County News

man and woman in kitchen doing dishes
August 28, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- In many ways, building a strong relationship is like building a house. It starts with laying a strong foundation. In healthy relationships, that foundation consists of trust and commitment, which must be intentionally nurtured. That’s the premise of Lay the Foundation, the third in a series of virtual meetings to help couples elevate their relationship during the COVID-19 outbreak.

downed corn
August 28, 2020

As farmers begin to evaluate the best management options for corn acres with severe derecho damage, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is providing a webinar on Sept. 2 that will address challenges and considerations for those acres that will remain unharvested. 

aerial view of corn fields
August 28, 2020

The crops team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is compiling helpful resources that cover topics such as safety and well-being, evaluating crops, grain storage, silage options and much more.

Man with hand on forehead looking out window.
August 14, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Iowans still are managing the uncertainly and anxiety produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drought related conditions have added another layer of stress for agriculture producers in many areas of the state. And now, many individuals and communities are facing the aftermath of an unusually powerful derecho – a widespread, straight-line windstorm – that surged through Iowa. Iowans may begin to wonder how much more stress they can take.

cleaning out sprayer nozzle
July 29, 2020

Gladbrook, Iowa - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson, will host two Private Pesticide Applicator recertification trainings at the Tama County Fairgrounds on August 10 and 11.  The trainings were canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification deadline was extended to September 30, 2020.

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July 29, 2020

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases, and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety.  And now our rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Deere planter in field
July 23, 2020

In the midst of the turmoil, agricultural production continues and along with that, decisions regarding farmland rental arrangements. With ongoing concerns to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management specialists will provide educational materials on farmland leasing in a variety of ways intended to reach individuals in the method most accessible.

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July 22, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Tama County will offer Master Gardener training designed for those who are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices.

table with exhibits at 4-H building on state fairgrounds
July 1, 2020

AMES, Iowa – While safety limitations put a hold on the Iowa State Fair this year, 4-H youth across Iowa will still have plenty of opportunities to showcase learning exhibits and participate in events online.A special exhibition, 4-H Show Iowa, will provide state level recognition to partially replace the loss of learning opportunities due to the postponement of this year’s Iowa State Fair. Included in these virtual celebrations are 4-H Exhibits, Communication Events and the Awardrobe Clothing Selection.  

girl hugging sheep
June 18, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Fairgrounds will host a Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show this summer, following the postponement of the 2020 Iowa State Fair.The revised schedule for 4-H livestock shows will be spread out over three weeks and held Thursday through Saturday – Aug. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.

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June 10, 2020

AMES, Iowa – As COVID-19 safety considerations have led to the postponement of the 2020 Iowa State Fair, a decision on 4-H youth learning exhibits is still underway.

jars of preserved food on pantry shelf
May 22, 2020

To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course. Food Preservation 101 is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

photo of Anne Tedore
May 14, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Beth Frankenstein, Anne Tedore, Julie Hering Kent, Justin Akers and Craig Leager have been hired to fill new regional director positions with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. They begin June 1.

man with COVID-19 mask outdoors touching hands through glass with elderly woman
May 12, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Over the past several weeks, many Iowans have been self-isolating to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. However, self-isolation can lead to increased loneliness and social isolation, particularly for older adults, according to Jeongeun Lee, an Iowa State University assistant professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies.

desktop with open computer screen
May 12, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The marketing limitations of COVID-19 are causing businesses owners across Iowa to consider ways to move sales online.

To help businesses take full advantage of online sales, the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development (FFED) and Community and Economic Development programs at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a webinar Tuesday, May 19 with a specialist from the online marketing program Square.

woman standing next to OPEN sign at restaurant
April 17, 2020

 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and other organizations are joining ranks to uplift the small business community throughout the entire state by starting the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. The other organizations in the alliance are The Director’s Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, League of United Latin American Citizens - Iowa (LULAC Iowa), One Voice, DREAM Iowa and Iowa Community Capital.

April 10, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Most Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in-person events throughout the state through May 31 have been canceled. However, ISU Extension and Outreach remains committed to serving Iowans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ag sprayer driving down the road
April 10, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship continues to update its pesticide applicator requirements amid ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 2, IDALS and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that some regulatory and certification provisions would be temporarily suspended. As of April 3, the state now has new options for those impacted by canceled certification testing.

The options differ as to whether the applicator is applying pesticides to agricultural commodities, and is considered “agriculture,” or whether they are “non-agriculture” (turf, ornamental, pest control, etc.).

farmer next to John Deere tractor
March 31, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 31, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, extension personnel and other interested parties during the week of April 6. The theme will be “Essential Row Crop Management for Spring 2020,” with a focus on topics to be addressed prior to planting season. 

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