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by Carol Ehlers, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Finance When prioritizing expenses, a major household bill is utilities (e.g., electricity, gas, water and sewer, landline and cell phone, and...

 

Preparing Your Garden for Winter

by Katelyn Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Educator The end of the growing season is creeping up on us as colder temperatures start to move in. It is time for us to start thinking about our after-harvest care for our vegetable gardens. Proper care in the...

 

New Records in the Dairy Industry; But What is Ahead?

by Fred Hall, Dairy Program Specialist As I pen this article, CME spot Cheddar block prices rocketed up 22.75? today, by far the largest daily advance on record. Blocks have rallied by more than $1/lb. from their mid-August low, recouping nearly 75 p...

 

Clover Explorer activities-by-mail offered to area 1st through 3rd graders

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O’Brien County Youth Coordinator Sarah Fiddelke and K-12 Program Specialist Kate Stewart love hosting Clover Kids for first through third graders throughout the county each school...

 

Embrace Your Support Network

by Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life As human beings, we feel many emotions and the calling to be connected to one another. The connections give us a sense of security, safety and...

 

ISU Extension Clippings

by Richard Jauron, Extension Horticulturist Onions are a staple in the kitchen. If properly harvested, cured and stored, homegrown onions can be enjoyed through much of fall and winter. When should...

 

Watering Plants in the Garden and Landscape

By Richard Jauron AMES, Iowa -- Rainfall in portions of Iowa have been well below normal over the last three months. Plants will need to be watered in dry areas to ensure a bountiful vegetable or fruit crop or an attractive landscape. Two important...

 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Kohlrabi is a vegetable that is often overlooked at the farmers market or store unless you grew up eating and growing it at home. It is a crisp, sweet vegetable that is in the cabbage family. Kohlrabi is a cole crop. Cole crops is the general term...

 

I-29 Moo University Launches New Dairy Podcast

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Dairy producers in the I-29 corridor and across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a podcast launched by the I-29 Moo University dairy consortium. Extension dairy...

 

Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep quickinars promote gardening and healthy eating

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased food preparation and mealtime at home, as well as sparked renewed interest in gardening and food preservation. In response to this movement, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and...

 

100 Years Later: The Return of the Victory Gardens

by Katelyn Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Educator "The War Garden was the chrysalis. The Victory Garden is the butterfly." - Victory Gardens Feed the Hungry: The Needs of Peace Demand the Increased...

 

Resources for Dealing with Financial Stress

by Jan Monahan, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Finance It is a scary and stressful time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and/or struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for...

 

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...

 

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