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June 18, 2020

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – While COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, major packers still require a current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certificate from feedlot producers selling market-ready cattle. Beth Doran, beef specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said that’s why a set of certification workshops has been planned for northwest Iowa producers starting in early July.

January 10, 2020

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

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.

August 7, 2020

The I-29 Moo University Consortium welcomes Rabobank’s global dairy strategist Mary Ledman and Vice President of Dairy Research Ben Laine for a discussion on the outlook for the global and United States dairy markets during a webinar at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is no charge to attend the webinar, and it is open to all interested parties. There has been unprecedented milk and dairy product price volatility over the last few months, according to Fred Hall, local dairy program 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 31, 2020

The farming community is used to the stress that comes from the unpredictable and uncontrollable challenges that jeopardize their production and livelihood.  Agricultural resilience is about equipping farmers with strategies and information that will enable them to absorb and recover from these stresses. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things do not go as planned. COVID Recovery Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting COVID Ag Updates: Focus on Resilience; a 60-minute weekly update with agricultural specialists, to be held Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

July 29, 2020

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be stressful. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, couples and families may be facing a surplus of quality time. Adults may be forced to work from home or be on leave and children may not be able to attend school or go to childcare. So, what can couples do to manage all of this togetherness? ISU Extension and Outreach will be providing a series of short virtual meetings over eight weeks with information and suggestions to help couples thrive in this new reality.

July 16, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Sioux County will offer Master Gardener training online this fall for individuals who are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardener Training participants will expand their gardening knowledge and be equipped with tools and resources to be effective community volunteers. Applicants must apply for the training before the class begins and complete the online sessions held by the county office. All classes will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 16, 2020
The 2020 O'Brien County Fair is July 18-23! 
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May 19, 2020

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Spring is finally here and many gardens are being planted. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

May 6, 2020

In an effort to continue summer camps while also following guidance for social distancing, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth staff in Northwest Iowa have created Clover Crates, take-home camps with optional virtual components, which will replace our in-person camps for Summer 2020.
May 6, 2020

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased food preparation and mealtime at home, as well as sparked renewed interest in gardening and food preservation. In response to this movement, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has launched weekly Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep quickinars to provide information to gardeners of all ages and skill levels. The quickinars are 5 to 15-minute online lessons of seasonally appropriate topics for the garden, food preparation and food preservation.

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

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August 6, 2019

Clover Kids is a fun youth program designed for children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. The program focuses on inquiry-based hands-on learning. 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 registration will open at the end of August, and each group is limited to the first 20 youth registered. 
April 24, 2019

Through a series of research-based articles, Beef Specialist Beth Ellen Doran and partners strive to help Northwest Iowa and surrounding livestock producers to recover and renovate flooded pastures. Flood waters are receding, but the challenges in recovery for farmers and livestock producers are just beginning. That's why Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, said producers should get out in their fields as soon as possible....

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.

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October 1, 2012

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