County News

May 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists explain what's involved with selecting an ideal site for your new vegetable garden.

April 3, 2020

Local hospitals are seeking in-kind donations for extra personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of a COVID-19 contingency plan should other available resources become exhausted. Any type of healthcare PPE will be welcomed, especially:

  • gowns
  • gloves (first preference of latex free and powder free)
  • eye protection (best if it provides wrap around protection)
  • masks (especially N95).

To donate, please call your county public health department official or local emergency manager. This will help your local healthcare teams be prepared to care for your community. Those donating should request an in-kind receipt for charitable tax purposes.

March 30, 2020


The waiver allows certified Iowa pesticide applicators to retain their status through 2020.  

March 20, 2020

Anirudh Naig, Angela Laury Shaw, Shannon M. Coleman

UPDATED. Three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists recommend one simple and important method for combating COVID-19: Properly wash your hands. (Audio PSA available.)

March 19, 2020

Ruth Litchfield, Sarah Francis

The outbreak of Covid 19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, has many Iowans thinking about emergency supplies and kits, if they should need to self-isolate or quarantine. Nutrition and wellness state specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips for stocking the pantry, without panic buying.

March 17, 2020

Most Iowa State University Extension and Outreach events throughout the state March 16 through April 4 have been canceled. When possible, some activities may be conducted virtually using video or teleconferencing. For information on specific events, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

March 17, 2020

Coping with a frightening event in the news can be difficult for children and their families, says Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 17, 2020

Richard Jauron

Follow the recommendations of Iowa State University horticulture specialists for successful broccoli gardening. 

March 12, 2020

Richard Jauron

Pruning shrubs has its own set of rules to follow, but with some basic steps, it can be made easy. 

January 22, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host six “Emergency Planning Foreign Animal Disease Issues for Swine Producers” workshops in Northwest Iowa during January and February. The workshops are free to attend, and no preregistration is needed. Each workshop will focus on issues related to foreign animal diseases, specifically African Swine Fever (ASF), and help swine producers be proactive in case of or before an outbreak.

January 21, 2020
October 21, 2019

Tammy Jacobs, Laura Sternweis

Sometimes life gives you a lot to handle, but you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Iowa Concern is a free service connecting Iowans with information to help them navigate through a variety of life circumstances.

October 21, 2019

Native and ornamental grasses are wonderful for adding multiple seasons of interest in the garden. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists recommend native and ornamental grasses with good fall color.

September 9, 2019

Fall is the best time to apply broadleaf herbicides for weed control in Iowa lawns, but take care to do it properly and effectively. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain timing, applying and getting good results with broadleaf herbicides. Read more

September 9, 2019

How people respond to stress can affect their behavior. Stress also can affect their relationships, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

July 10, 2019

Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell offers timely reminders for producers.

July 1, 2019

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain problems that gardeners may encounter in a home planting of peppers.

May 22, 2019

Iowa cattle producers have reason to celebrate, but their work will likely increase following harsh winter and wet spring

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