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Local Highlights

July 5, 2018

The Fifth Annual O’Brien County 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Administration building on the O’Brien County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. The meal will feature pancakes and sausage with choice of milk or orange juice. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of community, family and 4-H supporters all proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the O’Brien County 4-H Foundation.

June 14, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released the 2018 scheduled for its annual Farmland Leasing and Value meetings. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords, and are held across the state. Each meeting will cover: farmland ownership and tenue in Iowa; cover crop research and methods to implement in lease agreements; current cash rental rate and land value survey results; methods for determining fair rent for 2019; legal aspects of farmland leases including strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; and ISU Extension and Outreach web-based and other resources.

May 30, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series this July at the Willoway Complex in Sutherland. The series is a nutrition and wellness program for adults age 60+ that provides information and tips to help aging adults remain healthy and independent.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in O’Brien County and surrounding counties revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Renee Sweers, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

July 16, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and TCTS Global invite swine production managers and supervisors to attend an interactive two-day workshop focused on cultivating more effective leaders and engaged employees. The workshop will be hosted Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee. Dave Stender, swine specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Orlando Gil from TCTS Global LLC, will co-facilitate the training.

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.


Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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