County News

Iowa 4-H Fighting Hunger
October 28, 2020

Iowans are invited to join the State 4-H Council in a community effort to donate nonperishable food items throughout the month of November. Food items will then be donated to local food pantries, churches, etc., in their respective counties following the end of the month.

Rethinking your Retirement
October 28, 2020

Your thoughts on retirement may be among the many things in flux due to COVID-19. Some employers are offering early retirement incentives. Many Iowans are considering early retirement due to job challenges, health concerns, or other reasons. On top of that, temporary policy changes have made it easier for people to withdraw from their retirement accounts during 2020. You may have questions as you sort through your options.

October 28, 2020

Iowa State University and Outreach Crawford County office will host an Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, November 4, 2020. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

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October 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crawford County office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

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October 8, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for an adult with a chronic health condition. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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October 7, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Crawford County will be hosting a ServSafe® food safety certification class in Denison on Tuesday, November 17. Ann Parker, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and registered dietitian, will be teaching the class. Parker is an experienced ServSafe® instructor and exam proctor.

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September 15, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer several online trainings for child care providers this fall. Each training will be offered at two different times and taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists.

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September 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout fall 2020. Due to the increased stressors produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, drought conditions and the derecho, this virtual program will be offered to provide adults with tools they can use to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.

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September 11, 2020

In an effort to hold Clover Kids while also following guidance for social distancing, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth staff have created take-home kits with optional virtual components, which will replace our in-person Clover Kids program for 2020-2021. Take home kits enable youth to participate in the Clover Kids activities from home with the option to connect virtually with other youth, guided by their Clover Kids leader. Inside of each Clover Kids kit, you will find supplies for the activities along with directions and information related to connecting with your Clover Kids leader virtually.

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September 10, 2020

All of west central Iowa is currently under a moderate to extreme drought. The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To compound this situation the Derecho weather event has caused significant damage to crops and infrastructure across the area. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting a Virtual Ag Coffee Meeting on September 9 at 9 am. This event will be a live webinar presentation and have 11, in person, viewing locations across West Central Iowa.

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September 4, 2020

“What About Me? My Wellbeing” is a FREE four-week virtual educational series beginning online Thursday, Sept. 10.  You can take this introductory, research-based program to learn about taking time for yourself, and your relationships, finances and physical health. Each workshop is 45 minutes and begins at 6:30 pm. The remaining workshops are set for Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24 and Oct. 1. Each session will feature a different wellbeing coach who is an expert in his or her field.

 

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August 26, 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. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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August 26, 2020

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

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August 12, 2020

When steel grain bins sustain wind damage, careful inspection is needed to evaluate repair or replacement options. Condition of all components, including the bin roof, walls, and foundation, along with any associated grain handling equipment and structures must be evaluated. Consult with design experts before making decisions and consider whether modifications to the grain handling system are warranted as part of the rebuilding.

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August 7, 2020

Crawford County will offer a “Last Chance” Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for private pesticide applicators on August 24 at 1:00 pm,  at the Crawford County Extension office in Denison, Iowa. This program, produced by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), will fulfill 2020 recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators.

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August 3, 2020

The Iowa State University Crawford County Extension and Outreach office will host a meeting on Tuesday, August 17th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with doors open at 5:00 p.m. The location is at the Crawford County Extension office located at 35 South Main Street, Denison.  The meeting will last approximately 2 ½ hours and will be facilitated by Tim Christensen, farm and agriculture business management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

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July 10, 2020

It appears obvious that some parts of NW and WC Iowa are short of moisture, and crops have been showing stress. The most recent drought monitor map shows the riskier areas. How does moisture stress effect yield?

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June 22, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August. The annual meetings address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

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