County News

September 24, 2018

Iowa 4-H program club memberships increased during the 2017-2018 program year to over 23,000 young people in grades 4-12 and an additional 7,400 youth grades K-3 in the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program.

September 13, 2018

This year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. Remembering a few basic principles critical to harvest and storage of high quality corn silage feed stuff reduce the challenges.

September 5, 2018

By starting early and making learning part of everyday activities, parents can encourage the skills children need for success in school later on, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

September 4, 2018

Proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share tips on fall lawn care practices, including controlling broadleaf weeds. 

August 30, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist Carol Huneycutt Ehlers has been designated a Certified Housing Counselor by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. This is her second national mark of excellence from the association.

August 29, 2018

Incorporating conservation practices into land leases takes careful thought and planning. Changes or additions to leases can't be undertaken overnight, meaning both landowners and tenants need to communicate their thoughts and intentions early in the discussion regarding these practices.

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.

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