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Local Highlights

October 6, 2014

The Science of Parenting blog shares and discusses research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children. Click here for ideas, resources and strategies for effective parenting!

June 23, 2015

Iowans can learn how to  "Preserve the Taste of Summer" during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County. The online lessons are already available and a hands-on workshop planned for Wed. July 29th at St. Paul's United Methodist read more....

May 11, 2015

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank needs your help again to collect Fresh Food for Families. We would like to let gardeners know that you can plant and donate extra produce in support of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! 

For more information, contact Sheri Huber-Otting at 319-235-0507 ext. 108 or 

April 28, 2015

Teaching children how to take responsibility for their own safety is the subject of Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at Dunkerton Elementary School, Dunkerton, Iowa, on Friday, May 1. Hosting the event are Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach and Black Hawk County Farm Bureau in conjunction with Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Special Thanks to Black Hawk Farm Bureau Woman for preparing the goodies bags! See the day in picutures here!

April 16, 2015

Interested in canning, freezing or dehydrating? Don’t use grandma’s recipes!
It is essential to use current tested recipes and procedures to make sure your food is safe. Read MORE!

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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