Food, Nutrition and Health

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August 30, 2016

ServSafe will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  ServSafe is a food protection manager cerfication course for restaurant and foodservice managers.

August 14, 2015

Integrated Agronomics Newsletter for April 2017--Should I Keep Planting?

May 8, 2013
  1. The statewide average for tillable acres of corn and soybeans was down 4.8%, from $230 to $219/acre.
  2. The ISU Survey does not collect rental data for individual farms.The number of responses is the number of individuals who provided information about typical rents across the county. A new question on the survey this year was the number of acres the respondent was familiar with, the sum of those acres was over 1.7 million acres across the state.
  3. In-depth questions on the Cash Rent Survey can be referred to the authors or your area Farm Management Field Specialists.
  4. For more information on leasing see the Ag Decision Maker leasing page.
  5. Links to the full publication from previous years can be found at the bottom of the Cash Rental Rates for 2017 Survey page. A publication with the historic county averages is also available.
May 4, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. It's also the perfect time to harvest the leaf stalk for pies, tarts sauces, jams, jellies, puddings and punch. Although categorized as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit.  ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer gardener questions about caring for and harvesting rhubarb. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

April 13, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest.  

ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer your questions about how to best handle the planting and care of raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Statewide Resources

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Loving Your Family-IA  are FREE programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

  • The number of overweight children (ages 6-11) has almost quadrupled in the past four decades and for adolescents (12-19) has tripled. This series of handouts is designed to help parents, communities, and childcare providers address the overweight issue.

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

  • 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

  • Safe Food

    Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips. The Food Safety Project offers resources for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer

    Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our food preservation program available online and through hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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