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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Polk County

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve the quality of life in Iowa. Our online resources offer you a way to quickly access and explore the broad variety of information and educational programs available. Connect with us when you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business, or farm.  We look forward to serving you!


Pesticide Applicator Training Information

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Polk County Extension Online Resources

UPDATED August 1, 2020

Polk County Extension remains committed to serving Iowans and providing reliable, research-based education in a safe manner. Please read the August 1st letter from Polk County Extension Regional Director, Paul Gibbins, to learn about our virtual programming successes this summer, and our plan for back-to-school and fall, while keeping residents healthy and safe.

We continue to encourage you to visit the Polk County Extension Online Resources page for virtual programming and other resources. If you are looking for specific information regarding COVID-19 locally, please visit the Polk County Health Department.


The Polk County Extension office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be available by phone or email, or you can contact our office directly at 515-957-5760.



County News

March 18, 2020

Prioritizing the health and safety of our community, staff, and volunteers the Polk County Extension office will close to the public immediately beginning March 18 until further notice.

Virtual Ag Marketing Clubs
October 21, 2020

Follow the latest webcasts, videos, newsletters, and podcasts.

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October 19, 2020

Want to improve your understanding of crop marketing at your own pace with an online course? The Online Crop Marketing Course is a non-credit professional certificate course offered by Iowa State University Extension and registration is now open.

October 6, 2020

Get current cash rental rates, farmland values surveys along with recorded videos and webcasts.

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September 30, 2020

Asista a un “Baby Shower” virtual para las mujeres embarazadas el 4 de noviembre, de 6:30 a 7:30 pm.

woodworking for wildlife.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to build homes for wildlife

4 videos: Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, shows how you can build an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. (Then you can sit on your new bench to watch the bats, birds and ducks at their new homes!)

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