County News

May 14, 2018

A new law, SF 2349, provides two new healthcare benefit options for small employers and sole proprietors. An in-depth analysis, written by Kristine Tidgren of the Iowa State Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, is in the May issue of the Acreage Living Newsletter.

May 11, 2018

A new version of an iconic Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication, “Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers,” has been completely updated and revised for 2018.

May 10, 2018

4-H’ers had the opportunity to construct a soup bowl cover that holds a hot bowl from the microwave.  Bonnie Wood, Quilting on Main provided instruction along with her many volunteers to help the children sew their project.  They learned that you must have all cotton, including cotton thread when making microwave cloth items to be used in a microwave.  If you have a child in 4th through 12th grade that would like to participate in them many different youth activities this summer contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office at 712-335-3103 or email

May 9, 2018

The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School, Aug. 21-23 at the Borlaug Learning Center near Nashua.

May 4, 2018

A lawn’s overall appearance is directly related to the maintenance provided. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on lawn mowing this week.

May 3, 2018

All youth in 4th through 12th grade are welcome to participate in the following 4-H activities throughout the summer months.  Our day camps and activities fill up quickly and are available on a first come first serve.  If you would like your child to participate in any of the activities please contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County for complete details and registrations forms at 712-335-3103 or

May 2, 2018

Faculty from Iowa State University’s School of Education will present two workshops on some of the latest research and practices in literacy. Interested participants can choose to attend June 6 in Atlantic or June 7 in Humboldt.

May 1, 2018

Youth that will be exhibiting livestock at the 2018 Pocahontas County Fair must have their animals identified in their 4Honline account no later than May 15.  Tags for swine, breeding ewes, breeding heifers, bucket calves, feeder calves are available at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office Pocahontas County.  If you need assistance with the identification process please contact lzeman@iastate.eduor 712-335-3103.  Youth (grades K-5 not in 4-H) exhibiting open bucket calves, bottle lambs or a pet need to contact the Extension office by July 1, there are no tags or papers to fill out.

April 27, 2018

Garden geraniums are popular flowering plants, easy to grow and provide color in the garden from May to frost.

April 27, 2018

The Iowa Master Gardener program will host a trio of Growing Season webcasts this summer about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

April 25, 2018

The cool, wet weather conditions this spring mean some Iowa corn and soybean fields will be planted later than normal, making this is a good time to revisit multiple peril crop insurance coverage options.

April 24, 2018

Who will succeed you in your business?  Many families struggle with making succession plans.  Workshops will be held Thursday, June 7th and Thursday, June 21st at the Webster County Extension & Outreach office.  The workshops are planned as a multi-generational event for existing owners and spouses and succeeding owners and spouses.

April 19, 2018

Whether hot or sweet, peppers are easily grown in the Iowa home garden. Green peppers or bell peppers are sweet to the taste and usually dark green, though depending on the cultivar, the fruit will turn red, yellow, orange or some other color at maturity. Hot peppers are increasingly popular and used in cooking all over the world. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on planting and selecting pepper varieties.

April 16, 2018

Farmers preparing for spring planting would do well to renew their commitment to managing soybean cyst nematodes, according to an Iowa State University plant pathologist.

April 16, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week celebrates service for a strong Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 16-21. We are highlighting Pocahontas County clients and staff this week! 

April 13, 2018

The Iowa Beef Center offers an annual educational update for veterinarians who work with cattle. This year's event will be held May 15 at the Iowa State University McNay Research Farm.

April 12, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on suitable locations, good varieties and proper planting of tomatoes.

April 10, 2018

Asparagus plantings will produce good crops for 15 to 20 years if planted in a favorable location and good cultural practices are followed. Learn how to start an asparagus patch.

April 10, 2018

Please stop by the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach office Thursday, April 19 for refreshments. We could not do our job without the dedicated volunteers in our community. Not a volunteer? Stop by and we can let you know of the many ways you can help out our community.

April 4, 2018

April showers bring May flowers, according to common songs, poems and nursery rhymes. “However, April showers also bring fun-filled puddles, squishy mud, earth worms and a host of other rich outdoor learning experiences for children,” says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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