County News

January 9, 2020

Due to COVID-19: Before traveling to a training/testing center one should call the site to make sure they will be open.

October 15, 2020

The I-29 Moo University webinar series continues with a presentation by University of Minnesota Extension Ag Business Management Specialist Megan Roberts on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The webinar will be live from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and there is no registration needed. Roberts’ presentation will dive into what we do and don't know about this new crop of government programs as we approach the end of 2020, including PPP forgiveness application changes, tax considerations, and the upcoming Dec. 11 CFAP 2 deadline.

September 24, 2020

Drops in income, increased unemployment, unexpected disasters and overall economic instability in 2020 have resulted in financial uncertainty for many Iowa families. “Families are searching for resources and guidance to relieve stress and be more financially stable,” says Phyllis Zalenski, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Professionals and community members who help support financially stressed adults are in demand now more than ever.”

September 21, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer several online trainings for child care providers this fall.

Each training will be offered at two different times and taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists.

September 16, 2020

This fall and winter, cattle producers in NW Iowa will be dealing primarily with drought-stressed feedstuffs, which present their own set of challenges.

Water– streams are running very slow, if at all, and ponds are stagnant.  Both are ideal conditions for the development of blue-green algae.  This algae produces toxins affecting the nervous system and liver and can be deadly if consumed. Clean water is a MUST for cattle.  A word of caution – make sure the tank used to haul water does not have pesticide residue in it.   

September 9, 2020

Food preservation remains a popular nutrition and wellness topic particularly as the current pandemic has increased the number of Iowans who are growing their own food. Two online workshops aim to educate Iowans about the preservation of tomatoes and apples this October. 

August 24, 2020

O'Brien County 4-H Youth Council is a group of O’Brien County 4-H'ers going into grades 9-12. The group provides input on current county 4-H programs, plans and carries out county-wide activities, and serves the communities in O’Brien County. County Council members are ambassadors for the 4-H program and are positive role models for younger 4-H members. By serving on this council, 4-H’ers are taking the initiative to become tomorrow’s leaders.

August 20, 2020

Clover Kids is a fun youth program designed for children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. Participants take part in activities to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living, personal development and expressive arts, all while gaining valuable social skills. Please note, we are currently offering the Clover Explorer program from October through June, and will start Clover Kids when it is safe to do so. 
August 17, 2020

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to anxiety in the agriculture industry. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) programs, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

August 6, 2020

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

July 16, 2020
The 2020 O'Brien County Fair is July 18-23! 
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June 18, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Joel DeJong will host three Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Trainings in Northwest Iowa: July 23, July 28 and August 3, 2020. The trainings were canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification training deadline was extended to Sept. 30, 2020. 

May 19, 2020

Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Dairy News & Views from Iowa State University” began recording in April, featuring timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and dairy production in general. The podcasts are recorded every two weeks, and feature commentary by ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Jennifer Bentley and Fred Hall, in conversation with other Iowa State dairy industry experts.

2019-20 4-H Club Meeting
December 1, 2019

Look here to find out when your next club meeting is.

October 9, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers several ServSafe® classes each year for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. The class will address food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

4H App
October 27, 2017

With the App you will have all the 4-H information at your fingertips - in one place!

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April 29, 2015

The elected council, like the hundreds of others across the country, is the grass roots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System.

October 1, 2012

Read about the earliest 4-H club work in O'Brien County - dating back to 1925!

4H Record Book
August 14, 2012

It is never to early to start on your record book follow these easy guidelines and forms available to do your record book in no time! And have fun doing it!

February 2, 2012

Clippings is a weekly newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach featuring research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists serving Northwest Iowa. 

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