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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.




important update The Webster County Extension & Outreach office is now OPEN to the public.  We are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Visit Open for Iowa to learn our protocols to keep Iowans healthy and safe. Clients are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.


Finding Answers Now: 

COVID-19, 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.


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

October 5, 2020

radon in the home registrationRadon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that comes from the ground.  It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer.  The U.S. environmental protection agency estimates that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and is a serious public health problem. 

September 18, 2020

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The next ServSafe training scheduled for Fort Dodge on December 7.  You need to register at least 3 weeks before the date and the size of the classes will be limited. 

September 18, 2020

looking for ways to stretch reduced incomesConcerned about your finances, but don't know where to start?  A confidential phone or email conversation can walk you through some options and ideas.  Get in touch with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family finance program specialist, Barb Wollan at bwollan@iastate.edu or by leaving a message at 515-832-9597.

July 15, 2020

emerald ash borerThe invasive emerald ash borer has been detected for the first time in Webster county. EAB larvae were collected from infested trees in Fort Dodge. This exotic pest that attacks and kills ash tree species has now been confirmed in 73 Iowa counties.  EAB feeds under the bark of ash trees during its larval stage, which damages and eventually kills the trees by disrupting the transport of water and nutrients. Infested trees typically die within two to four years.

May 8, 2020

cash rental rates for iowa 2020 surveyThis survey shows typical cash rental rates by county for corn and soybean tillable acres, as well as for land devoted to hay, oats, and pasture at the crop reporting district level. 

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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