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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Cherokee County

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

National 4-H Week
October 4 - 10

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County News

September 29, 2015

Adverse childhood experiences do not guarantee bad outcomes for adults but they increase the odds of struggle and they are largely preventable, says Lori Hayungs,a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

September 24, 2015

CHEROKEE – Register now for Grant Writing 101 workshop scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee located at 209 Centennial Dr. Register by Oct. 20 by calling the Extension and Outreach office at 712-225-6196. 

SFP 10-14
July 17, 2015

Get the tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger families in seven sessions! The SFP 10-14 is a free, fun, and effective programdesigned to assist parents in preparing their 6th graders for a positive experience in the teen years. Sundays, October 4 - November 15, Crosswalk Teen Center 1305 23rd St. Hawarden, Iowa. Snacks and games 2 - 2:30 p.m. Sessions and childcare 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

June 23, 2015

ISU and the USDA has compiled many resources to help keep you informed and birds safe. Eggs and poultry are safe to eat, stresses Iowa State University food safety specialists. Find answers about the human side of avian flu.

Emeral Ash Borer
April 1, 2015

In response to growing interest in learning about the Emeral Ash Borer, vist Extension and Outreach's website dedicated to Emerald Ash Borer which is regularly updated with new items -



Yard and Garden: 

Dealing with Pests. Sunscald in Raspberries

AMES, Iowa – Raspberries are a delicious part of any garden, but they are vulnerable to intrusion from pests and other maladies. What is the best way to keep them healthy and edible?

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to obtain a bountiful raspberry harvest. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Autumn Lawn Care

 AMES, Iowa – Fall is a busy time for gardeners. With so much to do, lawn care is sometimes neglected. However, proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Important fall lawn care practices include mowing, fertilizing, controlling broadleaf weeds and raking. To have plant and garden questions answered, contact the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Hortline at 515-294-3108 or


Human Sciences Extension

Iowa Families Save Money and Eat Right with Spend Smart. Eat Smart

Eating healthy on a tight budget can seem like a tough thing to do. However, the “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” website and blog offered through Iowa State University’s Human Sciences...



Science of Parenting:  When a Grandparent has Dimentia 

 AMES, Iowa – When a grandparent has dementia, the grandchildren may not understand why grandma or grandpa is becoming forgetful, mom or dad is stressed out and everything is different than it used to be. However, parents can help their young children and adolescents learn to cope, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


 Ag and Natural Resourses Extension

Take Precautions Now for a Safe Fall Harvest

 AMES, Iowa — Harvest is historically the most dangerous time of year for agriculture. During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept., 20-26, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants to remind everyone to regularly read instruction manuals about potential dangers of farm equipment and to be diligent in preventing farm injuries.






Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Extension council members are elected officials and are responsible for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They manage the county extension budget, hire county staff and help select educational programming from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

September 25, 2015 03:19 PM

Latino store owners in Perry are learning how to make healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate foods more accessible, thanks to...

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