Iowa State University Extension & Outreach-Region 18

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach-Region 18 Iowa State University Extension & Outreach builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve quality of life in Iowa.

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach
06/09/2020

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach

Last day to sign up for our camp in a bag is Wednesday June 10th at Noon! Don't wait till the last minute to get your kiddo signed up!

Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills
06/09/2020
Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills

Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills

Families have until June 15 to register for On Their Own and OK – free, hands-on learning experiences to help parents help their children gain confidence in staying home alone. This at-home program from Iowa 4-H begins June 18.

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County
06/08/2020

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County

We are excited for our second week of “Camp in a Bag”!
Registration for the remaining “Camp in a Bag” is now open. It will close on Thursday June 11th at 4pm!

06/02/2020
Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

All of the summer camps will be offered online this summer through videos presented by Adair County Extension & Outreach staff, as well as Youth Council. The videos will be on different topics like cooking, art, photography, livestock, healthy living, and other topics that are a part of 4-H. We hope everyone enjoys and takes part in this new experience with us.

This is the first video of out Summer Camp series, and it is on how to train your dog to sit! In this video, we will learn the basics of training dogs. You can take this knowledge and use it for various other tricks to teach your dog, but today we're focusing on Sitting!

Here's some tips to help with the training!
1. If you're worried about your dog accidentally nipping at your fingers for treats, instead of giving them the treats directly, place the trat on the floor in front of them to reward them.
2. You want to train only one dog at a time. This is so we can make sure no dogs get jealous of the other won getting food, and we can focus on one dog at a time to make sure they all get their share!
3. Try to train your dogs in short bursts. Maybe 10-20 minuted a day for one week compared to two hours in one day. Dog's brains get tired easily, and when they do get tired, it can be hard to keep their focus on you, and what you're trying to teach them.

Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills
06/01/2020
Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills

Program Helps Parents Teach Children Home-Alone Skills

Families have until June 15 to register for On Their Own and OK – free, hands-on learning experiences to help parents help their children gain confidence in staying home alone. This at-home program from Iowa 4-H begins June 18.

Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development
05/19/2020

Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development

You are invited to register now for Grant Writing 101 – a free online workshop that will be presented from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Representatives of nonprofits, local government and schools are invited to learn how to find grant opportunities and write successful grant applications.

Size of class is limited, so register now at: https://bit.ly/PACGrant
Questions? Contact Jane Nolan Goeken, ISUEO Community Development Specialist, at [email protected].

05/15/2020
ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County

Brenda Streeter- our Nutrition Education Coordinator shows how to make a Fruit & Yogurt Parfait as a healthy snack.

National Mental Health Month: You Are Not Alone
05/05/2020
National Mental Health Month: You Are Not Alone

National Mental Health Month: You Are Not Alone

May is National Mental Health Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness is promoting the theme “You Are Not Alone.” During this era of social distancing, it is important that no one should ever feel alone, says David Brown, behavioral health specialist for Iowa State University Extension...

Welcome to the team, Julie!
05/04/2020

Welcome to the team, Julie!

WELCOME!
Julie Schultz, CACFP Coordinator for Adams, Adair, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.

BIO:

Born and raised in the Midwest, I have lived in the Creston area for the majority of my life. I currently live just outside of Creston with my husband, which we have recently become empty nesters. Our oldest daughter just graduated from NWMS with a degree in sports media and the youngest graduated from SWCC with her AA and is headed on to LSU in the fall to enter into the law program.

I have a great passion for nutrition and exercise and have even built a home gym in our garage where I train clients. If I am not exercising, working in my garden, enjoying the great outdoors, or meal prepping, you will find me working my way through a novel or working on some type of craft or project.

I am very excited to take on this role and put my education and passion in nutrition to great use!

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach
04/24/2020
Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach

In an effort to continue to serve our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has compiled resources that might be of help as we push on. Resources are shared by area of interest - including a listing of virtual programs being offered.

The page will continue to be updated as available resources and programming evolve, so check here often.

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/covid-19

Who's Your Iowa Farmer?
04/15/2020

Who's Your Iowa Farmer?

ISU Extension has cancelled all face-to-face meetings and field days as part of concerted efforts to end the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, staff remain dedicated to serving their clientele. Rebecca Vittetoe, a field agronomist for 10 counties in East Central Iowa, is busy answering questions via email and by phone. “I’ve had a lot of spring forage management questions as well as questions related to gearing up for the 2020 planting season.”

For the past five years Rebecca has worked to provide research-based information to help people make informed decisions. She says the most rewarding part of her job is building relationships with people. “Whether it’s the farmers, landowners, retailer or my co-workers, I find the people that I get to work with on a day-to-day basis help to make my job rewarding! You never know what question you may be asked, but I love those interactions.”

Rebecca finds herself missing those in person interactions with the current work from home restrictions. “Right now, we (ISU Extension staff) are all just being flexible and taking one day at a time. I really miss the in-person interaction, but thankful to still be a resource!” Once planting is finished, she is typically asked to visually appraise problems within a field or present at field days, as pictured below. Although handling this spring's calls remotely will provide challenges, with today’s technology, clients can snap pictures and chat live with their ISU field agronomist. “If we aren’t allowed to have anyone in the field with us, we will work around that to still serve Iowans to the best of our abilities!!!”

From the time she was a child on a family farm outside of LeMars, Rebecca was planning a future in ‘the field.’ “Growing up on my family’s Century Farm fueled my passion for agriculture and agronomy. I knew I might not be the one going back to my family’s farm, but I wanted to carry on that tradition. I was initially very interested in plant breeding and attended Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to major in agronomy with an emphasis in plant breeding. However, I quickly realized I liked all aspects of agronomy and didn’t want to focus on just one! I also have always had a huge interest and passion in education and outreach.”

Experiences gained as a Plymouth County 4-H’er have proved to be valuable assets for the specialist. Rebecca credits 4-H for helping her develop public speaking skills, leadership, organization, record keeping, relationships, and networking skills, all of which she utilizes in her current vocation. She notes a natural progression to her classwork, internships, and involvement in clubs at ISU with forming the foundation of her career.

And as a BONUS, the CALS graduate just happened to meet her husband, Jordan, in a soils class at Iowa State. The couple along with their young son call Washington home and are engaged in farming with Jordan’s family. Rebecca says she enjoys baking and sewing as well as outdoor time to work in her own garden. She confesses she and her husband enjoy spending summer nights crop scouting, just for fun.

A big shout out to Rebecca and her fellow Extension staff, for finding creative ways to continue serving and supporting clients. Despite a pandemic and the challenges of social distancing, those in agriculture persevere and sustain us all. If you have a chance, please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts during ISU Extension and Outreach Week. #youriowafarmer (Photo credit: Erika Lundy)

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County
04/10/2020

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County

ISU Extension’s family finance program specialist is here to help you make sound financial choices in tough times. Confidential telephone or email conversations are available now. Contact Sandra McKinnon at [email protected]. You can also leave a phone message with Extension’s toll-free Iowa Concern hotline at 1-800-447-1985 to have someone get back to you.

The information provided is educational in nature to help you make your own informed decisions and is not intended to substitute for professional advice or serve as an endorsement of any financial product or service. Consult with licensed professionals prior to implementing any of the information provided to determine the course of action is best for you.

04/09/2020
ISU Extension & Outreach Grundy County

ISU Extension & Outreach Grundy County

Hello to all of our Farm Chat kiddos! Watch these 3 videos (in order) to learn more about Grundy County farmer, Allie Brouwer's family cow-calf operation. Comment with your questions and we will get the expert answer!

04/04/2020
Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Good morning, Clover Kids! In honor of our last workshop, I wanted to read you all a story! Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Today we’ll be reading, “Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color” by Julia Denos.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.
03/28/2020

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

As you spend more time at home and prepare more meals, check out the blog this week for recipes that can be made with pantry staples or made ahead and frozen. https://tinyurl.com/uysddds

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Waives Deadline for Pesticide Applicators to Renew Certification | I...
03/23/2020
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Waives Deadline for Pesticide Applicators to Renew Certification | Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Waives Deadline for Pesticide Applicators to Renew Certification | Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Waives Deadline for Pesticide Applicators to Renew Certification In-person testing required to renew a pesticide applicator certification must be completed by Dec. 31, 2020

03/12/2020
Taylor County Iowa 4-H

Taylor County Iowa 4-H

All college students are welcome to work at the ISU Extension office and utilize our internet.
609 Pollock Blvd.
Bedford
712-523-2137

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County
03/11/2020

ISU Extension & Outreach, Clarke County

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office
03/10/2020

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Come check out our series next month!
03/03/2020

Come check out our series next month!

April kicks off a series of programs geared to helping those 60+ to remain healthy & safe. If you have questions or are interested in signing up, call the Extension office @ 464-3333.

Here's your chance to join our great team!
02/20/2020

Here's your chance to join our great team!

CACFP Coordinator

The Union County Extension Office has an opening for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Coordinator position.

Minimum requirements include but are not limited to: valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, high school diploma, punctuality, organizational skills, and basic computer knowledge. Applicants should have a desire to encourage nutritional health in children and be committed to serving the registered childcare providers who care for and teach the youngest residents in the five-county area.

View the full job description www.extension.iastate.edu/union. To apply, please deliver a cover letter and resume with references to the Union County Extension Office, 500 E. Taylor St., Suite A, Creston, IA 50801 or email materials to [email protected].

Application deadline: March 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM. EOE

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office
02/16/2020

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach
02/10/2020

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach

FREE program covering soil testing this Thursday! Call us to register - to ensure enough handouts. Hope to see you there!

Last chance for continuing ed!
02/10/2020

Last chance for continuing ed!

Did you miss the Private Pesticide Training? Don't worry we are offering 2 Re-Show dates in April

Taylor County Iowa Extension & Outreach
02/05/2020

Taylor County Iowa Extension & Outreach

Join our team and help us build a #StrongIowa
02/03/2020

Join our team and help us build a #StrongIowa

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach
02/03/2020

Ringgold County ISU Extension & Outreach

Mark your calendar....Thursday, February 13th @ 1:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office
01/25/2020

Adair County ISU Extension & Outreach Office

Last night we kicked off our 4 part series Boots in the Barn. Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist, shared results from Iowa Beef Center study on cattle housing. Patrick Hatting, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist, discussed the importance of knowing your cost of production.

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