County News

August 29, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule outlining the conditions under which the USDA will pay indemnity to farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza. 

August 10, 2018

The edible part of the potato is the underground swollen stem known as a tuber - which varies in size, shape, color, storability and culinary uses according to cultivar. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain potential potato skin problems and management of the issues causing them.

August 10, 2018

Besides buying school supplies, another necessary item for back-to-school planning is open communication, which will ease parents' and children's first-day nerves, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 31, 2018

Tim Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.

July 30, 2018

There are challenges to keeping Iowa lawns green throughout the summer. This week Iowa State Extension and Outreach horticulturists address issues that add undesirable color to lawns - specifically yellowish orange and brown.

July 5, 2018

Sweet corn fresh from the garden or farmers market makes a tasty addition to a summer picnic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for harvesting and storing sweet corn, and examine some of the pollination and disease issues that can impact yield.

July 5, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Indicators Program has released its latest publication in the Data for Decision Makers publication series. County health profile reports are now available.

July 5, 2018

Preteens are experiencing a lot of change: physical change as their bodies start to develop, emotional change from the stress of all their new experiences and social change as their friends become increasingly important to them. These changes can be difficult to navigate – for both the kids and their parents, says Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

June 28, 2018

Recent rains and flooding have cattle producers dealing with flooded pastures, waterlogged facilities and manure management challenges. One of the first things to check is structural strength of the livestock buildings, electrical equipment and safety of the water systems, said Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Taking care of animals is a priority.

June 19, 2018

Gardeners successfully grow a wide variety of roses in sunny Iowa garden areas. Follow these tips on deadheading, watering and Japanese beetle removal to keep roses attractive throughout the summer.

June 19, 2018

As Iowans deal with extreme heat, flooding, drought, hail and tornadoes, they have resources available from ISU Extension and Outreach to reduce the personal impact. 

June 12, 2018

Suicide, prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities, is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. It is important to know warning signs and how to find assistance.

June 12, 2018

A well-timed plan, and ability to stick with the plan for several years, is critical to being able to improve the health and appearance of a yard. A new extension publication provides a management and action plan that runs from March through November, giving instruction for yard maintenance activities for spring, summer and fall.

June 11, 2018

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Learn how to maintain productivity of a home garden strawberry planting.

June 4, 2018

Parents will not find the "summer slide" at their kids' local playground in June, July and August. However, teachers often have to deal with it when their students return to the classroom next fall, says Dawn Dunnegan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. However, summer vacation does not have to be a learning wasteland.

June 4, 2018

What happens when a loved one is unable to make his or her own medical decisions, but has not designated power of attorney for health care? Without power of attorney, no one can legally speak for that person and carry out his or her wishes. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers "The Finances of Caregiving" to help families with power of attorney and other issues related to providing care for a loved one.

June 4, 2018

Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures. 

May 31, 2018

Follow these tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting.

May 31, 2018

Producers considering changes to crop rotation should pay attention to the impact it has on manure management plans.

May 17, 2018

Home gardeners often have questions about how to manage foliage and bulbs after spring blooming. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information about daffodil care.

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