The administrators of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach want to hear from Iowans about how Iowa State University in partnership with county Extension councils and other organizations can best serve the citizens of Iowa. Five town hall meetings have been scheduled across the state, including one Monday, August 27 in Story County.
* Monday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m., Ames: Iowa State University, Sun Room, Memorial Union
* Monday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m., Atlantic: Cass County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 805 West 10th Street
* Monday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m., Storm Lake: Prairie Lakes AEA Conference Room, 824 Flindt Drive
* Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m., Oskaloosa: Mahaska County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 212 North I Street
* Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m., Waterloo: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Law Court Theater, 225 Commercial Street
Cathann Kress, ISU Extension and Outreach vice president, and Terry Maloy, Iowa Association of County Extension Councils executive director, will participate in these important conversations with Iowans. ISU College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez will attend the Storm Lake and Oskaloosa meetings.
"We are committed to listening to Iowans as we carry out our mission. We want to gather feedback about what we are doing well, where we need to improve, and what needs to be addressed," says Kress. "All Iowans – citizens, community leaders, decision makers, partners, staff and Extension council members – are welcome."
For more information, contact the Dallas County Extension office at 515-993-4281.
"Greenhorn Grazing Series" continues in Southwest Iowa
In other ISU Extension news announced last week, the 2012 Greenhorn Grazing series offered in the Greenfield area has three segments remaining. Sessions are set for Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15 at the Adair County Extension office. Organizer Joe Sellers says that while these individual classes will build on the sessions held earlier this summer, the topics also will be of interest to new participants.
The Aug. 23, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15 sessions will all start at 10 a.m. each date. All will begin at the Adair County Extension office, 154 Public Square, Suite C, in Greenfield, and conclude with a pasture tour at an area farm. Fee is $20 per person for each session including lunch.
Sellers, who is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, says the August session features presentations on fencing and watering technologies, fence laws and forage quality including harvesting drought corn silage and green chop. A pasture walk at the Doug Steele farm near Anita will include display and demonstration of electric fencing and watering options.
"The September session will provide information on a wide variety of areas," Sellers says. "Topics include pasture leasing, planning for stockpiled grazing, mineral supplementation, winter feed planning, and a weed and brush control demo at the Everett Shepherd Farm."
The final session on Nov. 15 will cover stockpiled grazing, cornstalk grazing and winter feeding strategies including drought corn silage.
The Greenhorn Grazing Series is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Beef Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee. For more information about these southwest Iowa Greenhorn Grazing sessions, contact Sellers by phone at 641-743-8412 or by email at email@example.com, or NRCS Grasslands Specialist Rick Sprague by phone at 712-542-8765 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.