ISU Extension video down on the farm

Posted on: May 12, 2010
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The ISU Extension video team recently made a trip to MoGoOrganic Farms to visit with owner Morgan Hoenig. Hoenig was recently in the news when President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made a visit to her farm Tuesday, April 27.
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Morgan Hoenig, owner of MogoOrganic Farms, talks about her business

We visited Hoenig to talk about how she has worked with ISU Extension over the last several years as she took her farm from idea to reality. We got Hoenig on camera talking about her farm and her involvement with ISU Extension — starting with becoming a Master Gardener and using various resources and contacts since then.

However, we also had time to get to know Hoenig a bit, and she shows a true passion for what she does and what the future holds for her and MoGoOrganic. Whether talking about what her community-supported agriculture subscribers can expect in their baskets this summer or what the next phase of her barn remodel is, Hoenig is always ready to excitedly tell you.

Other ISU Extension staff stopped by and caught up with Hoenig, including Bob Dodds, regional extension education director, Janet Smith, program specialist for families and youth who helped point Hoenig to several resources, and Marsha Laux, program coordinator with the value added agriculture program and mentor to Hoenig as she developed a business plan.

Hoenig is a great example of a young farmer taking the first steps and building her business from the ground up, using the resources available to her. Hoenig also gives back to her community — she manages the Mt. Pleasant farmers’ market, which starts May 22, and has given talks to various groups in her area, as well as school tours. Look for more on Hoenig in the coming weeks as we release our video and the news team puts together an article.

–video team

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Posted on: April 8, 2010
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facebook-icontwitter_iconHave you been over to ISU Extension’s Facebook page, or our Twitter account? Join us on both to enter the conversation and gain access to additional ISU Extension news and happenings.

New Extension campaign underway

Posted on: April 6, 2010
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ItStartsWithExWHITEThe new campaign from Iowa State University Extension, “It Starts With Extension,” is now underway in counties across Iowa. Five television announcements were created for the campaign and you should start seeing those show up on your local affiliates in the coming months. Until then, the spots can be viewed here on the video site, as well as on our Facebook page. To find out more about the “It Starts With Extension” campaign, visit the pages for schools, youth, environment and employers, and watch for other county and statewide activities.

FDIC Honors Financial Education Work of ISU Extension Specialist

Posted on: December 7, 2009
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Pat Swanson, ISU Extension family financial management specialist and adjunct instructor in human development and family studies, has been honored as the leader of a national eXtension team providing access to more than 300 financial educators at Land Grant universities across the country. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation presented awards to six financial education programs in recognition of the FDIC’s 75th anniversary. Read more...

Healthy Holiday Meal To Please the Family and the Budget

Posted on: November 20, 2009
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It is possible to serve a Thanksgiving dinner for eight that tastes great and costs just under $30. It’s healthy too.  Read more.

Feedlot Forum 2010 Series Begins in December

Posted on: November 20, 2009
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Iowa State University Extension specialists will offer production and feedlot information during the Iowa Beef Center Feedlot Forum 2010 series that begins in December. Get information on meeting locations.

Healthy Homemade Calendar Puts Nutrition and Fitness on Same Page

Posted on: November 10, 2009
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A 2010 calendar now available from ISU Extension promotes healthy homemade meals and physical activity. Low cost, easy recipes and activities fill the pages. Read how to get your copy.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Pledges $150,000 to Support Iowa 4-H Youth Programs

Posted on: November 10, 2009
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Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, announced a $150,000 matching gift pledge to the Iowa 4-H Foundation to support youth programs. The contribution launches the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s President’s Campaign fundraising effort.

Late Harvest May Affect Insurance Coverage

Posted on: November 10, 2009
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With harvest moving very slowly producers may need to request additional time to complete harvest from their crop insurance company. More information

Precision Agriculture Expo Held at Crawfordsville

Posted on: September 30, 2009
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Using auto-steer and the latest satellite technology, farmers could drive or just sit back and ride while the computers did the work during precision agriculture field demonstrations held recently at the Southeast Research Farm. What they learned…

ISU Extension and Fairfield Join in Sustainability Effort

Posted on: September 30, 2009
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An ISU Extension community economic development program specialist who has expertise in sustainable living and energy efficient technology will work with the City of Fairfield on a grant-funded sustainable city demonstration project. See details

Ask the ISU Garden Experts: Lilac Mildew, Magnolia Scale and Cockscomb

Posted on: August 31, 2009
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This week’s answers discuss powdery mildew on lilacs, treating scale infestations on magnolias and how to preserve cockscomb. Learn more…

We have more on ISU Extension’s Yard and Garden site.