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Agriculture

Local staff earn honors through ISU Extension

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices in the north central area announced award recipients for outstanding achievements in 2021. Cheryl Bruene, Jenny Hulme, and Sara Sorensen received the Excellence in COVID Recovery award for developing and engaging partnerships that ...

Tama SWCD highlights local stewardship with annual awards

Tama Soil and Water Conservation District recently celebrated its 2020 and 2021 conservation award winners with an official announcement on Facebook. The District’s Friend of Conservation Award is presented annually to Tama Countians who make over-the-top efforts to promote the stewardship ...

Windbreak School sweeping its way across Iowa

Iowa is in desperate need of a windbreak renaissance, according to a forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Windbreaks and shelterbelts act as critical farm infrastructure – providing energy savings, livestock growth gains, timber and non-timber forest ...

Beef Team celebrates busy year

The Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team held its Annual Banquet on Sunday, November 7. Attendees were entertained with a video capturing 2021 activities and a tribute to the graduating high school seniors. During 2021, members helped the Iowa Beef Industry Council with the Baby’s First Bites campaign, ...

Women, Land and Legacy to host gardening event

Join Tama County Women, Land & Legacy for its upcoming event, “Organic Farming for Home Gardeners.” It will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at the Traer Public Library’s Kupka Cultural Center, 531 Second Street in Traer. Registration and dessert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event ...

End of a season

This was the last Toledo Farmers’ Market of the 2021 season. This was also the last Toledo Farmers’ Market that I will be manager of, yes it's true I am retiring after 21 years of being the Toledo Farmers’ Market Manager. I know that the market will go on without me, there are two vendors ...

When all else fails, put a kiko goat on it

Hiring out a herd of goats for weed management has led to big business for one Tama County farmer. Adam Ledvina, 30, of Chelsea owns and operates Iowa Kiko Goats and Blue Collar Goatscaping — respectively a commercial breeding and meat goat business combined with a prescribed goat grazing ...

Area farmers reap benefits of warm, mild fall

As it stands now, the 2021 grain harvest in Tama County is shaping up to be a successful one thanks to a warm and mild autumn — a welcome change from the harvest of 2020 which took place in the wake of the devastating August 10 derecho. Ryan Vavroch and his young family farm in rural ...

A salute to bees, their keepers and all things honey

For a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, honey cannot be beat. September was National Honey Month — first celebrated in 1989 by the National Honey Board — a time when many honey producers and beekeepers across the United States collect their final extraction of the season and begin to ...

Tama County Ag Outlook, Sept. 16

Harvest is underway in Tama County, led by Corteva’s seed corn harvest at their locations in Toledo, Dysart, and Reinbeck. Production parent seed soybean harvest has also begun. Both crops harvested seeds that will be used in next year's commercial grain production. USDA’s September ...