County News

August 13, 2020

When your livelihood is dependent on the weather, storms like this one hit a little different." - K. Benda, Tama County

  1.  Iowa Concern Line Post

 Food Safety Resources during Power Outages Post

July 30, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- Sometimes too much of a good thing can be stressful. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, couples and families may be facing a surplus of quality time. Adults may be forced to work from home or be on leave and children may not be able to attend school or go to childcare. So, what can couples do to manage all of this togetherness?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be providing a series of short virtual meetings over eight weeks with information and suggestions to help couples thrive in this new reality. The information presented will be based on ELEVATE, a relationship education curriculum developed by the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network.

Anthony Santiago, David Brown, Rosa Gonzalez, Brenda Schmitt, Joy Rouse, Barb Dunn-Swanson, Malisa Rader, Danielle Day, Dawn Dunnegan, Lori Hayungs, and Mary Tuttle – all human sciences specialists and staff with ISU Extension and Outreach –will be leading a series of short virtual meetings every Wednesday, beginning Aug. 19 through Oct. 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. During each of the eight Wednesdays, the specialists will review a different tool that couples can immediately use to improve their relationship during this challenging time. Each 30-minute training will be offered through Zoom.

July 28, 2020

Drought meetings to be offered in central and west-central Iowa

Much of western Iowa is currently under a moderate to severe drought. The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting a free drought meeting.

July 21, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- 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.

June 25, 2020

Protecting savings and assets becomes increasingly important as people age. Older adults can be attractive targets for fraudsters. Studies have suggested that older Americans lost at least $2.9 billion to financial exploitation in 2010 by a broad spectrum of perpetrators, including persons they know and trust, as well as strangers. Financial education practitioners can help to prevent, recognize, and report financial exploitation.

June 22, 2020

Educational event will showcase the many disciplines and career opportunities available in the field of animal science

June 19, 2020

Partnership with Iowa State University, Iowa Food Bank Association 

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 18, 2020) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced the Beef Up Iowa program to connect Iowa beef producers with food insecure Iowans. The program is a partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University and Iowa’s beef producers, and is an initiative of Gov. Reynolds’ Feeding Iowans Task Force led by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.

 

June 11, 2020

Jefferson– The Iowa State University Greene County Extension and Outreach office will host a meeting on Thursday, July 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with doors open at 9:00a.m. The location is at the Greene County Extension office located at 104 W. Washington St. in Jefferson. 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.

May 6, 2020

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has formed a Resource Coordination Center (RCC) to support Iowa livestock producers affected by the COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. COVID-19 outbreaks in the workforce are causing many meat processing facilities to run below normal operating capacity. That’s creating challenges for producers who are trying to convert livestock to food products.

May 6, 2020

“Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for adults age 60 and older. The program begins June 3rd, 2020 and runs through June 24th, in Jefferson.

April 30, 2020

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 27, 2020) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced a new “Pass the Pork” program to connect Iowa pig farmers with food insecure Iowans. The program is an initiative of Gov. Reynolds’ Feeding Iowans Task Force led by Lt. Gov. Gregg.  

April 27, 2020

As we learn more about this deadly virus, we question the impact it may have on our food supply.  I’ve listed just a few of the questions people may have and answers from the FDA: (https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions#food).

April 23, 2020

The Greene County Extension & Outreach is offering Mask Kits for community members to either keep for personal use or to donate. Greene County Extension’s Office Assistant, Cindy Adamson donated fabric and is preparing kits for anyone who would like them. We have two different patterns available and a list of where that specific pattern can be donated locally. “This is a way for Greene County Extension to show our support to our community during this difficult time,” said Kayla Willms, Greene County’s 4-H & Youth Coordinator.

April 22, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 20, 2020

On Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th, Greene County Extension delivered 670 4-H To Go STEM kits to Greene County and Paton-Churdan schools to be handed out with school lunches. “Each kit has directions and supplies for youth to complete an unplugged STEM activity,” said Kayla Willms, Greene County Youth & 4-H Coordinator.

March 26, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic sheep and meat goat weigh-ins are CANCELED.  Rabbit Tattooing will take place at a later date and Poultry Pullorum Testing is WAIVED for the 2020 Fair season. The May 15th livestock ID deadline is extended to June 1st. We will follow-up with more information in the next week and address what these changes will look like in Greene County. Please see below the email from Dr. Debbie Nistler, Iowa 4-H Program Leader. If you have questions, please call the Greene County Extension Office (515-386-2138) and leave a message or email Kayla Willms (khyett@iastate.edu) and she will do her best to answer your questions.

March 24, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund now accepting applications for grants
Deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at noon

March 16, 2020

All ISU Greene County Extension programs now through the end of March have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus.  “Keeping our constituents and staff well and safe is our top priority” stated Lori Mannel, Greene County Extension Director.

March 10, 2020

Babysitting Basics, a course for Greene County youth in grades 5-8, will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9:00am - 3:30pm at the Greene County Extension office in Jefferson. Cost is $40 for all registrations received by Friday, March 27, 2020 and class size is limited. If there is room, additional registrations will be accepted at a cost of $50.

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