Local Highlights

October 21, 2016

We know that northeast Iowa's agricultural heritage is the cornerstone of economic viability.  Beginning farmers are the key to a future of thriving communities, diverse businesses, and strong families.

"The Rural Innovator" is a quarterly, online newsletter that connects beginning farmers with resources, innovators with ideas and technology and transitioning farmers with the next generation.

In each issue, you'll gain reliable, research-based information about diverse agriculture practices and read stories about Iowans who are using those methods to manage profitable businesses.  

Each newsletter is created by the Northeast Iowa ISU Extension Ag Team - dedicated team of Extension specialists and coordinators working in county offices throughout the region.

Subscribe to this newsletter by clicking HERE or contact your county ISU Extension and Outreach office.

To download the latest addition and see past issues click HERE.

September 23, 2016
September 22, 2016

Included in this issue is important phone numbers and many helpful links to aid in flood recovery.

October 9, 2015

Each year 4H members are responsible to the state 4H program for paying $30 per member for services and a blanket 4H insurance policy for members, volunteers, and leaders.  Because of this cost yet to the 4H members to be part of the program, the Butler County Farm Bureau board of directors has voted to contribute $15 for each 4H club member that is also a member of a Butler County Farm Beau family.

March 3, 2015

If your household income is at or below the following range you may be eligible for Food Assistance.S

A Quick Reference to Butler County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information.

Centsible Parenting (For children in 1st, 3rd & 5th grade)  Teaches topics related to teaching money management concepts to children

Consumer & Financial Management Publications

ISU Financial Clinic - help on all aspects of finances

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

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

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

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

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

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