County News

April 7, 2020

The 2020 Palo Alto County Fair Book is now on the web.  This is a must see if you plan to bring exhibits to the Palo Alto County Fair.  The fair book includes rules, fair classes and descriptions, premiums, etc.  Please read before you exhibit!  See link below to access the book.  There a number of changes this year so be sure to use this updated version.

March 26, 2020

Due to the current and ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, adjustments are being made to this year’s 4-H/FFA livestock identification process and county weigh-ins.  As of today, all county weigh-ins for meat goats, sheep and/or swine are cancelled. The May 15 livestock ID deadline is being moved back to June 1. This applies to ALL livestock that are usually identified by May 15.  For more information check out these links.

Official Announcement of Livestock Weigh-Ins & ID Deadline Changes

Frequently Asked Questions

Office closed to the public.
March 18, 2020

At this time and until further notice the Palo Alto County Extension Office will be closed to the public but will be staffed from 9:00AM until 1:00PM Monday-Friday to take your calls.  When not in the office, staff will be working remotely from their homes so please send emails directly to staff or to 
Julie Naig, County Youth Coordinator -
Jamie Neff, Program Coordinator/Office Coordinator -
Jody Leuer, Office Assistant -

March 18, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s number one priority is the safety and health of our (citizens) staff, youth, volunteers, and all those who attend our programs. At this time and running through May 31, 2020, all Palo Alto County Extension programs are canceled until further notice.

March 17, 2020

Some individuals are more prone to experience stress reactions if they see or hear repeated massages about COVID-19 outbreak in the media or online.  David Brown, Behavioral Health State Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers suggestions for coping with stress.

Private Pesticide area schedule
December 4, 2019

Private Pesticide certification season is approaching.  Attached is the schedule for area sessions.

March 20, 2019

Coping with flooding

To find information about dealing with flooding go to For specific information regarding beef cattle go to

February 15, 2019

Palo Alto County Extension has exciting news!!!  We now have an app available for you to download on your phone. The app contains information on current programing that is being offered. It also contains links to Ag Decision Maker, 4HOnline, YQCA, Palo Alto County Fair, and Spend Smart, Eat Smart.  Go to your app store and search Palo Alto County Extension and download the app today!!!

December 14, 2018

4-H 202 Iowa Livestock Show Requirements has been updated for 2019.  Please use this version to answer any livestock eligibility questions.

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