County News

March 19, 2021

Many Iowa farmers continue to hire at least some of their fieldwork and livestock work to be done by others, and new data from a popular survey provides ranges and averages of what is being paid.

March 18, 2021

The Master Conservationist Program is an intensive blended online and in-person curriculum developed to equip Iowans interested in natural resource conservation with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about natural resources and to become local leaders and educators. Master Conservationists are individuals that share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa's natural resources and in becoming better stewards of those resources.

March 2, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering Farm Couple Getaways for couples wanting to take advantage of activities to improve farm family communication, work on farm and family goal setting or farm transitioning, or who just want a weekend away to discuss farm family life and issues. 

March 2, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two online workshops for those interested in becoming certified or recertified to sell morel and oyster mushrooms in Iowa.

February 11, 2021

Amanda Wagg joins the Des Moines County Extension Council as newly elected member beginnig January 2021. Read on for more information about her and her role. 

February 3, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout spring 2021. Participants will learn a five-step action plan will be taught to guide participants through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

January 26, 2021

ISU Extension and Outreach and Farm Foundation are cooperating on Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance to bring free wellness resources to farm families during these continuing tough times.. Pre-paid, ongoing wellness coaching and counseling services are now available to all Iowa farm families. Families can get confidential support for a variety of life events via phone, text, live chat, video or app. 

January 26, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.” The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads. The next session will feature winter ventilation strategies for dairy and beef cattle facilities, and is scheduled for Feb. 1.

January 14, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the private pesticide applicator Continuing Instruction Course program is offering additional live virtual courses. For these courses you will connect from your home or another place with a good internet connection. Contact a participating county office to preregister. Applicators have until April 15, 2021, to attend a P-CIC program. 

January 11, 2021

Orchids are a popular and colorful addition to any home setting. In this installment of Yard and Garden from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Aaron Steil, associate director of Reiman Gardens, answers some common questions about how to care for and grow orchids at home for all to enjoy.

November 13, 2020

2020-2021 Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses are offered in person at the Des Moines County Extension Office. Space is limited to accomodate social distancing. Pre-registration is required. Scan the Code in the photo or call 319-671-7165 to reserve your spot today!

October 12, 2020

Kelly Waters has accepted the Marketing Program Coordinator position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She will serve Des Moines and Henry counties in Region 27. 

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July 30, 2020

Is your plant or tree not looking good? Are the leaves dropping, wilted, or have holes in them?  Do you have an insect and want to know what kind it is to control it? We have a form that you can fill out and send to Iowa State University to get help. Visit the website for more information:

June 25, 2020

Soil and plant sample questions? We have lots of great resources!  Here's a link to help you get the best soil sample to send in.

June 26, 2019

If you are under stress and need help, we have a hotline that is willing to listen and help!

March 20, 2015

If  you are a commercial pesticide applicator and would like to be notified about upcoming trainings, sign up here.

September 29, 2014

Facebook users are invited to stay up-to-date with Des Moines County Extension by joining us on Facebook. We keep the link right here -- or search for Iowa State University Extension, Des Moines County

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