County News

June 27, 2018

Greene County youth in grades 5through 8 got to learn skills and have fun too while participating in Greene County Extension’s summer STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) clubs in June. 

June 12, 2018

Jefferson, Iowa― Recent survey results released by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach found that 55% of Iowa’s farmland is rented, mostly by cash rent arrangement. The average 2018 cash rental rates have stabilized at $222 per tillable acre after a decline of nearly 19% from the 2013 peak.  However, determining a fair cash rental rate for 2019 could prove challenging as tenant operators face uncertainty of farm profitability, crop price outlook as well as potential farm bill provisions for next year’s crops.

April 25, 2018

The cool, wet weather conditions this spring mean some Iowa corn and soybean fields will be planted later than normal, making this is a good time to revisit multiple peril crop insurance coverage options.

April 10, 2018

Greg Brenneman – ISU Ag Engineering Specialist

It is important to keep stored grain as cool as we go into the spring and summer months.  Some warming of stored grain may have already occurred during warmer weather and with the sun shining on the south side of grain bins.

With the weather forecast for Friday through next Tuesday to have highs in the 30s and low 40s with lows in the 20s, this may be the last good time to completely aerate your stored grain before warmer spring weather arrives.

March 13, 2018

Food Summit Explores the Many Ways Volunteers Found Their Spark in Their Community

One-day conference on Tuesday, April 10th sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach-Buena Vista County, the Office of Civic Engagement Buena Vista University, and SALUD! Multicultural Health Coalition of Storm Lake will share information and support.

March 13, 2018

Registration is now open for ISU Seed Science Center Seed Conditioning Workshops.  Register Today! 

March 12, 2018

Alliant Energy, Iowa DNR and Greene County Extension are sponsoring The Operation ReLeaf Residential Tree Program in Jefferson. Operation ReLeaf is a partnership initiative to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is funded by Alliant Energy, and administered by the Greene County Conservation Board along with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry.

March 5, 2018

Join us Friday, March 23rd for “Securing Your Farm Property: Reducing Your Risk of Theft & Vandalism” from 9:30-11 am at the Extension Office in Jefferson.

March 5, 2018

Babysitting Basics, a course for Greene County youth in grades 5-8, will be held on Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th from 8:30am-Noon at the Greene County Extension office in Jefferson. 

March 5, 2018

collection of educational resources to help people on farms, orchards, forests, and other agricultural establishments comply with EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation is now available online at

December 18, 2017

. ISU Extension & Outreach – Greene County is offering the ServSafe® class for food service professionals. ServSafe®, food safety training for Foodservice Managers and Workers, provides knowledge every provider must know about food handling practices, food safety management systems and regulatory requirements. Click on the headline to read more!

December 15, 2017

On Friday, February 16 from 9:30-11:00 am, ISU Extension & Outreach Field Agronomist Mark Johnson will lead the discussion on Dicamba Issues, with the most up-to-date information on labels, pros and cons of using these new formulations, and address possible future challenges. To learn more, click on the headline.

December 14, 2017

The first Ag Coffee & Conversation of 2018 is Friday, January 12 from 9:30-11:00 am. Mark Johnson, ISU Extension & Outreach Field Agronomist, and Liz Garst, area farmer, will lead the discussion, covering topics such as how to start, different seeding methods and species, termination concerns and more. Click on the headline to read more!

December 11, 2017

Low and moderate income families are eligible for free tax preparation services in February, thanks to a volunteer service coordinated by Greene County Extension.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will be available select days in February & March at the Greene County Extension Office. For more information click on the headline.

December 5, 2017

Commercial Pesticide Applicator training is wrapping up for 2017. There are several scheduled re-shows on the calendar for December to provide last-minute training to applicators who were unable to attend this fall’s sessions. The final day for 2017 re-shows is Friday, December 22nd. For more information, please click on the headline.

December 5, 2017

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Greene County office at (515) 386-2138.

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November 27, 2017

Greene County Extension is seeking a summer assistant (12-week position) for 2018. Click on the headline for more information.

November 21, 2017

The ISU Insect Zoo is coming to Greene County! This fun, FREE activity for Kindergarten through 4th graders will be Wednesday, December 6 from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Extension office in Jefferson. Class size is limited to 30 and registration is required by December 1st. Click the headline to learn more.

November 21, 2017

As the holiday season quickly approaches, holiday stressors tend to sneak up as well. To make the season a little lighter, Greene County Extension is offering "Having a Stress-free Holiday." to learn more, click on the headline.

November 21, 2017

Greene County Extension will hold its Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th, at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson.  The training is for any private agricultural crop producers in the state of Iowa who apply restricted-use pesticide on property they own or rent.  Click the headline for more information.

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