County News

October 4, 2019

Join us! Give a gift, large or small and be part of a collective effort to strengthen the 4-H Program and better serve the youth of our state. For those who are not online, you can still spread the word and help grow Iowa 4-H. Mail or drop off a gift to Tama County and specify it’s for Give. Grow. Iowa 4-H Giving Day.

Woman comforting another woman with head in her hands
September 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa -- 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.

Combine in corn field
September 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held Sept. 15-21 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.”

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Make plans to join Jill Weber, Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at a hands on salsa-making workshop.  You will learn valuable knife skills as you turn fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions into a delicious salsa you can enjoy for many months. 

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Jill Weber, ISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist, is offering a Food Preservation 101 workshop at the Tama County Extension office on Thursday September 19  from  6:30pm-7:30PM.  The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also serve as a good refresher for those who have experience preserving food.  The workshop will cover canning, freezing, and drying. 

Photo of Andrea Nelson, woman with dark shoulder length hair and glasses
July 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Andrea Nelson has been named interim assistant vice president for county services with Iowa State University Extensionand Outreach. She began the position July 1.

Group of kids holding certificates
July 3, 2019

Two Tama county 4-H youth were among the fifty Iowa 4-H members who were recognized for their 2019 state 4-H project awards at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. A project area is a broad topic that 4-H members can explore on their own or with the mentorship of a 4-H leader or other caring adult.

List of Farmland Leasing Meetings
July 3, 2019

 The Iowa State University Tama County Extension and Outreach office will host a meeting on Thursday, August 22, beginning at 9 a.m. with doors open at 8:30 a.m. The location is at the Gladbrook Memorial Building located at 421 Johnston St.. in Gladbrook. The meeting will last approximately 2 ½ hours and will be facilitated by Steve Johnson, farm and agriculture business management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

black cow with white blaze looking over concrete feed bunk
July 1, 2019

VINTON, Iowa – Profitability in cattle feeding depends on more than just cattle prices and performance. It appears that controlling feed costs will play a major role in feedlot profits for 2020. Finding the most cost-effective energy and protein sources, and managing to reduce feed waste and losses is important. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab is coordinating a late summer conference that will address a variety of topics related to feedlot nutrition and management. The conference is set for Friday, Aug. 9, at Buzzy’s in Welton, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Headshot of a blonde lady smiling
June 28, 2019

Deborah Nistler has been named 4-H youth development state program leader for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Her appointment begins Aug. 15. Currently Nistler is the state civic engagement and 4-H legislature program coordinator for University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, as well as extension director for Bradford County.

June 27, 2019

Learn about the art and science of famland drainage in Iowa and the Upper Midwest

May 5, 2019

Join the Tama County Master Gardeners for a night of decorating pots and planting succulents.  Cost is $20

Poster with photos of people in ethnic dress and potluck table
April 22, 2019

Community potluck at STC Elementary School on May 5 will feature the creative art work of area students and music by Los Aliados. 

3 women surrounding a display board with information about the seed library
April 22, 2019

Now you can check out seeds at the library.  Through an arrangement between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners program and the Toledo Public Library, a seed library housed at the Toledo Public Library has seeds you can check out and plant in your garden. Seeds available through the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Large purple kale plant in garden with woman in red shirt in background
April 3, 2019

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required. The program equips participants to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices. After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their community, making significant contributions such as giving vegetables to food pantries and maintaining demonstration gardens at Iowa’s county fairgrounds.

man and woman talking with tax preparer
January 18, 2019

In many Iowa communities, Iowans with low and moderate income can turn to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs for free, expert tax preparation. VITA volunteers are trained, tested and certified by the IRS, and VITA sites follow strong procedures to ensure quality.

Tractor pulling manure wagon in field of cornstalks
December 14, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator training on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Commercial manure applicators can attend the annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements.

flier for Women Managing Farm Finances in Toledo Iowa with dates and times
December 14, 2018

Women's roles in agriculture continue to expand.  In Iowa, one in five principle operators or primary managers of farm businesses are women.  Women involved in agriculture in Iowa have a significant economic impact-nearly $500 million.

buck deer with antlers standing in snow
November 30, 2018

Ames, Iowa – Thousands of Iowans will take part in the annual shotgun deer hunting season that begins this weekend across the state. As the season begins, staying informed and taking best-management practices regarding Chronic Wasting Disease is of the upmost importance for all hunters, landowners and deer-consumers.

farmer kneeling in soybean field and examining plants
November 30, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help producers make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.

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