County News

March 6, 2019

The role of livestock in sustainable agriculture is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Wednesday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

March 6, 2019

The I-29 Moo University collaborative will host a webinar titled “Renovating Dairy Barns: Giving Them a Second Career” for dairy owners considering alternatives for their dairy facilities after selling their cows. The webinar will be held at noon on Friday, March 22.

March 1, 2019

Many people find it challenging to prepare healthy meals. Several factors, including perceived lack of time and decreased kitchen skills, contribute to this challenge. ISU Extension and Outreach- Pocahontas County is hosting a program series that will help participants learn ways to overcome these challenges. 

February 21, 2019

Iowa State horticulturists share information about the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine to help simplify the pruning process.

February 14, 2019

Matt Helmers and Kris Kohl will present at a drainage workshop on Tuesday, March 5th in Emmetsburg at the VFW. This workshop will be from 10am to 3pm with lunch. Matt and Kris will discuss Finding tile with GIS, Improving Drainage Water Quality Nutrient Reduction Stategy, Design drainage system, current Drainage Research, and Surface intakes and solving side-hill seeps.  

February 7, 2019

With just the right amount of love and care, flowers received on Valentine’s Day will continue to express the feelings of the sender. Use these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to extend the enjoyment of cut flowers and flowering plants.

February 7, 2019

The ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program will hold a series of commercial applicator continuing instruction course  trainings throughout Iowa during Spring 2019.

February 6, 2019

Pocahontas, Iowa— The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will host a winter webinar series in 2019. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours for the webinars that are scheduled at the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office for February 25th, March 25th and April 29th.

February 4, 2019

When parents have an understanding of their child’s unique temperament, they can tailor their approach to best meet their child’s needs, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 31, 2019

"Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness: What to expect and how to prepare" workshops for cattle, pig, sheep and goat producers, extension personnel and veterinarians are scheduled at five Iowa locations, from Feb. 7 to March 12.

January 30, 2019

Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of these plants.

January 15, 2019

Flowers are one of the best antidotes to the icy winds of winter. This winter consider growing a clivia plant.

January 10, 2019

Food insecurity reduces an older adult’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Nationally one in four older adults is estimated to be malnourished. Proper nutrition can help improve these situations.

Pocahontas Public Library, in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach, is holding three sessions of the Wellness and Independence through Nutrition (WIN) Program. This program consists of enjoyable activities that can help older adults find new ways toward better nutrition. 

January 8, 2019

All 4-H’ers in Pocahontas County that are attending college in the fall of 2019 are encouraged to apply for one of ten $750 scholarships that will be awarded to seniors in Pocahontas County.  The application is available at the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office and is also on the Extension home webpage or links below.  The applications are due February 1, 2019.  No late applications will be considered.

  • 2019 Pocahontas County 4-H Scholarship Application - (pdf format)
  • 2019 Pocahontas County 4-H Scholarship Application - (word format)
December 23, 2018

BQA training will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Buena Vista County Extension and Outreach office in Storm Lake. Please pre-register by February 3rd by calling 712-732-5056.

December 21, 2018

Mark your calendars! – Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 9:45AM-3:00PM @ ILCC – see attached flyer.  Cost is $5 per participant.  ALL 4-H/FFA members and accompanying adults are welcome to participate for the $5 fee.  Deadline to register is January 24th.  Sessions will include Beefing Up! with Tammy Chapman, RD; Calving Simulator – ISU College of Vet Medicine & Dr. Dan Berkland, Sibley Vet Clinic; How do You Score? with Dr. Beth Doran, ISUEO Beef Specialist & Mark Jensen, ILCC Beef Instructor; andYou Be the Judge with Mike Anderson, 4-H Livestock Specialist & Lisa Berkland, 4-H Specialist.  Please note – we are not able to grant YQCA credit for attending this event.

December 21, 2018

The history and bits of trivia about mistletoe, Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti, and poinsettias are certain to be safe conversation topics for family gatherings. Learn fun facts about these holiday plants.

December 19, 2018

Dry/solid manure applicator certification workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manur

December 18, 2018

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by ISU Extension and Outreach in January and February 2019 to receive required continuing education. 


December 12, 2018

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators need to contact the ISU Extension Pocahontas County office at 712-335-3103.

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