County News

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.

March 10, 2020

Greene County Extension is hosting a series of Ag Coffee events, bringing farmer and other Ag Professionals together for an informal discussion on current Ag topics. Join us March 27th, 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00 am for coffee, donuts, and “Water Quality-Backyard, City, Farm” with Shawn Shouse, ISU Extension & Outreach Field Specialist. Practices like rain gardens, permeable paving, and bioreactors, applicable to homes, towns, and farms, will be discussed along with potential impacts and practical management advice.  The March meeting is sponsored by Peoples Trust and Savings Bank. No reservations are needed. For more information, call the Extension office at (515) 386-2138.

February 25, 2020

Greene County will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

February 25, 2020

Jefferson, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Greene County office will be offering another opportunity to attend the Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course, led by Extension Field Agronomist, Mike Witt. This session is scheduled for March 10th, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at the Greene County Extension Office.  No Registration Needed.

February 21, 2020

Wellbeing isn’t something to achieve and check off a bucket list. Instead, it’s an ongoing journey that varies with each person. Iowans can find their own way in a new program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Greene County.

February 21, 2020

Greene County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

February 14, 2020

“The high profit farms are just a little better at everything…including managing farm family living…”

Do you think you are really not spending that much to manage your household; but just don’t have a way to prove it?  Do you ever wonder if there’s a way to recognize how well you have been doing to keep family living costs in check?  Are you concerned that there’s one household expense that’s too sensitive a topic to discuss?

February 14, 2020

Learn What Foods Can Help You Stay Independent in New Program by ISU Extension

Jefferson, Iowa- Food insecurity reduces an older adult’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Nationally one in four older adults is not getting enough nutrition to improve their abilities.

February 14, 2020

Greene County will host a Seed Treatment Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators, Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

February 14, 2020

Every three years Greene County Extension organizes an adult professional development program that builds dynamic leaders. Greene Leadership 2020 focuses on maximizing individual strengths and skills that translate to enhanced professional development and increased community involvement. Beginning March 5th for four consecutive Thursday’s, this year’s workshops will cover a variety of topics.

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