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Fall 2020 Courses for Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is sponsoring Continuing Instruction Courses (CIC) for Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicators.  You may download a registration form by visiting the PSEP Website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/psep/. You may also contact your local extension office for registration forms and additional information.  PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and walk-ins are NOT guaranteed admission.

Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Pest Management Categories. 2, 5, 6, and 10 October 21st, 9:00 a.m.
Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Categories 7D, 8 and 10 October 28th, 9:00 a.m.
Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Categories 3O, 3T, 3OT, and 10 November 4th, 9:00 a.m.
Fumigation (Commercial and Private fumigators) Categories 7C and 10 November 17th, 9:00 a.m.
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10 November 18th, 9:00 a.m.
Pest Control Operators Categories 7A, 7B, 8 and 10 December 2nd, 9:00 a.m.
Aerial Applicators Categories 11 and 10 Program available after November 1st
Greenhouse and Ornamental Applicators Cat. 3G, 3O and 10 Employers will be notified when the program is available

The Fall 2020 Continuing Instruction Courses will be held at the Union County Extension office at 500 E. Taylor Street in Creston.  Space is limited.  Preregistration is REQUIRED and Walk-ins are NOT Guaranteed admission.  We will follow the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines for social distancing. 
The fees for service will be used to offset direct expenses and to support the Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Program.
Questions about program content, contact the PSEP Program at (515) 294-1122.
To Preregister for the Continuing Instruction Courses, contact the Union County Extension office at (641) 782-8426.



Human Sciences virtual programs coming up this Fall:

Child Care Provider Training - Online:

Learn about healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities you can offer for children in your care. Topics available related to nutritionfinance, and family life.
Intended audience: Early childhood professionals
Format: One 2-hour class; several topics available
Certification: Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) approved
Cost: Sessions are $5 each.
Credit: 2 hours credit 

  • Cent$ible: Getting What You Want - October 8th, 6:30 pm - or - October 10th, 9:00 am
  • Actions speak Louder than Words - October 22nd, 6:30 pm - or - October 24th, 9:00 am
  • Preschoolers and Pennies - November 5th, 6:30 pm - or - November 7th, 9:00 am
  • Safe Food for a Healthy Future - November 19, 6:30 pm - or - November 21st, 9:00 am

For additional information click on or copy and paste this link in your web browser:  https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/cc-provider

County News

September 25, 2020

Human Sciences newsletters Words on Wellness and News You Can Use focus on providing you with tips on healthy living, food safety, recipes, and activities for your health and well-being. 

October 14, 2020
Use the coming chilly weather to cool your stored grain. Run bin aeration fans when outdoor air is 10-15 degrees cooler than the grain. Repeat cooling cycles until grain temperature is below 40 degrees. More details at https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/blog/shawn-shouse/cool-stored-grain-now
September 28, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for an adult with a chronic health condition. Caregiving can be a stressful respensibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver.  It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Barara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 28, 2020

The 2020 theme for Preparedness Month is, “Disasters don’t wait.  Make your plan today.”  We learned this lesson acutely 2 weeks ago when we had only 30-40 minutes notice of our inland hurricane. 

swine facility
July 28, 2020
Learn techniques for better ventilation, concrete and truss management



4-H members can participate in a wide variety of 4-H projects and related activities, such as:


Union County 4-H features 11 clubs:

3 Mile Sharp Shooters, Wiggles & Wags, Sand Creek Pioneers, Pleasant Valley Explorers, New Hope Boosters, Lincoln United, Horse & Riders, Highland Highlights, Douglas Boosters, the Lego League and the First Tech Challenge Robotics club.

along with 8 Clover Kid groups:

Creston Clover Kids, Douglas Boosters Clover Kids, Lincoln United Clover Kids, New Hope Boosters Clover Kids, Pleasant Valley Clover Kids, Sand Creek Pioneers Clover Kids and Wiggles & Wags Clover Kids.

woodworking for wildlife.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to build homes for wildlife

4 videos: Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, shows how you can build an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. (Then you can sit on your new bench to watch the bats, birds and ducks at their new homes!)

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