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COL Howard County residents nominated

CRESCO, Iowa -- Five Howard County residents have been nominated for four-year terms on the county Extension Council by its nominating committee. Their names will appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

The candidates are Craig Madsen, Cresco; Duane Johnson, Lime Springs; Scott Wiley, Cresco; Kelly Mashek, Cresco; and Jay Dohlman, LeRoy.

The nominating committee consisted of Julie Wilson, Cresco; Karen Stevenson, Lime Springs; and Tom Cray, Chester.

Moody Field Day planned Aug. 25

DOON, Iowa -- The Moody Research Farm Field Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary Aug. 25 at the farm north of Doon. The field day is hosted by the Extension Service and the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association.

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The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and features several speakers, including Arnel Hallauer, Iowa State University agronomy professor; Palle Pedersen, ISU agronomy; and Joel DeJong, ISU Extension crop specialist.

Topics that will be discussed include corn breedings, soybean genetics and corn population studies.

A line of farm machinery typical of what would have been used on an Iowa farm in 1954 will also be on display. Field displays are also planned.

Schwab new farm safety president

AMES, Iowa -- Chuck Schwab, Extension safety specialist at Iowa State University, has been chosen president of the National Institute for Farm Safety. He was selected during the annual NIFS business meeting earlier this summer.

Schwab has held a combined research and Extension position at Iowa State since 1990. He teaches agricultural safety and ag systems analysis and planning.

As the Extension safety specialist for Iowa, he provides leadership for the Safe Farm program, which strives to make Iowa farms safe places to live and work.

Dairy farm linked to fish kills

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DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- A dairy cattle feedlot owner will be cited for polluting a creek feeding the North Fork of the Maquoketa River after two fish kills in three weeks.

A small number of dead creek chubs, suckers and minnows were found in Bear Creek on Aug. 4, said Mike Wade, an environmental specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

At least one source of pollution was identified -- a feedlot owned by Martin Kruse of Dyersville was discharging contaminated water directly into Bear Creek upstream, he said.

"He designed a pipe ... to directly discharge into the stream," Wade said. "I don't know how you could figure it's OK to do that."

Kruse's feedlot will be cited for a number of violations, including water quality and manure handling violations, as well as failure to have a manure management plan.

Wade said there may have been other contributors to the fish kill, which was minor compared to one last month that killed most of the fish in the creek.

Equipment association offers opportunity

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Association, Northeast Iowa Community College and the Department of Labor Bureau have created a new education appreciation program for ag technicians.

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"This program will be an excellent tool for Iowa ag equipment dealers to introduce students to our industry,'' said Andrew Goodman, association executive vice president.

An educational apprenticeship is a program that provides an opportunity to selected 16- and 17-year-old student learners to hone their technician skills in a real-world work environment of an ag dealership by offering them 10 hours to 20 hours of work experience each week.

Students interested in an ag equipment technician career should contact their local ag equipment dealer or contact the association office at (515) 223-5119.

Dairy Association awards scholarships

The Iowa Division of Midwest Dairy Association has awarded $7,000 in scholarships in Iowa this year as part of its Educational Awards program.

Applicants are evaluated on their participation in leadership and academic activities, reference letters and personal essays and involvement in the dairy industry.

Jacquie Spier and her husband live with their five children on a dairy farm in Sumner. She is working toward her registered nursing certificate at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Kyla Pagel, daughter of Greg and Peggy Pagel, is pursuing a degree in nursing at Allen College in Waterloo. She is a 2002 graduate of Sumner High School.

Laura Lehmann, daughter of Ed and Pat Lehmann, was valedictorian of her 2004 graduate class at Beckman High School in Dyersville. Lehman of Durango will attend Loras University in Dubuque where she will study secondary education and English.

Jessie Grafenberg, daughter of John and Jan Grafenberg, is pursuing a degree in biochemistry at Iowa State University. She is a 2003 graduate of North Fayette High School in West Union.

Entries for Youth Classic due Sept. 8

WEST UNION, Iowa -- The Youth Classic Dairy Show and State FFA Dairy Judging Contest will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.

Entries for the dairy show need to be postmarked no later than Sept. 8.

The show is open to youth between the ages of 9 and 19. Cattle from neighboring states are welcome. Past shows have attracted 200 head representing all six dairy breeds. The show is open to registered, breed association identified, and grade animals with appropriate 4-H or FFA identification.

For entry blanks and show rules, contact county extension offices or telephone Brian and Rachel Hanson, (563) 422-3508.

Riverside residents see taxes soar

RIVERSIDE, Iowa -- Residents of the far-eastern Iowa town of Riverside, population 928, will see their property taxes rise 71 percent this year because city officials made a mistake.

"It was an honest, inadvertent error by our office staff," Mayor Bill Poch said.

The mistake was made when city officials indicated on the budget for fiscal 2005, which started July 1, that they planned to pay debt on city improvements with property taxes instead of money from a special tax district and utility program.

No one caught the mistake until last month, when the city received a statement about the tax changes, Poch said.

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