County News

April 5, 2021

A new page will house up-to-date information to assist 4-H members, parents, and volunteers in using 4-H forms and documents. 4-H staff can link to this page in their emails or web pages referencing the use of forms. Topics include using fillable PDF files, alternative formats, alternatives to typing, and returning forms. Questions? Contact Bonnie Dalager

April 5, 2021

Children and adults benefit from being supported by a strong family unit, no matter how it is defined. This support can come from parents with a positive relationship, extended family and friends, and the community, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 16, 2021

Using positive discipline and understanding research and reality are building blocks for effective parenting. Parents and caregivers can learn more about these topics in free, one-hour, online parenting workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Science of Parenting team.

March 16, 2021

It’s not the absence of conflict and anger that makes a relationship better – it’s how couples manage the conflict and anger they experience.

October 6, 2020

Richard Jauron, the most recognizable voice behind the Iowa State University consumer horticulture effort, is retiring September 30.

May 28, 2020

Veg Out! Examine the benefits of vegetables. Explore recipe ideas, and learn how to increase fruit and veggies in your diet. Learn how to make a whole meal salad and homemade salad dressing.

Each quickinar is about 10 to 15 minutes. You will learn strategies for using time, money, and skills wisely when you eat at home. The Sac County Extension office will be featuring the quickinar series throughout the month of May and June.

May 15, 2020

Demonstrating kindness and caring shows that couples value their partner and their relationship. That is the premise of Value, a virtual meeting from ISU Extension and Outreach to help couples elevate their relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

May 15, 2020

Using the proper type and amount of fertilizer for your seedlings can make a big difference in plant growth. See the video from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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

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
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