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Avian influenza has increased the stress that many Iowa families are facing. Dealing with the stress from unexpected changes such as job loss or financial uncertainty can be slow and painful, but is possible, says a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Cathann Kress, Iowa State University vice president for extension and outreach, has received The 2015 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from Reclaiming Youth International and the Starr Global Learning Network. Kress joins a long list of leaders in research, policy and practice whose contributions have advanced work with children and youth.
Not all parents feel confident having “the talk” with their children — when the topic is science, technology, engineering and math. However, it’s an ongoing conversation parents and kids need to have, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from ISU Extension and Outreach.
Avian influenza has had a significant financial impact on many Iowa families. Working through the cycle of grief caused by a sudden drop in income allows families to plan for how to adjust their financial picture with clear heads, and the entire family should be a part of those conversations.
Gary Taylor has been named interim director for the Community and Economic Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He will begin the position Sept. 3.
By dropping some common high-cost habits and trying a few cost-cutting strategies, families can make their food dollars go further. ISU Extension and Outreach helps Iowans get resources and find answers to challenges brought on by avian influenza.
Extension staff from Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University will provide families with information on everything from food safety education and stretching food dollars as the cost of eggs and poultry increases to implementing strategies to manage a family’s finances and stress during tough times.
A new detection of emerald ash borer has been positively identified after a larva sample was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell on June 16, 2015. This brings the total of confirmed infested counties to 25 since EAB was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. This beetle kills ash tree species.
Adults often avoid talking about race with children, but young people notice similarities and differences among people. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to discuss the subject of race with their children -- even young ones, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.