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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Cherokee County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, farm, business or community, look to Cherokee County Extension and Iowa State University Extension for unbiased, research-based information and education to help you make better decisions!


Register today to become a Master Gardener!

Registration deadline is September 1, 2016. Classes will be held September through November.

County News

April 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Cherokee County is offering a food safety training for food service managers on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee. The program is based on the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe™ certification program and the Iowa Food Code. The class is beneficial for a variety of foodservice managers, such as those from schools, restaurants, convenience stores, child care, senior meal sites, and health care. 

April 15, 2016

Looking for a simple way to beautify your front porch this summer? Love flowers, but need some expert advice on which plants do best in planters versus hanging baskets? Join us for our Container Gardening Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Cherokee County Extension and Outreach office. Class size is limited to 20 people, so reserve your space today!

April 14, 2016

Feeling stretched caring for a loved one? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide you - the family caregiver - with the skills you need to take care of yourself. You will learn to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. When you take care of yourself, everyone benefits. 

April 14, 2016

Gain skills and information to feel safe and prepared when taking on the important responsibility of babysitting. 

April 13, 2016

Topics will include general care and management of show livestock, proper feeding and nutrition, and show preparation. There will also be a question-and-answer time. 



Yard and Garden: 


  Yard and Garden: Proper Iowa Mowing Practices

    Spring has finally sprung across Iowa, and with it, growing green grass on lawns everywhere. The hum of lawn mowers is beginning to fill the air, and that hum brings questions about proper mowing practices. 


Yard and Garden: Planting and Raising Potatoes In Iowa

AMES, Iowa – Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help gardeners produce an ideal potato crop at home. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Human Sciences Extension

Take Control of Your Money Online Course

If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you!

"Take Control of Your Money" focuses on five key steps in managing money, with additional information on three special topics:

  • dealing with debt
  • building financial security
  • family communication about money

Those enrolled in the course will receive a weekly e-mail MoneyTip from ISU Extension and Outreach, and can opt to continue receiving the tips even after they are done with the course.











Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Himar Hernandez, community and economic development assistant director, talks about helping a Latino couple start two new businesses and improve their family’s financial security. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

April 6, 2016 11:47 AM

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