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Atlantic Parks and Rec Director announces large donation from Schildberg Foundation

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Efforts to improve the Schildberg Quarry Recreation Area in Atlantic by incorporating a campground at the site received a big boost last week. Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring announced the big news of a large contribution during Monday night’s meeting of the Park and Recreation Board. Herring said he had a visit last week from Mark Schildberg, with the Schildberg Foundation. He says a grant they had applied for was approved, to the tune of $10,000. Herring received the check last week, but waited until the Board meeting to break the news. Afterward, he presented the check for the Board members to view and hold for a few moments.

Herring said Schildberg – who is the Vice President and Director of the Foundation — was excited about the prospect of having a campground at the Recreation Area.. Another bit of good news, is that the Atlantic Rotary club provided $7,000 for the project, which Herring says includes grading for the campsite, and the beginning of work on 18 gravel pads for campers. The campground will be located at the southeast corner of the park, at the corner of North Chestnut and Iowa Avenue.

Hopes are for modern restroom and shower facilities to be included in the project, at a later date. Currently all the utilities are in place near the site, including water and electricity. Phase two, the most expensive part of the project, would include the construction of permanent restrooms and shower facilities, within the next couple of years. Herring said also exciting, is that the City of Atlantic Street Department and City Administrator Doug Harris decided it would be in the best interests of the Recreation Area to treat Iowa Avenue, which runs east of Buck Creek Road around the east side of lake, with an oil-type substance to control dust. He says pedestrians walking along the trail should notice and appreciate the fact dust stirred-up by increased traffic in the area will be a lot less noticeable.

The treatment’s ability to control dust, according to Herring gets is “rejuvenated” with each rainfall, and will not wash away. It was applied to the road last week.

2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists now available

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – May 21, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, a popular publication updated to show new 4-foot, paved shoulders and trails completed since the 2009 version was published. The map is now available for free at locations throughout the state and on the Internet.

As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes by identifying bike trails and traffic levels for paved roads. Detailed maps for Iowa’s 16 largest cities are shown, depicting bike trails, highways, major streets and city boundaries. 

A person riding a bicycle on a public road has all the rights and responsibilities applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle, including knowing and obeying all traffic laws and rules of the road. To assist bicyclists understand their rights and responsibilities, a section of the map is dedicated to highlighting rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicyclists are urged to always wear helmets, use lights at night and watch out for road hazards, including gravel, sand and debris. 

The 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists is available online at the Iowa DOT’s website iowadot.gov/iowabikes, or by calling 515-725-3084 or 888-472-6035.

Survey: farming helps economy grow in rural states

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there. The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58.5 in May from April’s already healthy 57.1. Any score above 50 on the index suggests growth in the months ahead.  Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says even though the May numbers are positive, he believes the region’s economic growth will slow in the months ahead as the global economy weakens and crop prices decline.  The survey covers rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The survey focuses on 200 rural communities with an average population of 1,300.

SIEVERS NAMED SUPERVISOR OF DNR ATLANTIC FIELD OFFICE

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Thursday, announced Jim Sievers has been named as the new supervisor for the Iowa DNR field office in Atlantic. Sievers, a long-time environmental specialist for the DNR field office in Washington, IA, will assume his new duties on May 25th.

Jim Sievers

He graduated from Iowa State University in 1985 with a degree in fisheries and wildlife biology and has served in the Washington field office for 22 years, the last 12 as the lead worker in wastewater and animal feeding operations. Sievers has a wide-range of experience in all of the DNR’s environmental program areas and has been extremely successful throughout his career in working with businesses, municipalities and citizens in complying with regulations.

Barb Lynch, chief of the DNR’s Field Services and Compliance Bureau, said Sievers also brings administrative experience to the position, having helped fill in as supervisor of the Washington Field Office when the supervisor there, Dennis Ostwinkle, was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004 and 2005. The Field Services and Compliance Bureau consists of six field offices throughout the state with a primary task of helping people to understand environmental services programs and assist in complying with regulations.

Spring chill damages Iowa crops

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) – A surprisingly chilly April has had an adverse effect on crops in Iowa.     Officials say freezing temperatures last month has damaged crops throughout the state. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that horticulture and agronomy experts say up to 80 percent of the apple crop in eastern Iowa has been ruined.  Apple trees blossomed about a month early because of unseasonably warm temperatures in March. But temperatures dipped to the low 20s for several nights in early to mid-April, killing those blossoms. Thousands of acres of corn may need to be replanted in the northern part of the state and Gail Nonnecke, a horticulture professor at Iowa State University, estimates Iowa strawberry production will be reduced by 20 percent.

Posted County Prices for 05-17-2012

Ag/Outdoor

May 17th, 2012 by admin

Cass County: Corn $5.97, Beans $13.50

Adair County: Corn $5.94, Beans $13.53

Adams County: Corn $5.94, Beans $13.49

Audubon County: Corn $5.96, Beans $13.52

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $6.00, Beans $13.50

Guthrie County: Corn $5.99, Beans $13.54

Montgomery County: Corn $5.99, Beans $13.52

Shelby County: Corn $6.00, Beans $13.50

Oats $3.16 (always the same in all counties)

USDA Report 5-17-12

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 17th, 2012 by admin

USDA Report for Thursday, May 17th

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Cass County Extension Report 05-16-2012

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olsen

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Posted County Prices for 05-16-2012

Ag/Outdoor

May 16th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Cass County: Corn $5.90, Beans $13.46

Adair County: Corn $5.87, Beans $13.49

Adams County: Corn $5.87, Beans $13.45

Audubon County: Corn $5.89, Beans $13.48

East Pottawattamie County: Corn $5.93, Beans $13.46

Guthrie County: Corn $5.92, Beans $13.50

Montgomery County: Corn $5.92, Beans $13.48

Shelby County: Corn $5.93, Beans $13.46

Oats $3.15 (always the same in all counties)

ANNUAL LOESS HILLS PRAIRIE SEMINAR REGISTRATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 36th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar will be held at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area, near Onawa, and at West Monona High School, in Onawa, on the evening of June 1s through noon on June 3rd. Registration is due May 25. The seminar is for families, educators, and students of all ages to foster recognition, appreciation and the educational use of natural wonders found in our communities. 

A brochure outlining the sessions and programs is available on the Northwest Area Education Agency website at: http://www.nwaea.k12.ia.us/en/programs_and_services/loess_hills_prairie_seminar/.

Fees are reduced for students, educators, families, and first-time attendees. Educators can earn credit if they pre-register through Northwest AEA. This is offered at a special reduced rate and the seminar registration fee is waived. Special programs for children allow parents to fully participate in the field sessions and indoor evening programs. Field sessions are at the campground, involve a walk, hike or drive. This year there will also be three boat tours of the Missouri River to explore the ecological effect of the flood of 2011. 

Field sessions will focus on native flora and fauna, photography, cultural history, Native Americans, geology, environmental writing, prairie restoration and management, and the Missouri River. Evening programs at the high school offer topics for adults and children separately, and are followed at the campground/seminar site with campfire programs. A special pre-seminar program, Loess Hills Ecology and Geology, presented at the high school on Friday 5:45 p.m., will provide background information about the Loess Hills. 

The event is sponsored by the Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA), the Monona County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, with major support from the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund, the Iowa Prairie Network, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, with additional support from a variety of educational institutions, organizations and volunteers. 

For more information, contact Gloria Kistner at Northwest AEA at 712-222-6080, 800-352-9040, extension 6080, or gkistner@nwaea.org, or contact Dianne Blankenship at bennaid@hotmail.com.