Home and Family

Local Highlights

December 12, 2014

Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach held two Holiday Workshops.  A Centerpiece-Making Workshop was held Dec. 8that the Jesup Library and the Wreath-Making Workshop was held Dec. 11that Heartland Acres.  Approximately 40 people enjoyed crafting their items.

December 2, 2014

If you are in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade ... come join us for Scales & Tails - a FREE program brought to you on four Thursdays in February, at the Jesup Library, sponsored by the Buchanan County Agricultural Extension District.

October 31, 2014

The holidays are right around the corner – a time we want to dress up our tables for special dinners. With this comes the possibility of staining our holiday tablecloths  .AnswerLine's Carolyn Brown gives us tips for removing certain types of stains from these special coverings.

October 30, 2014

“Don’t talk to me that way.” “Quit slamming the door.” Isn’t it amazing how the first words that often come out of a parent’s mouth is a description of what our kids are doing wrong. Then we threaten and soon we’re in the  middle of an argument. Taken too far, we may resort to harsh punishment like a slap to the face or a spanking. Later when we cool down, we may   realize that nothing was learned and the same problem is apt to happen again and again.

October 22, 2014

With the whipping winds, the snow, the ice, the lack of green; we know that winter is coming.  With winter brings food scarcity and rabbits will turn to our trees and shrubs for nourishment.  Now is the time for us to protect our trees and shrubs to ensure their survival of the cold winter months.

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.

  • 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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