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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!


Polk County Extension Online Resources

UPDATED June 1, 2020

As we begin summer programming, Polk County Extension remains committed to serving Iowans and providing reliable, research-based education in a safe manner. Please read the June 1, 2020 letter from Polk County Extension Executive Director, Paul Gibbins, to learn how we plan to move into summer programming while keeping residents healthy and safe.

We continue to encourage you to visit the Polk County Extension Online Resources page for virtual programming and resources to get you through the summer. 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 and all in-person programs canceled 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
June 1, 2020

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

May 28, 2020

Learn more about the new government farm program and how it impacts you.

May 28, 2020

Check out these newsletters to get the latest on crop marketing strategies.

May 28, 2020

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


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How to Raise Bees

11 videos: Whether you’re a long-time beekeeper or just getting started, entomologist Randall Cass and other specialists share what you need to know in this video series from ISU Extension and Outreach.  

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