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Let's Talk About Relationships

by Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life On our Science of Parenting Blog (https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/trends/), we're currently discussing different...

 

Biosecurity is Tougher in Cold Weather

Dave Stender, Swine Program Specialist One of the top challenges for swine producers during the winter is biosecurity. Cold weather increases the length of time some viruses can survive in the...

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program available to Iowans

SHELDON, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance Jan Monahan reminds individuals that tax season is upon us and assistance is available. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) progra...

 

Late Winter is an Ideal Time to Prune Landscape Trees

AMES, Iowa – Once the snow and ice begin to melt, Iowans should be able to get an early start on at least one aspect of property care: pruning trees. According to the article “Pruning Landscape Trees,” found in the January edition of Acreage...

 

Goal Setting for Your Family in the New Year

by Lori Hayungs, ISU Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life As we wrap up the first month of 2020, I’d like to share an article from my friend and colleague, Barb Dunn Swanson, in hopes that you and your family find some inspiration from it. Are...

 

The 'Flu' or Food Poisoning? And What to Do About It

by Renee Sweers, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness Influenza (often referred to as the 'flu') is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract (the nose, throat and lungs)....

 

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings to be held in Rock Rapids, Sibley, Spirit Lake and Orange City

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Project STOMP, will offer four free Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings in Northwest Iowa during February and early-March. The training is open to any...

 

Trees or 5 Free Crapemyrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation

Local residents can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive 10 free flowering trees or five...

 

Dairy Goat Production on the Rise in Iowa

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Iowa currently ranks third in the nation for total milking goats, with the inventory up three percent from January 2018 standing at 32,000 dairy goats and 217 licensed dairies. The Iowa State University Extension Dairy Team has...

 

The Poison in a Pothos

By Dawn Henderson, Horticulture Program Coordinator As most pet owners know, there are certain types of plants that should be kept out of reach or removed from the home once a pet is introduced. Cats...

 

Educational Farm Bill Meeting to be hosted Jan. 17 in Cherokee

CHEROKEE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is partnering with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide an education farm bill meeting on Jan. 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Lake Park Yacht Club in Cherokee....

 

Retirement Planning Workshop to be hosted in Sheldon

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area residents to join them for a two-session retirement preparation workshop on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Iowa Communi...

 

Reflections of 2019

by Kris Kohl, Ag Engineering Specialist The year 2019 will go down as a tough farming year due to weather and markets. It is very easy to look at a glass that is half full and focus on what has gone...

 

"Babysitting for Beginners" workshop to be offered Dec. 31 in Primghar

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a ”Babysitting for Beginners” workshop Dec. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Primghar. The program is open to youth in 4th grade...

 

Educational Farm Bill Workshop to be held in Sheldon on December 17

SHELDON, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is partnering with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct 2018 Farm Bill workshops in Northwest Iowa throughout December. Producers, agri-business personnel, landowners and...

 

Clippings from Iowa State University Extension

by Gary Wright Recently, I had the privilege of joining Dr. Steve Meyer and Former State Senator Steve Warnstadt to discuss agriculture challenges with a group at the Western Iowa Tech Community...

 

Holiday Tears and Tantrums

by Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life ISU Extension During the holiday season, watch for signs of stress in your children. It can be a time of too little sleep and quiet moments and too much excitement, activity, and food. Is it...

 

Finances of Caregiving:

by Jan Monahan, Human Sciences, Family Finance Do you know where your safety deposit box key is located? Does your spouse know the location? If you were both killed in a car accident, would a loved...

 

The Importance of School Gardens

by Katelyn Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Educator School gardens aren't a new concept. In fact, they have been around since World War I. For decades school gardens have provided a place for children to...

 

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