County News

January 13, 2020

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a five-session webinar entitled “Eye on Employees,” beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5 from noon to 1:00 p.m. The webinars will address the main concerns that farm and, more specifically, dairy employers face. “Extension dairy specialists often get two types of questions concerning labor,” said Fred Hall, Northwest Iowa Dairy Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Number one, what is wrong with my hiring process? I can’t get people hired; and number 2, how do I close the ‘revolving door’ of employees coming and going?”

January 13, 2020

Pork producers, veterinarians and other allied industry partners are invited to attend “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System - Vent 101: Ventilation Basics” on Jan. 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Spencer Ag Center. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Swine Specialist Dave Stender and ISU Assistant Professor of Ag and Biosystems Engineering Brett Ramirez will lead the workshop which focuses on the basics of ventilation systems, effective temperature control and requirements and troubleshooting tools and techniques.

January 8, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host six “Emergency Planning Foreign Animal Disease Issues for Swine Producers” workshops in Northwest Iowa during January and February. The workshops are free to attend, and no preregistration is needed. Each workshop will focus on issues related to foreign animal diseases, specifically African Swine Fever (ASF), and help swine producers be proactive in case of or before an outbreak.

January 7, 2020

Amy Benge joined the staff at ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County on December 31, serving in the role of Office Assistant. Amy’s hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with some flexibility depending on programming needs. Amy was born and raised in Spirit Lake. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School, attended Wayne State College, and then lived in Nebraska for several years before returning to Spirit Lake in 2008, with her husband Mark, and their two children, Brenna, 15, and Keagan, 13.

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January 7, 2020

Check out the January 4-H Newsletter for upcoming events and information!

December 20, 2019

CHEROKEE, Iowa – Beef producers and commercial transporters still have an opportunity to get their BQA Transportation certification for 2020. The Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cherokee County are hosting a “wrap-up” BQA transportation training on Jan. 24 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County office in Cherokee. The training will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

November 1, 2019

The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation. The Crop Advantage meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. Extension specialists will provide updated management options, as well as recommendations on current and future crop production issues.

November 1, 2019

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a Farm Couple Getaway Feb. 21-22 at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji in Milford. The program is designed for farm couples who want to improve farm family communication, set goals for the family and farm, work through farm succession or just spend the weekend off the farm discussing and working on their farm family issues.

October 9, 2019

The Dickinson County Youth/Ag Program Coordinator provides leadership, delivery and management of the 4-H Youth Development program in Dickinson County. This position is also responsible for coordinating the delivery of agricultural programs to adults in Dickinson County. Application Available Here. Guaranteed Consideration Date: Dec. 10, 2019.

July 1, 2019
April 24, 2019

Through a series of research-based articles, Beef Specialist Beth Ellen Doran and partners strive to help Northwest Iowa and surrounding livestock producers to recover and renovate flooded pastures. Flood waters are receding, but the challenges in recovery for farmers and livestock producers are just beginning. That's why Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, said producers should get out in their fields as soon as possible....

March 1, 2019

Check out what is new for classes, honors and rules for the 2019 Dickinson County Fair! The Fair Book can also be accessed on Dickinson County's 4-H App. 

Remember, fair entries are due July 1. 

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.

May 21, 2018

An effort is underway in Spirit Lake to support 6th graders and their families with a lifetime of practical skills and in doing so, help prevent common problems. The PROSPER Partnerships for Student Success Project is supported by Spirit Lake Middle School, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dickinson County and Iowa State University’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute. The project offers a multi-pronged approach to help preteens learn life skills while also offering new tools and resources for parents that can benefit the whole family.

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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September 8, 2016

Get An Answer... with one of Iowa State University Hotlines. They provide quick reliable information related to home & family, teens, food preparation, horticulture, farming, finances, legal issues, or continuing education. This is the spot for answers!

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