

Holiday Stress
November 10, 2017

As the holiday season quickly approaches, holiday stressors tend to sneak up as well.  These additional commitments for tiem and money can zap the happy from the holidays, says Kim Brantner, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  

September 1, 2017

It is hard to believe that it is time to get enrolled in Clarke County 4-H already.  Adventures await for all Clarke County Youth.  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade have a great Clover Kids program available while those grades 4th - 12th have traditional and specialized clubs available.  Members explore a wide variety of life skills including healthy living, the environment, citizenship, plants and animals, science and technology, and expressive arts through hands-on activities in a non-competitive environment.  

November 28, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa – Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills all ash species, has been positively identified in the city of Osceola in Clarke County. Since the first Iowa detection in 2010, EAB has now been confirmed in 39 counties. A native to Asia, EAB is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

August 27, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family. Today’s recipes have been scientifically tested to ensure a safe product. So before trying any of those old family canning recipes, call AnswerLine, the home and family hotline at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  AnswerLine, 800-262-3804 in Iowa, is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. AnswerLine also has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as a twice-weekly blog at Barb Fuller can be reached at 641 202 1843 or

August 18, 2015

Preserving food by canning in the oven has been a hot topic this summer.  It seems everyone is looking for a shortcut to preserve food at home.  Oven canning is NOT a safe shortcut, Barb Fuller, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and a Master Food Safety Advisor for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says, "Many individuals have shared they have tried, or have heard about, oven canning.  Just because a jar is sealed doesn't mean the food inside is saft to eat.  I've had people say to me - 'I haven't gotten sick from it.' I tell them they are probably very lucky!  Botulism is a big concern."

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