County News

July 23, 2018
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 Lee County. 
“What About Me? My Wellbeing” is a four-week educational workshop series beginning October 23rd in Keokuk.  The introductory, research-based program covers taking time for oneself, relationships, finances and physical health. Each workshop is 45 minutes and begins at noon at the Hoerner YMCA. The remaining workshops are set for October 30th and November 6th and 13th.  Lunch will be provided by the Hoerner YMCA.  
Iowa Pork Industry Logo
September 19, 2018

Tom Miller, ISU Extension and Outreach Specialist discusses the recent outbreak of African swine fever virus in China and what measures the U.S. is taking to prevent this highly contagious, viral disease in our swine industry. 

Market Facilitation Program Payment Details
September 13, 2018

More details have been released on the tariff release package. USDA has commented that this is a one-time deal and will not likely be a yearly program.  $12 billion have been authorized for three programs to help reduce the impacts of the trade disputes on U.S. farmers. The three programs are the Market Facilitation Program, the Food Purchase and Distribution Program, and the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program. 

September 10, 2018

The Lee County Leadership Program is a collaborative effort designed to bring emerging and existing leaders together to guide and foster positive change in Lee County.

August 28, 2018

Don't know what to do with your excess garden produce? Come to our Food Preservation 101 class on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Des Moines County Extension Office. Registration is only $5.00. Go to to register by September 26.

August 28, 2018

Upcoming training opportunity for professionals to be held Henry County; Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training. The training will be held Friday October 12th. CEU contact hours for social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists will be available. 

August 24, 2018

Life expectancy for Americans continues to increase, so it is more and more likely that most adults will end up caring for an elderly parent or relative or needing care themselves. “Care does not have to mean that the person lives in your home,” explains Mary Weinand, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist.  “It may mean that you provide transportation or other services to a person who still lives in their own home.” For most working Americans, this still requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

August 23, 2018

Lee County ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a Transitioning to Farming Group on Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

August 22, 2018

The 2018 Lee County Fair Follow-Up Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30 PM in the Lee County Extension Office. Everyone is welcome to attend. Suggestions and comments will be discussed at this meeting. Food will be provided. If you are not able to attend but want a topic to be discussed please fill out the Fair Evaluation form that was emailed to all members. You can also find a copy on the website at If you have questions feel free to Whitney Weisinger at 319-835-5116 or

August 20, 2018

Chloe Hoenig of West Point, IA spent the last two weeks at the ninth annual United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored, AgDiscovery program hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames IA.  She was one of 16 high school students selected from 57 applicants from 12 different states and territories around the country who applied to the Iowa State University program.  Congratulations, Chloe!  Chloe will be a Junior at Fort Madison High School this coming school year and plans to attend Iowa State University’s Veterinarian Program after high school.  

4-H Seal
August 8, 2018

Are you a good leader, want to be a role model for other 4-Her's, want to help organize county wide events? Then come join our Teen County Council. We are looking for applicants.

August 6, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mile-a-minute weed, an invasive weed from eastern Asia, has been found for the first time in Iowa. Prior to this, mile-a-minute weed was known to be in the mid-Atlantic states, but only as far west as Indiana and Kentucky, and an outlier in Oregon.

August 6, 2018

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa – Farmers, farmer advisors and the general public are invited to attend the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm’s fall field day on Sept. 6 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

August 2, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting on August 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Roberts Memorial Building (20497 Hwy 1) in Keosauqua to discuss drought conditions that are causing concerns for both crop and livestock producers.

July 2, 2018

Donnellson, Iowa ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting farmland leasing meetings across 11 different sites in Southeast Iowa during late July and August. Meeting sites include Oskaloosa, Keosauqua, Ottumwa, Fairfield, Letts, Burlington, Donnellson, Mt. Pleasant, Bloomfield, Humeston and Albia and are coordinated by county ISU Extension and Outreach offices.

June 19, 2018

If you are a Foodservice Manager or Worker and need to take the ServSafe Food Safety Training in 2018, please make sure to register for one of our classes.

June 14, 2018

Farmers and those who advise farmers are encouraged to attend Focus on Nitrogen: Managing Nitrogen for Maximum Profit and Minimum Water Quality Impact, a workshop series hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, ag engineering specialists and water quality researchers.

June 14, 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 7, 2018

This year Lee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.  ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lee County.

May 31, 2018

Farmers and consultants who deal with grazing will want to attend a pasture walk at the farmstead of Thomas Heidt, 3388 240th Street, Lockridge, on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018.  Registration and a free ribeye sandwich dinner, served by Jefferson County Cattlemen, will be from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.  At 5:45pm the pasture walk will begin. Topics to be covered will be rotational grazing, weed and brush management, erosion control, and fescue management.  

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