County News

July 14, 2020

Check out what is new for classes, honors and rules for the 2020 Dickinson County Fair. Remember, fair entries are due June 17, 2020. 

October 15, 2020

The I-29 Moo University webinar series continues with a presentation by University of Minnesota Extension Ag Business Management Specialist Megan Roberts on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The webinar will be live from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and there is no registration needed. Roberts’ presentation will dive into what we do and don't know about this new crop of government programs as we approach the end of 2020, including PPP forgiveness application changes, tax considerations, and the upcoming Dec. 11 CFAP 2 deadline.

September 24, 2020

Drops in income, increased unemployment, unexpected disasters and overall economic instability in 2020 have resulted in financial uncertainty for many Iowa families. “Families are searching for resources and guidance to relieve stress and be more financially stable,” says Phyllis Zalenski, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Professionals and community members who help support financially stressed adults are in demand now more than ever.”

September 21, 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.

September 16, 2020

This fall and winter, cattle producers in NW Iowa will be dealing primarily with drought-stressed feedstuffs, which present their own set of challenges.

Water– streams are running very slow, if at all, and ponds are stagnant.  Both are ideal conditions for the development of blue-green algae.  This algae produces toxins affecting the nervous system and liver and can be deadly if consumed. Clean water is a MUST for cattle.  A word of caution – make sure the tank used to haul water does not have pesticide residue in it.   

September 9, 2020

Food preservation remains a popular nutrition and wellness topic particularly as the current pandemic has increased the number of Iowans who are growing their own food. Two online workshops aim to educate Iowans about the preservation of tomatoes and apples this October. 

August 17, 2020

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to anxiety in the agriculture industry. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) programs, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

August 6, 2020

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

May 19, 2020

Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Dairy News & Views from Iowa State University” began recording in April, featuring timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and dairy production in general. The podcasts are recorded every two weeks, and feature commentary by ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Jennifer Bentley and Fred Hall, in conversation with other Iowa State dairy industry experts.

March 16, 2020

Youth K-3 Virtual Lessons & Activities

October 9, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers several ServSafe® classes each year for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. The class will address food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

October 1, 2016

We encourage 4-H families to use these online links to enroll in 4-H, add or drop project areas, change contact information, verify livestock identification information and more. Come see how quick and easy it is to be in 4H!

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