Humboldt County

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Humboldt County Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve quality of life in Iowa. We have the resources to help with your business, family, farm, or community.


Private Pesticide Applicator Training Registration:

Due to COVID-19, additional Private Pesticide Applicator Training sessions are being offered.  
We will be offering the training with a two hour video that will be shown at our office for class sizes up to 15 people. 
Pre-registration is required, walk-ins will not be allowed due to the smaller class sizes.  Masks will also be required.
Due to COVID-19, we will no longer be able to offer coffee, etc. but you are welcome to bring your own pop, water, or coffee.

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021  9am-11am
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021  9am-11am
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021  9am-11am

To register:
At this time we are also planning for a session at Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt for February 9, 1:30pm-3:30pm.  There is a chance this could change depending on the pandemic, so please watch here for updates.  To accomodate social distancing, we will be limiting this event to 40 participants.  Pre-registration is required.
To register for Zion Lutheran, February 9 session:
If you are intersted in a virtual option, the following link will list available dates and details:
Pre-registration is also required for the on-line options.


Office Update:

As of November 12, 2020 we have moved to "By Appointment Only"
at the Humboldt County Extension and Outreach office, until further notice.
Our doors are locked, but we are still here for you!
Give us a call at 515-332-2201 or send us an email at
and let us know how we can continue to serve you!
Thank you for your continued help as we find ways to work differently to ensure the safety of all Iowans.

Please note:

To provide for social distancing during the pandemic, all in-person events through Humboldt County Extension will require pre-registration and we may not be able to accomodate walk-ins the day of the event. 

Job Opening: Program Coordinator

Humboldt County Extension and Outreach is accepting applications for a full-time Program Coordinator.  
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, excellent communication skills, up-to-date computer and social media skills, and the ability to work some evenings and weekends.
To be guaranteed consideration, cover letter, application, and resume due by January 18, 2021 to the attention of Kim Axne at the Humboldt County Extension and Outreach office. 

Position will remain open until filled.  Humboldt County Extension and Outreach is an EEO/AA Employer.   

County News

Jar full of money with label that says "Retirement".
January 25, 2021


How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime? 

This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop offered online four times this winter, including three evening options and one daytime option:

 Thursdays, Jan 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesdays, February 9 and 16, 12-2:00pm

Mondays, March 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursdays, April 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Jars of canned food on a shelf.
January 25, 2021

PTTS classes will be hosted numerous dates and times between February and June. To register, go to

Manure applicator in field.
January 22, 2021

All currently certified commercial manure applicator licenses will expire on March 1, 2021. Commercial applicators can attend training throughout the year, but if they were previously certified, they should plan to attend training and submit the forms and fees to DNR prior to March 1, 2021, to avoid paying the late fees.

Pre-registration required.

January 22, 2021

The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in category 4. Topics covered will include application equipment use, maintenance, and calibration, safe application techniques, and pests, pest management and pesticides.

Pre-registration required.

January 22, 2021

The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 3O, 3T, and 3OT.

Pre-registration required.

Links to our most popular publications:

2020 Cash Rent Survey - Cash rental rates presented are the result of a survey of farmers, landowners, agricultural lenders, real estate brokers, and professional farm manners.

2020 Iowa Farm Custom rate SurveySurvey of Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers on rates expected to be charged or paid for custom machine work.

Farmland Value Survey (September 2019 - March 2020) 

Iowa Land Value Survey - The Iowa Land Value Survey, directed by Michael Duffy, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist and professor of economics, is a topic of great interest. The survey has been conducted annually since 1941, and is the only statewide survey that collects information on land values in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

2020 Humboldt County Stakeholders Report - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach connects the needs of Iowans with Iowa State research and resources. We listen, learn, and work with the people of Humboldt County for a #STRONGIOWA.

A listing of all ISUE publications by topic:

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Publications

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Real Connections, Caring Hearts

2020 has been a tough year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will continue to deliver research-based education and information and engage with Iowans on issues that will lead to recovery. Together, we will build a strong Iowa.  

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