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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Webster County

This web-site is designed to help you make informative decisions that affect your family, home, community, business, or farm.  You  can rely on ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information an education to help you make better decisions today and tomorrow.




Office Hours:   Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm



Finding Answers Now: 

Unexpected events, such as natural disasters or economic downturns impact margins, but also have an impact far beyond the farm. There is a human side to the economic stress. As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.


Recovering from Disasters:

During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster.  This page is updated with research-based educational resources for specific types of disaster (flooding, drought, storm, etc.) when events occur.



ISU Hotline Numbers-

AnswerLine                                       1-800-262-3804

Iowa Concern                                    1-800-447-1985

Teen Line                                           1-800-443-8336

Healthy Families                               1-800-369-2229

Beginning Farmer Center               1-877-232-1999

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County News

July 19, 2018

Canned jars of salsaThis is a common question we hear from home food preservers.  Iowans can learn the answer to that question and how to "Preserve the Taste of Summer" during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.  The eight online lessons are continuously available and must be completed prior to participation in a hands-on workshop.  There will be a hands-on salsa workshop on Saturday, August 25th, from 9 am - 1 pm at the Badger Lutheran Church kitchen.

July 10, 2018

Following the Farmland Leasing Workshop on August 15th, there will be a free two-hour Managing Farmland Drainage Workshop starting at 1:00 p.m..  Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at no cost for those registered by August 13th for Farmland Drainage Workshop.

June 20, 2018

Map of Iowa with stars in NC countiesThe yearly farmland leasing meeting for Webster County has been set for August 15th at the Webster Co. Extension & Outreach office (217 S. 25th St., Ste. C12, Fort Dodge).  The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at noon. 

June 14, 2018

Suicide Awareness Ribbon

Suicide has been prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. The effects of suicide are often felt beyond the person who acted to take his or her life.  It can have a lasting impact on family, friends, schools, churches, work sites, and communities, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 11, 2018

This popular publication shows typical cash rental rates for corn and soybean tillable acres, as well as for land devoted to hay, oats, and pasture.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Horticulture Meets Citizenship at Soldier Garden

4-H youth are learning about horticulture, history, farming practices and citizenship in the Soldier Garden at the Fort Museum in Fort Dodge. 4-H’ers have planted and are taking care of the garden with guidance from ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners.

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