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Conservation

Kubik Family Farm field day draws a crowd

A field day focusing on soil health in grazing systems sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Learning Farms was held on the rural Traer farm of Ray and JoEllen Kubik* on July 6. The Kubiks raise cattle with Alex and Lisa Kubik, and Jordan and Sierra Hagedon. The event drew close ...

Tama Co. Conservation to hire new naturalist

In the wake of last month’s swearing-in of new park officer Riley Conrad and the recent hiring of naturalist intern Coralee Bodeker, another new hire is now on the horizon for Tama County Conservation as naturalist Brendan Kelly recently announced his plans to resign. During the July 6 ...

What is a Mudbug?

If you’ve ever been out hiking and noticed a tiny volcano made of mud, you’ve seen the home of a mudbug! Actually, mudbug is just another name for crayfish...just like crawdad or crawfish! Iowa boasts eight species of crayfish, but in this article, we’re going to talk about three species ...

Tama Co. 4-H receives Pioneer grant to replant fairground trees

Each year, Iowa 4-H Club Community Involvement projects are sponsored by Pioneer and the Iowa 4-H Foundation in conjunction with Iowa 4-H and Youth Programs. Pioneer provides up to $5,000 to selected 4-H clubs in Iowa. Awards are made directly to the clubs through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. ...

Field day to be held July 6 on Kubik Farm in rural Traer

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Learning Farms are offering three field days focused on soil health in grazing systems. In these hands-on field days, attendees will learn how to assess soils on their own properties. Each location will feature a soil pit with discussion of ...

Tama Co. SWCD poster winners announced

The Tama County Soil and Water Conservation District office recently announced its 2022 Stewardship Week Poster Contest winners. This year's theme was "Healthy Soil, Healthy Life." The countywide winner was Union fourth grader Cooper Youngblut. Youngblut attends Dysart-Geneseo Elementary in ...

Conrad sworn in as Tama Co. Park Officer

The monthly meeting of the Tama County Board of Conservation began in a celebratory manner this past Wednesday, June 1, with the official swearing-in of Riley Conrad as a full-time Tama County Park Officer. Conservation Director Stephen Mayne announced during the regular May meeting that he ...

Holding on and taking root

A prairie plant propagation story four painstaking years in the making came full circle on Thursday, May 26, at UNI’s Irvine Prairie in northwest Benton County thanks to the assistance of a pair of Union High School science classes. The Irvine Prairie – a 77-acre prairie-in-progress ...

The Buzz on Iowa Beekeeping

Join Tama County Women, Land & Legacy for its upcoming event, “The Buzz on Iowa Beekeeping.” It will be held on Monday, June 6, at the Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel Street in Tama. Registration and dessert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is ...