County News

young corn in rows
April 19, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Results of a recent Iowa Beef Center evaluation of extension grazing programs showed that while 80% of respondents already incorporate cover crops (winter annuals) into their farming enterprise, there’s an overall interest in additional research on adding forage alternatives to existing cattle production systems. Those findings led to a two-year project on utilizing cool and warm season annual forages into the grazing or stored feed system in cattle operations.

ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab is involved with the study led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff, and said the project begins with three field days over the next few weeks.

April 14, 2021

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Public Health and University of Iowa are partnering to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine in April. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of experts in medicine and public health.

April 8, 2021

The 2021 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, “Quest to Be Your Best,” will take place June 29-July 1. Approximately 500 teens are expected to converge on the Iowa State University campus for speakers, educational workshops, cultural exploration and service learning.

April 8, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.

Sprayer in corn field
March 4, 2021

Robert Hartzler

This year's herbicide field guide by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach gives special attention to volunteer corn and weed resistance.

Read Across Iowa Logo
March 4, 2021

.Read Across Iowa kicked off this week with dozens of events around the state and a live, virtual read aloud of the book “My Family’s Soybean Farm” by the author, Katie Oltoff. Read Across Iowa is a month-long celebration of the joys of reading to students of all ages, making all children feel valued and welcomed.

2 people with grocery cart full of vegetables beside a Growing Together sign
February 16, 2021

Communities across Iowa will receive Master Gardener Mini-Grants to support food security and promote healthy food access.

couple holding hands
February 9, 2021

Farm couples in need of a relaxing break have three weekend options this spring, provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and partners.

Man and woman in kitchen
February 4, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Health often is the key factor in whether people can remain in their home as they grow older. Beginning Feb. 17, Iowa State University is offering a free online series to help Iowans remain healthy and independent as they age.

dumping grain into grain cart
January 27, 2021

Webinars planned. In order to help Iowans understand their options for 2021, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a series of webinars. The lead webinar is on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m., and will feature staff from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency addressing program logistics, changes for 2021, and how producers can best work with their county FSA staff and offices that may remain closed to the public through the sign-up date.

mature pasture with fence and tree line
January 15, 2021

Many pastures in Iowa were stressed in 2020, either from dry conditions, storm damage, or over grazing. Pasture grasses require rest, nutrition, and proper management to reach optimum production. Several meetings will be held in northeast Iowa to focus on pasture recovery in 2021. 

hogs in confinement building
January 8, 2021

Sherry Hoyer

PorkBridge educational program begins Feb. 4 and offers insight from many experts, including Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

collecting sample from back of sprayer
January 8, 2021

Kristine Schaefer

A statewide private pesticide applicator course will be offered online on Jan. 20 through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Male senior citizen talking on phone
December 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed in Iowa, scams are being reported that are preying on those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection, such as older adults. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists say you can protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the facts.

December 3, 2020

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program will host a statewide online 2020 Commercial Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) Reshow week from December 14 through December 18, 2020. Commercial Applicators needing to attend a 2020 CIC program should contact their county extension office to preregister. Attendees will need a computer and a good internet connection to participate in the programs.

close up of green liquid manure applicator in field
December 2, 2020

Daniel Andersen, Rachel Kennedy, Melissa McEnany

Commercial manure applicator certification is being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January.

green tractor and manure applicator in field
December 2, 2020

Daniel Andersen, Rachel Kennedy, Melissa McEnany

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer confinement site manure applicator workshops in January and February 2021.

John Deere combine in soybean field
November 11, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- The year 2020 brought many challenges and uncertainties to the world, and agriculture most definitely felt the impact.Wild price swings, supply chain disruptions and economic hardships caused farmers across Iowa to review their finances and operating plan in great detail.During these difficult times – and any time farmers are looking for financial advice, they can turn to the Farm Financial Planning Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

woman with head in hands
November 11, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The holidays can be stressful in any year. With the added stress from the pandemic and isolation, what will the holidays be like in the year of COVID-19?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with COVID Recovery Iowa, will begin offering the online program, “How to Manage Holiday Stress During a Pandemic,” to provide education about how to manage and process these feelings.

4-H members sitting around a table
October 28, 2020

Iowans are invited to join the State 4-H Council in a community effort to donate nonperishable food items throughout November. Food items will then be donated to local food pantries, churches, etc., in their respective counties following the end of the month. The goal is to reach 10,000 donated food items through the end of the drive.

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