County News

November 12, 2020

Producers needing to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation have a couple of opportunities to do so in northwest Iowa. In-person trainings are being offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council at no cost. A majority of packers and local auction barns require cattle sellers to be BQA certified. Producers or custom transporters hauling cattle directly to a packing plant on their own trailer must also be BQA Transportation certified. These two certifications are not synonymous.

November 9, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has brought a new pilot program, called “Small Talk” to Northwest Iowa. “Small Talk,” which is specifically for parents of children under the age of 30 months, is based in science, according to Lori Korthals, local human sciences specialist in family life, who will lead the program. The most important time for a baby’s brain is the period from birth to his or her third birthday. 

November 3, 2020

The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is sponsored this year by EcoEngineers, a renewable energy consulting and auditing firm headquartered in Des Moines, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The program will be virtual this year due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

November 2, 2020

The annual Pro Ag Outlook and Management meetings will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19 concerns. With a virtual format, participants will be able to hear from five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economists. There will be one speaker each day from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Dec. 7–11.  

October 29, 2020

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host four free “Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics and Actions” virtual learning sessions in November and early-December. The one-hour program is open to anyone and focuses on selecting a health insurance policy and understanding how to use the benefits attached to it.

October 23, 2020

Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and the United States have a new way of receiving information, thanks to the I-29 Moo University Dairy Consortium. Extension Dairy Specialists from each state develop the industry-specific content for the twice monthly podcast. “The [I-29 Moo U Dairy] podcast discusses current issues faced by dairy producers from economics and animal health, to forage, labor and farm programs,” said Kim Clark, Nebraska Extension Dairy Educator, and one of three regular hosts for the program.

September 16, 2020

This fall and winter, cattle producers in NW Iowa will be dealing primarily with drought-stressed feedstuffs, which present their own set of challenges.

Water– streams are running very slow, if at all, and ponds are stagnant.  Both are ideal conditions for the development of blue-green algae.  This algae produces toxins affecting the nervous system and liver and can be deadly if consumed. Clean water is a MUST for cattle.  A word of caution – make sure the tank used to haul water does not have pesticide residue in it.   

August 6, 2020

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

May 19, 2020

Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Dairy News & Views from Iowa State University” began recording in April, featuring timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and dairy production in general. The podcasts are recorded every two weeks, and feature commentary by ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Jennifer Bentley and Fred Hall, in conversation with other Iowa State dairy industry experts.

October 9, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers several ServSafe® classes each year for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. The class will address food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

November 8, 2004

Governor's proclamation recognizes Extension's celebration of 100 years of service to Iowa.

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