County News

June 5, 2018

Some beef packers are requiring beef producers to be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. To aid producers in the certification process, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Cherokee, Emmet and Calhoun County Cattlemen’s Associations are co-sponsoring a series of three BQA workshops in NW Iowa.

June 5, 2018

As summer gets underway, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach welcomes three summer educators. These educators will be hosting ISU Extension and Outreach’s summer camps throughout Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien and Cherokee Counties. New summer staff members include.......

June 4, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting applications for their 2018 Northwest Iowa Master Gardener class to be held in Rock Rapids starting in August. 
Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. They are passionate about serving their community and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardeners are individuals who have taken the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects and farmers markets, just to name a few examples.
June 4, 2018

Three Iowa State University students have taken up summer residence in Sheldon as part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Rising Star Internship. These interns will spend the summer promoting gardening and healthy eating, while also helping with the harvest and care of local pantry gardens, assisting with county fairs and other county-specific events in Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay Counties. 

May 31, 2018

If you have Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) trees in your landscape you may have noticed seedlings growing in areas you did not plant them.  Eastern red cedar is native to much of the U.S. and offers protection and food for wildlife.  The main reason red cedar trees spread into pastures and other landscapes is when birds or wildlife eat the berries.  If these wild seedlings are not controlled they can grow and take over open areas and pastures changing the intended use of the property. Red cedars can be managed to protect pastures while still leaving stands for wildlife.  In an effort to update farmers, landowners and natural resource professionals on management and possible markets of red cedar, a workshop and tour has been planned for June 26, 2018 near Peterson, Iowa.

May 29, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a free Garden Composting Workshop on Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sioux Center Public Library. Composting is a great thing for your garden and the environment. It enhances soil quality and helps keep yard and garden waste out of landfills.

May 21, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host three free crop scouting basics workshops at the ISU Northwest Iowa Research Farm on June 7, 21 and July 19. Crop Scouting Basics is a three-session workshop series designed to provide opportunities to learn more about crop development and potential problems. Each session will have a different focus.

January 23, 2018

This year, Lyon 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 Lyon County.

December 7, 2017

ServSafe Food Safety Training provides training and certification for foodservice managers and workers. At training, attendees will discuss: providing safe food; contaimination and food allergens; the safe food handler; purchasing, receiving and storage of food; food preparation and service; cleaning and sanitizing; pest management; facilities and equipment; and food safety management systems. 

August 31, 2017
NOTE: Please call 712-472-2576 or email jpostma@iastate.edu to request contact information for any club leaders. 

Alvord Hawkeyes
Alvord Area
Meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Alvord Town Hall. 
Julie VanTilburg and Jill Maassen, Leaders
 
CALL Lyons
Lester Area
Meets the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Lester Community Center.
Trenth Knoblock and Dustin Knobloch, Leaders
March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

December 31, 2016


     A newsletter of timely topics for farmers, ag producers and others in
     Northwest Iowa - written by Agriculture program specialists serving
     Northwest Iowa.

September 22, 2016

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County Fair Sept. 16. These families are the first in Iowa to know of their connection to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy – a project initiated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the summer, ISU Extension and Outreach visited the families to inform them of a special connection they have to Iowa's land grant university, and introduce them to the project.

March 1, 2016

Need help with meal planning? Kids stressing you out? Looking for some financial guidance? The Human Sciences department from ISU Extension and Outreach wants to help! There are seven active blogs in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach featuring these and other topics. 

March 1, 2016

     The 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program will again be in place for the current 4-H year. FSQA stands for Food Safety Quality Assurance. This program helps 4-H producers understand their role in producing food, and help them make wise, ethical decisions related to food production. If you exhibit the following livestock are required to be FSQA certified: Beef, Bottle/Bucket Calf, Dairy, Goat, Swine, Sheep, Rabbit (if it is not a pet project), and Poultry. You MUST become FSQA certified to exhibit your animals at the County Fair and/or Iowa State Fair.

February 11, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, but didn’t want to wait until the next program is offered?

A part of what we do in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach addresses just that – with a personal touch to reach each and every one of you! If you are “plugged in” to the online world, you can check out any of the SEVEN blogs, NINE Facebook pages,  SEVEN Twitter accounts, FOUR Pinterest pages, and ONE Youtube page that all feature different aspects of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in our region.

Check out this PDF with hot links for access directly to any or all of our social media pages in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach!

January 8, 2016

Eat better. Exercise more. Get organized. Learn something new. It’s that time of year when adults make resolutions to help them reach their goals. It’s also a good time for parents to help their children build goal-setting skills, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 1, 2016

Lyon County Extension will reshow both the Commercial and Confinement Manure Applicator Programs on the second Thursday of each month, beginning March of each current year, for those that were unable to attend a workshop. If you need to schedule a reshow at any other

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