Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Course set for Tuesday, Feb. 10

Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Plymouth County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education (PSEP) program.

The local attendance site is the LeMars Convention Center located at 251 12th St SE. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 3 and $45 after Feb. 3. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Jill Leners at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Plymouth County at 712.546.7835.

The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators

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    The Northwest Iowa Beginning Young Livestock Farmer Group has planned another great educational experience in Le Mars.

    The next educational program will feature a presentation by David Baker, Farm Transition Specialist with the Beginning Farmer Center at Iowa State University on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

    The day will begin with a tour of Plymouth Energy in Merrill beginning at 1:15 p.m. and then move to the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor for information on Farm Service Agency Loans for Young

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    Local Option Sales Tax Grant applications now available

    The 2015 Plymouth County Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Grant applications are available to be picked up in the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 215 Fourth Ave. SE, or are available on line at www.co.plymouth.ia.us to download.

    The Plymouth County Supervisors allocated $100,000 of LOST Funds to be awarded to grant recipients via the Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Board for FY 2015-2016.

    The appointed members of the LOST Grant Advisory Board are Brad Cave and Lynn Bohnenkamp of

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    Centering on Centers comes to Siouxland for 20th Year

    The conference comes to the Sioux City Convention Center on Jan. 30 and 31, marking twenty years of celebrating childhood by offering professional development opportunities to Siouxland early childhood educators.

    Centering on Centers is one of the largest educational opportunities available annually in Siouxland to people who work with children, offering compelling presenters, continuing education units, networking opportunities and more.

    This year’s presenters are Judy Harris Helm, Christine Roberts and Dan Hodgins. Helm and Roberts will present on Friday,

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    Teen arrested on drug charges

    According to Plymouth County sheriff’s reports, on Jan. 1 at 1:14 a.m., the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelley Marvin Kuester, age 17 of Sioux City for Possession of Marijuana – second offense.

    Kuester was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for equipment violations at County Road K-18 South and Iowa Highway 12 near Westfield.

    As a result of the traffic stop, Kuester was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was cited into juvenile court and released to

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    Foundation of Greater Plymouth County awards 2014 grants to organizations

    The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County has ended its 2014 grant-making session with the distribution of funds to 27 area organizations in Plymouth County.

    This year the Foundation awarded a total of $143,000.

    Under terms of legislation, these funds must be granted to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Plymouth County.

    This year’s recipients are as follows:

    Akron

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    Winter manure application rules kick in Sunday, Dec. 21

    Animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on applying liquid manure starting Dec. 21 if the ground is snow-covered.

    The state rules kick in then, because runoff and nutrient loss after winter manure application is more likely when manure can’t be injected into the soil or incorporated into a field.

    Starting Dec. 21, liquid manure cannot be applied on snow-covered ground. These limits affect confinement facilities with liquid manure that have 500 or more animal units. Generally,

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    “Inspections of 11 boat docks and shorelines yielded no additional zebra mussels in or near the lake,” stated John Lott, GFP chief administrator of aquatic resources. “The hulls of some boats being stored for the winter were also

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