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May 4, 2017

Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging is a program for adult children supporting aging caregiver parents. The two-session program is being offered on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Cherokee County office located at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee. According to Mary Tuttle, Cherokee County Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach and the program facilitator, research shows that spousal caregivers are more likely to provide care with help from adult children than to accept help from community supports or nonfamily members. 

May 3, 2017

The Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency (AEA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will provide Iowa educator credit to teach the High School Financial Planning Program in a summer 2017 Storm Lake course: “Financial Literacy for 21st Century Skills.” The High School Financial Planning Program is a vetted curriculum from the National Endowment for Financial Education. Carol Ehlers, human sciences specialist in family finance with ISU Extension and Outreach, will teach the course. It will cover the curriculum’s six modules that address student hands-on learning in money management, borrowing, earning power, investing, financial services and insurance. 

April 26, 2017

Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value (RFV), for the first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Climatic variations impact alfalfa growth and development making it impossible to use a calendar date each spring to best determine when to harvest the first crop. The PEAQ method uses alfalfa stand height and maturity stage to estimate the RFV. It is most appropriate for good stands of pure alfalfa with healthy growth.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

February 24, 2016

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase

Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

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

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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