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Agriculture

  • Ask the Experts: Caring for berries

    Raspberries are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about raspberry varieties, planting sites and times, as well as growing blackberries in Iowa. To have additional questions answered, contact the Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    What would be a good planting site for raspberries?

  • Ask the Experts: fruit trees

    Few things are more enjoyable for homeowners than going out the back door to pick ripe juicy fruit from a tree. With some planning even homeowners with only small yard space can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about selecting pear, plum and apricot varieties. To have additional questions answered, contact the Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    What are some good pear varieties for Iowa?  

  • Red Oak FFA excels in Southwest District

    CORNING — Members of the Red Oak FFA Chapter participated in the Southwest District FFA Convention held on Saturday at Corning High School.  

    While at the convention, 11 members participated in Career Development Events (CDEs).

    The Conduct of Meetings CDE Team performed and received a Silver Rating.  Team members included:  Kylie Pendleton, Chase Rea, Haley Woods, Garrett Patterson, Caleb Orme, Deborah Kort, and Mary Kate Bailey.

    Danny Carlson received a Silver Rating in Oxy-Acetylene Welding CDE.

  • Boswell to discuss farm bill in Red Oak

    RED OAK —  A U.S. Congressman running for re-election will be in Red Oak this weekend to discuss the federal farm bill.

    According to a press release from his campaign, Congressman Leonard Boswell will be hosting the listening post Saturday at 1:30 p.m., in the Red Oak Library at 400 N. Second Street.

    Boswell (D-Iowa) will be discussing rural issues including the 2012 farm bill.

  • Ornamental, turfgrass application course offered in Red Oak

    RED OAK — Montgomery County will offer the Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, March 7.

    The program can be seen at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program.

    The local attendance site is Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the course runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $45.

  • Farm Bureau At the Capitol

    Farmers representing Montgomery, Adams, Union and Taylor County Farm Bureaus traveled to the state Capitol on Tuesday, February 21, for Iowa Farm Bureau’s annual day on the hill. The group was able to meet with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) to discuss issues in the state legislature as well as important issues facing Iowa farmers.

  • Wallace Foundation hosting annual meeting

    LEWIS — The 21st Annual Meeting of the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development will be held Friday, March 16, at the Learning Center located at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.

    This year’s program will begin at 10 a.m. with presentations by David Laird, ISU professor of Agronomy and Environmental Science, and Elwynn Taylor, ISU extension climatologist.

    Following a complimentary lunch, the annual business meeting will be conducted.

  • ISU Extension offers certified handlers program March 14

    RED OAK — Montgomery County will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 14.

    The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment program (PME).

    The local attendance site is Extension Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9-11 a.m.

    The registration fee is $35 on or before March 7 and $45 after March 7.

  • ‘A Garden is the way to Grow’ accepting grant applications

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today invited Iowa schools to consider applying for a grant through the “A Garden is the way to Grow” initiative that is being offered through the Iowa Farm to School Program. 

    The initiative will provide $350 grants to up to twenty Iowa schools to support the establishment or expansion of a school garden.

    All applications must be submitted by March 16, 2012.

  • National Agricultural Day set for Thursday

    March 8 is National Ag Day, a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture.

    As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States.

    The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:

    1) understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.