Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office The ADAIR COUNTY ISU EXTENSION & OUTREACH provides research-based learning opportunities for our citizens, communities and southwest Iowa region. We honor Iowa State University’s land-grant mission across Adair County.
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When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business or farm - look to Iowa State University Extension for research-based information and education to help you make better decisions. Adair County ISU Extension brings the University to you!

02/29/2020
A Place of Your Own: Homebuyer Online Course Gets a Makeover
02/28/2020
A Place of Your Own: Homebuyer Online Course Gets a Makeover

A Place of Your Own: Homebuyer Online Course Gets a Makeover

No matter how exciting the prospect of owning a home can be, the process of buying a home can be daunting. “A Place of Your Own,” an online home buyer education course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, helps Iowans be savvy consumers as they navigate this big purchase.

March is National Nutrition Month!
02/27/2020

March is National Nutrition Month!

March's issue of "News You Can Use" has some great tips on how to use and store your canned green beans!
02/27/2020

March's issue of "News You Can Use" has some great tips on how to use and store your canned green beans!

Check out March's issue of "Words on Wellness" and learn the importance of washing your produce!
02/27/2020

Check out March's issue of "Words on Wellness" and learn the importance of washing your produce!

02/27/2020
Who's Your Iowa Farmer?
02/26/2020

Who's Your Iowa Farmer?

Happy National FFA Week. Today, we give a big shout out to FFA advisors across Iowa and the entire nation. We checked in with Rachel Stoberl, ag teacher at Boyer Valley, to understand FFA from an advisor’s perspective.

The 2019-2020 school year marks Stoberl’s seventh year in the teaching profession. After spending two years at OABCIG at Ida Grove, this is her 5th year at Boyer Valley in Dunlap. While growing up, Stoberl says she never imagined herself stationed by the owl (the advisors spot at meetings). During her high school years in FFA, she did serve as a chapter officer but wasn’t as active as she could have been.

After graduation, she headed off to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with little direction beyond a sincere interest in agriculture. “During my first few weeks at ISU, we had to go listen to professors in other departments/majors speak about their programs. I just fell in love with the ag ed department, their attitudes, enthusiasm and passion.” Stoberl was soon determined she would become an ag teacher. She hoped to encourage students to take advantage of the many things FFA has to offer, some opportunities she passed up during her own FFA career.

“I am not sure you can really prepare for all that being an ag teacher and FFA advisor encompasses. There are SO MANY different contests, events, and activities. I am very blessed to be in an area with experts in so many different areas of agriculture and FFA.” Stoberl says reaching out, involving others and asking for input contributes greatly to her success and that of her students. “Other ag teachers are literally the BEST. We may be in competition, but they are always willing to help, offer pointers, and provide encouragement. I know that my colleagues are just a call or text away and are so very helpful.”

Stoberl can cite many benefits to serving as an ag teacher and FFA advisor. “The biggest rewards I get from advising the FFA are seeing kids grow, watching them do what they are passionate about, and knowing I am doing my small part to prepare them for the future. Watching them start out as shy and timid freshmen and growing into confident young men and women as they walk into the job interview or ag sales contest is neat.”

Stoberl, who also farms with her husband Brian, knows that not all FFA members will go on to make their living through agriculture. They will, however, all become consumers of ag products. She feels strongly that students benefit from an education that includes a foundation in agriculture. Basic knowledge helps enable individuals to ask the right questions, recognize misleading information, and make informed decisions about agricultural issues.

The mother of two, Rylan (4) and Paislee (2), with a third child on the way, also hopes students will leave school having acquired an ongoing committment to helping others. A basic tenet of FFA is service to others. Rachel supports that initiative 100%. Last week, the Boyer Valley FFA Chapter participated in their 4th annual Meals from the Heartland food packaging event. In just four years, the chapter has packaged over 100,000 meals!

FFA is first and foremost about its student membership. But, the well-being of that membership depends on FFA advisors dedicated to embodying the words of the opening ceremony as they guide local chapters. “The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.”

Please give a big shout out of thanks to your school's current FFA advisor or to a past FFA advisor that influenced your life or the life of someone you care about it. Simply put the name of the advisor and school they served in the comment section. Feel free to add commentary about advisors that have lived up to the symbol of the owl, if you would like. #FFA2020

02/25/2020
Track Your Small Farm Marketing Costs with This Toolkit
02/24/2020
Track Your Small Farm Marketing Costs with This Toolkit

Track Your Small Farm Marketing Costs with This Toolkit

Learn how to track the true cost of marketing specialty crops with this helpful toolkit from the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

02/24/2020
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02/19/2020
Iowa State University Extension
02/19/2020

Iowa State University Extension

#DYK Growing high quality seedlings indoors isn’t difficult?!

🌱 Our Horticulture Experts share more on this rewarding hobby in this Yard & Garden! bit.ly/38I2Hyg

For additional questions reach out to Hortline: [email protected] or call 515-294-3108.

Iowa Department of Public Health
02/19/2020

Iowa Department of Public Health

Get the latest facts and Iowa data on novel coronavirus at http://bit.ly/2OceSLM.

Emerging Health Issues - Novel Coronavirus
02/19/2020
Emerging Health Issues - Novel Coronavirus

Emerging Health Issues - Novel Coronavirus

CDC is monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in China. The first U.S. case was announced January 21, 2020.

Last chance to register! Call the Extension Office to reserve your spot!
02/18/2020

Last chance to register! Call the Extension Office to reserve your spot!

02/18/2020
Iowa State University Extension
02/18/2020

Iowa State University Extension

Improving your farm profitability often starts with the basics, understanding cash flow vs. profitability.

📈 Our ISU Extension and Outreach FFED program manager, Craig, is here to offer support!

Read more on developing an income statement & a statement of cash flows.: bit.ly/31PzSh1

Iowa State University Extension
02/17/2020

Iowa State University Extension

Those interested in legally selling morel &/or oyster mushrooms in Iowa are invited to one of our two workshops!

🍄 By the end of this Extension Expert led workshop participants will be certified in recognizing true edible morel & oyster mushrooms!

For more information & registration: bit.ly/37Edh85

02/17/2020
Swine Building Maintenance the Topic of Statewide Workshops
02/17/2020
Swine Building Maintenance the Topic of Statewide Workshops

Swine Building Maintenance the Topic of Statewide Workshops

The overall profitability of a livestock production operation greatly depends on the age of the buildings. Swine producers can learn about building maintenance and upkeep at any of five workshops in March.

Guide Training Workshops Are Enrolling Now
02/17/2020
Guide Training Workshops Are Enrolling Now

Guide Training Workshops Are Enrolling Now

Registration is now open for statewide Guide Training workshops at three Iowa locations. This program was created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s cities and tourism attractions.

02/16/2020
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Call the Extension Office to register!
02/15/2020

Call the Extension Office to register!

02/15/2020
Iowa State University Extension
02/14/2020

Iowa State University Extension

We are always working to build a #StrongIowa. One way we do this is by certifying our staff in Mental Health First Aid.

🧠 Through this training our Extension staff can be comfortable & confident when engaging with individuals struggling with the strains of life, & support them in accessing resources.

Read more on this training: bit.ly/2OOawe0 & use our Iowa Concern Hotline for free & confidential support 24/7, 800-447-1985.

Who's Your Iowa Farmer?
02/14/2020

Who's Your Iowa Farmer?

Avid basketball fans, Bruce and Zola (Zietlow) Westphal follow the Nodaway Valley Wolverines. Class of 1945 graduates from Fontanelle, both played basketball during high school. They have high hopes for this year's teams. If either or both the boys and girls make it to State, the couple, now in their 90s, will make trips to Des Moines. They plan on demonstrating their purple pride donning school colors, and Bruce will wear his famous purple wig in the NV cheering section.

A bit of fun, mixed with faith and hard work, has been the key to the success of their 72-year marriage and life on the farm. Zola admits she was initially reluctant to date her high school classmate and WW II veteran. She knew he really wanted to be a farmer, a career choice that lacked appeal to her "town girl" sensibilities. However, her mother encouraged her to give the guy a chance, and so Zola relented.

In 1944, while still in high school, Bruce enlisted in the air force with dreams of flying airplanes. Instead, he was trained to be a gunman for B-29s. Replacing B17s and B24s, this was the first time electronic guns would be used in planes. Before he could be deployed overseas, the war ended. From Lowery Airforce Base in Denver, he was transferred to Truax Field in Wisconsin. Post-war duties included typing officers’ discharges. “We got a 3-day pass while I was in Wisconsin. I got out at 6:00 P.M. and hitchhiked to Greenfield, arriving by 6:00 A.M. I had a uniform and people picked me up and took me the whole way…. probably 20-30 cars.”

Given the option of being honorably discharged or staying in the service and heading to Japan for two years, Bruce chose to say, “Goodbye!” and returned home to Fontanelle late in November of 1945. “I wanted to get home and see Zola." His sweetheart was then studying music at Simpson College in Indianola. Bruce was soon a student as well, enrolling at Iowa State under the GI bill as “17197625." He quips, “When you were in the service, you were a number. Period.” While studying ag economics at ISU, Bruce could easily hitchhike to Simpson, spend the weekend with Zola, and return to Ames the same way.

The couple, who say the church has always played a central role in their lives, were married at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle on October 12, 1947. As active members, it continues as their worship home to this day. Zola, who started piano lessons at age 6 and then taught herself the organ, served as the church organist for 70 years. She had the opportunity to participate in community transitions across the decades, playing for numerous weddings and funerals.

For the first couple years of their marriage, Bruce worked for Zola’s dad, who owned a men’s clothing store on the square in Fontanelle. The first of the Westphal's three daughters, Nancy, was born in 1948. The following year, the young family had the chance to rent 160 acres on shares from Charley Geesman. They moved to the farm south of Fonantelle in 1949 and their family continued to grow. Sherol was born in 1950, followed by Celia in 1954. “We started with less than nothing.” Bruce milked 8-10 cows by hand. Since Zola didn’t think much of raising chickens, the chicken house was converted into a farrowing house.

Lack of money was not the only difficulty. Zola, especially, felt the isolation of rural life at the time. “I was so lonesome cause Bruce would go to the field and we had no telephone, no bathroom, no running water. It was me and the girls.” Bruce adds, “Finally, we were able to get a telephone, but we had to pay for it.” After 9 years on the Geeseman place, they rented the Ernest Miller farm north of town. “It put us right in Baudlerville. The Baudlers were neighbors in all directions.” There, the couple fed cattle, raised hogs, and farmed the ground. Over time, they were able to save for the purchase of a Case tractor and a mounted picker.

Zola, once the town girl, eventually proved herself a good farmer, impressing Bruce with her acquired skills. “One winter, I got the flu, and Zola had to take care of the sows. They were the best pigs we ever raised.” In the 1960’s, the couple bought their current home, located right across the road from where Bruce was raised southeast of Fontanelle. They built one of the first confinement hog barns in the area. Another innovative step the Westphals’ took was going no-till. “I have no-tilled for over 40 years and used cover crops. It is important to care for our soil.” Bruce also did a lot of custom baling after acquiring one of the very first big round balers in Adair County.

Bruce has always held fast to the principle of being honest and forthright in all his dealings. Early in his farming career, he recalls buying some Angus cattle at a sale in Greenfield, only to discover that the original owner failed to disclose they carried brucellosis. Ultimately, the Wesphals had to sell both their milk cows and stock cows to rid themselves of the disease. While disappointing, the experience only strengthened Bruce’s belief in the value of honesty. “If your word isn’t any good, then your paper isn’t either,” he quipped quoting one of his former landlords.

When asked about their secret to a 70+ year marriage, Bruce shared how well they have always gotten along and enjoyed time with each other. “All of our married life, we ate popcorn together every Sunday evening!”

We wish the Westphals an extra special Valentine's Day and plenty of popcorn, as we thank them for being positive role models for so many others in the Adair County community.

Stop by an enjoy a donut today! #donuts4dan
02/14/2020

Stop by an enjoy a donut today! #donuts4dan

Great job, Carley!
02/13/2020

Great job, Carley!

Calving season is officially here! 🐮🌟🖤

Congratulations to our 2020 Heifer Program Recipient, Carley Fagan, for welcoming two of her 1st calves this year!

We’re excited to be able to offer the opportunity to help young cattlemen and cattlewomen build their own cow herd in Adair County. Contact a board member to learn more about our Heifer Program!

02/13/2020
02/13/2020
Workshops Planned for Morel and Oyster Mushroom Certification
02/12/2020
Workshops Planned for Morel and Oyster Mushroom Certification

Workshops Planned for Morel and Oyster Mushroom Certification

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer workshops on March 21 and April 4 for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel and oyster mushrooms within Iowa.

Greenfield Chamber Main Street
02/12/2020

Greenfield Chamber Main Street

Address

154 Public Sq
Greenfield, IA
50849

General information

Deena Wells - Office Manager & Empowering Adair County Foundation Emily Ide - County Youth Coordinator Danielle Morgan - Youth Development Coordinator Kathy Rohrig - Ag Program Coordinator Erika Lundy - Beef Specialist

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(641) 743-8412

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Showpig Sale this Friday night March 22nd in Afton at the Union County Fairgrounds that will be perfect aged pigs for this years county fair!
Kendall Fecher was considered for the 4-h gallery photo award with her photo!!