Tama County

Little Hands on the Farm Helpers at the Iowa State Fair 2017

People who attended the Winding Stairs Festival in Traer had fun while learning about what it takes to make a profit raising beef cattle.

A safety program was held at the Tama County Fair.

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Annie's Project: Farm Business Management  -  A six session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm businesses - To be held in Toledo starting February 21 See Brochure

Private Pesticide Recertification will be held on the following dates:                                                  Jan. 10- 9:30am/Gladbrook       March 6- 1:30pm/Tama       March 22- 6:30pm/Traer                          Testing will be held at Tama Civic Center on March 20 from 10am-2pm.                                              Any questions, please call the office at 641-484-2703.
2018 will mark the 100th year of Extension in Tama County. The committee is planning a county-wide celebration and is asking for your help in locating old pictures and 4-H projects to use for display. If you have something you can share, please contact Cheryl at our office 641-484-2703.

AG Decision Maker

Hawkeye Fam Show at the UNI Dome 9:00-4pm read more

Are you a new family to 4-H? Contact the Extension Office for a paper enrollment form.
Re-enroll in 4honline https://iowa.4honline.com
Get enrolled today to make sure that you are kept up to date on all the upcoming workshops and weigh-ins!    
Tama County 4-H new member brochure
Farm Leasing information
Links of Interest for Farmers & Land Owners rental rates, land values, CIRAS, program builder,Ag decision maker and more.
ISU Hortline for questions on Lawn, garden, and landscapes. 515-294-3108
ISU Answerline for questions relating to home and family 1-800-262-3804

County News

January 10, 2018

The Iowa Poultry Queen serves from February to February.

The duties are as Follows:
·         Represent the Iowa Poultry Association and the Iowa Egg Council.
·         To attend the county fairs in your area. Past queens have attended any where from 5 to 20 county fairs. Represent your industry and share your knowledge in the community.
·         Speak at events approved by the board/council. (Green Eggs and Ham at the Capital, Kids fest have been just a few of the past events.)
·         Be present for the Iowa State Fair poultry shows. Attend other related poultry and egg sponsored events at the Iowa State Fair.
o   Egg Rolling Contest.
o   Help hand out egg on a stick for the Iowa Egg Council.
o   Egg decorating contest.
o   Egg/poultry events at the Ellwell Food Center.
o   Chicken calling contest and rubber chicken throwing contest at pioneer Hall.

Poultry Queen Document

event, Annie's,
December 21, 2017

Grundy, Marshall and Tama Counties are presenting Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

What is Annie's Project: Farm Business Management? It is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises. Women learn best with and from other women, and Annie's Project takes advantage of that fact by creating a comfortable and supportive learning environment focused on the best farm business management practices. Course participants will learn effective strategies to make good decisions in five key management areas including financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production topics. See Brochure

combine in field of corn
November 20, 2017

 Marketing grain by using basis contracts provides more flexibility in how farmers market their grain and profit from their crop. 

November 7, 2017

Health insurance is critical to family well-being; excellent information will help you make an informed decision. A MoneyTip$ blog post from ISU Extension and Outreach cuts through some of the confusing news information to provide: 1) a basic guide to enrollment in the individual health insurance marketplace; 2) links to find out if you are eligible for help in paying health insurance premiums; and 3) critical tips for evaluating an insurance plan. Farmers or Sole Proprietors will also find information in an article from the ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation. To find local help in navigating the enrollment process, use this zip code locator.  Or to do it yourself, go to www.healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596.

November 3, 2017

Many farmers and other self-employed Iowans not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid have few choices when it comes to 2018 health insurance. In the past several weeks, thousands of Iowans currently insured on the individual market, including many farmers, received notification that their policies would not be renewed for 2018. So what options do farmers and other small business owners have for health insurance in 2018?  To learn more click here


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