County News

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.

young soybean plants in field
November 28, 2018

 

Results of the 2018 ISU Land Value Survey will be announced at a news conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames. The annual survey is conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and ISU Extension and Outreach.

3 women and 1 man holding certificates
November 20, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Twenty-five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff members were honored in October at the Iowa 4-H YouthFest professional development conference. Award recipients were recognized for their impact on local communities, accomplishments in their field and embodiment of the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H mission.

Chain link fence.  White sign with "Disease Control Area" and red stop sign.
November 18, 2018

The recent spread of African Swine Fever in China has elevated the importance of biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a domestic or foreign animal disease entering farms. Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are offering a no-cost workshop to help attendees learn about, develop and prioritize biosecurity practices.

Male student \ looking through microscope while other students wait their turn
November 2, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa on December 1.

Large letter Q with the words Beef Quality Assurance beside it
November 2, 2018

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

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October 28, 2018

Iowa voters in every county have the opportunity to elect five members to their county’s Iowa State University Extension and Outreach council in the Nov. 6 general election.

woman sitting at computer
October 15, 2018

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.

wrapped baked goods displayed on a table at a farmers' market
October 15, 2018

Iowans with home-based food operations may attend a fall workshop covering regulations and food safety best practices to ensure safe handling of their products from the kitchen to the point of sale. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops Nov. 12 in Ames and Dec. 3 in Peosta.I

Photo of Lucy Amundsen
October 12, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach local foods program will host a webinar Oct. 25. Lucie Amundsen, writer, marketer and co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company, will discuss farm marketing and building your enterprise’s brand.

Young tree in snow
October 12, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Trees and shrubs are not as active in winter, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored through the cold season. Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority.

Garden with green plants
July 25, 2018

You don't have to be an expert gardener to take Master Gardener training.  Learn about gardening and growing food and plants during this training.  Give back to your community by sharing what you have learned with others.  Register online by August 24.

Farmland Leasing Meeting
July 25, 2018

Steve Johnson, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist will conduct a 3 hour workshop discussing current cash rental rates, land ownership survey results, and strategies for writing/ terminating a farm lease.

March 20, 2018

Estate Planning Seminar will be held Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Tama County Extension and Outreach office in Toledo

Topics will include: Property Ownership, Wills, Federal Estate Tax, Iowa Inheritance Tax, Gifting

Pre-registration is requested by April 9. Please call 641-484-2703 to register. Fee $10/person $15/couple

Any questions please call Cheryl 641-484-2703 registration

December 20, 2017

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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.

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