County News

May 30, 2017

The Teen County Council Team has put together some tips to help members while preparing for fair. Remember that spending time with your animals prior to fair is very important. They have provided tips for showing livestock, art hall, and communication projects.

Child look at his phone
May 24, 2017

With the school year coming to a close and summer just around the corner, many parents of school-agers are faced with the decision of finding child care for their adolescent or allowing their child to stay home alone, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 22, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa -- The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in either Pork Quality Assurance Plus program or Transport Quality Assurance. A certification session for each has been set on Tuesday, June 6, in Henry County.

People planting a tree
May 17, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best care for newly planted trees. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

Outdoor Ed Day
May 8, 2017

On Friday, May 5, 153 students from Lincoln, Richardson, and Holy Trinity Elementary Schools gathered for the opportunity to learn about agriculture, natural resources, farm/road safety and so much more at the Lee County Fairgrounds. 

cover crop
May 8, 2017

After a brief hiatus away from Agronomy in the Field, we'll resume our summer sessions on Monday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. down at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm (SERF) near Crawfordsville, IA. Just like last summer, we'll offer light snacks and fantastic conversation about relevant agronomic topics and we hope to see you all there! The first session will be on spring cover crop management and corn growth and development, as well as any other topics that might come up!

Cows Grazing
May 3, 2017

An introduction to management and rotational grazing practices for producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, control production costs, and conserve natural resources. 

May 2, 2017

Communications and Fashion exhibits will be done a little differently this year. We will hold the Educational Presentations, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Fashion judging on Wednesday, June 21 starting at 12:00 PM at the Extension Office. 

Food to Table
April 27, 2017

Did you miss the FSQA training in March? If so, you will need to complete the FSQA training in order to show livestock at the county and/or state fair. 

April 26, 2017

If you plan on showing lambs or goats at county or state fair this is a workshop you won't want to miss! 

ISU Extension and Outreach of Lee County is working with local sheep and goat producers to put on a free lamb and goat workshop on May 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Iowa State Fair- Nothing Compares
April 24, 2017

Are you or someone you know in your county interested in being part of the greatest “team” at the State Fair? 

The State 4-H Office is seeking three applicants interested in assisting the 4-H Livestock Superintendent at the 2017 Iowa State Fair and beyond.  This team will carry out all of the daily duties and responsibilities of the 4-H Livestock shows and the hope is that the team will continue into future years for consistency.

April 24, 2017

AMES, Iowa – A traditional home garden is a popular way to grow vegetables, but it’s far from the only way. Growing vegetable plants in containers can also produce a bountiful crop, although care must be taken to ensure meaningful growth.  

Emerald Ash Borer Management Options
April 19, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Iowans who want to protect their ash trees have options for a brief time this spring. However, the options apply only to valuable and healthy ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation of emerald ash borer.

Girl with a camera
April 19, 2017
Iowa 4-H Communications and Arts Programs Partner with IPTV and WHO Radio for Mentorship Opportunity
April 13, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest.  

Garden Tools
April 12, 2017

Come join to the Des Moines County and Lousia County Master Gardeners for their Annual Plant Sales!!!

Strawberry Plant
April 7, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Planting small fruits in gardens is a popular part of spring. But some need more support than others. When is it right to fertilize small fruits? Or should it be done at all?

April 6, 2017

Come out to the Hunt Woods Forestry Field Day for a free program on Tuesday, April 25 from 12:30pm to 4:00 pm. 

4-H Grows Here Logo
April 5, 2017

The Lee County 4-H Insider newsletter is full of great information this month. Learn about upcoming events and important dates. 

Money Smart Week Logo
April 5, 2017

AMES, Iowa -- It takes time and practice to establish healthy financial habits. A good time to start is April, National Financial Literacy Month, says Sandra McKinnon, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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