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Agriculture

Dengler Domain: Beginning farmer

To be a beginning farmer today if one does not have access to land and machinery from family or an older farmer is not wise. This is not good for rural Iowa. Rural Iowa succeeded when more farmers were on the land. As Iowa heads down this current path, there is not an effective way out. Schools ...

Tama-Benton Cooperative opens doors to new Dysart building

DYSART – The towering Tama-Benton Cooperative grain bins have been a familiar fixture on the Dysart skyline for decades – viewable from every direction and operating as a beacon to farmers bringing grain to town. And while that view remains unchanged from a distance, in early January – ...

Tama County Extension wins ‘Creativity in Service to All Iowans’ award

MASON CITY – The trio behind Tama County Extension and Outreach’s fantastic educational programming has claimed another County Services Award – the Creativity in Service to All Iowans award. Back on Jan. 16, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach North Central Area Awards Ceremony ...

Tama County senior crowned 2024 Iowa Pork Queen

DES MOINES – Tama County high school senior Lilly Bru recently beat out seven other finalists for the title of 2024 Iowa Pork Queen. Bru of Gladbrook, Abby Elsamiller of Waverly, and Aubrey Johnson of Iowa Falls were honored on Jan. 24 as the 2024 Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team. They were ...

‘Women Marketing Grain’ available to Tama County residents

MARSHALLTOWN — A four-session series, Women Marketing Grain, is being offered this March by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Marshall and Tama counties to assist women in learning how to market old- and new-crop corn and soybeans. Each of the four classes is three hours long, ...

Tama SWCD to host free upcoming cover crop and livestock event

TOLEDO – Join Tama Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) for its upcoming event, “Above, Below & Cattle: the ABCs of soil health and profitability.” It will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at the Reinig Toledo Civic Center, 1007 S. Prospect Drive in Toledo from 9 a.m. to 2 ...

2024 Spring Master Gardener training offered

TAMA COUNTY – The application window is opening January 15 for the 2024 Spring Master Gardener training cohort, which will be offered in 29 counties or extension regions. Iowans wishing to become Master Gardener volunteers choose a county to complete training through, participate in ...

‘Take Root’ farm continuation workshops coming to Traer

TRAER - The Iowa Farm Bureau’s "Take Root" program helps farmers develop a comprehensive, managed approach for their family farm’s continuation and growth from the roots up – helping ensure that what farmers are doing today will create an enduring legacy for future generations. Two ...

Master Gardener Home Gardening Series begins Jan. 9

AMES – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will again host the Home Gardening Webinar Series, beginning in January and ending in March. Sessions will take place every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m., ending March 12. Designed for anyone who is interested in ...