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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Clarke County

As time seems to fly by don't forget that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is available with research based information for you. Be sure to check out the latest edition of Words on Wellness for the latest in nutrition and fitness.As always our office is open if you have any questions be sure to give us a call! See what Extension can do for you!

County News

September 2, 2014

It is hard to believe that it is time to get enrolled in Clarke County 4-H already.  Adventures await for all Clarke County Youth.  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade have a great Clover Kids program available while those grades 4th - 12th have traditional and specialized clubs available.  Members explore a wide variety of life skills including healthy living, the environment, citizenship, plants and animals, science and technology, and expressive arts through hands-on activites in a non-competitive environment.  

August 25, 2014

The Clarke County Extension is currently looking for a part time Food and Nutrition Program Assistant to provide nutrition education programming to the Clarke and Murray Elementary students.  Qualifications:  high school graduate or equivalent, must be able to pass a background check, valid driver's license with reliable transportation, detail oriented, self-motivated, organized, and work well with children, excellent communication, and computer/office skills.  Applications available online and at the Clarke County Extension office Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Applications must be received by 4:30 pm Thursday, September 4, 2014.  An Equal Opportunity Employer

August 20, 2014

As families welcome the new school year, sometimes parents can forget a child's need to ease into a new grade, says Kim Brantner, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  The child who enters school this fall is not the same one who started this time last year.  He or she may be different physically, mentally and emotionally.  Brantner offers some hints to help your family ease into the new school year.

August 14, 2014

Do you have an interest in gardening?  Would you like to volunteer in your community?  If you are a veteran or a novice you will want to consider joining the Iowa Master Gardener program.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 9 so get signed up soon!

July 25, 2014

A two-day bus trip to various locations in Nebraska is scheduled for September 4th and 5th.  It will offer beginning and young Iowa beef producer’s unique networking and educational opportunities. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Chris Clark said the trip is an organized activity of ISU’s Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network (BYLPN) and includes visits to several operations to provide a wide variety of information, experiences, and discussions.

The BYLPN is a strategic initiative of ISU Extension and Outreach, with primary goals of creating regional peer groups of young and beginning livestock producers; and offering education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to participants.

Preregistration by Aug. 20 is required in order to ensure adequate transportation. For more information or to preregister, contact Clark by phone at 712-769-2200 or by email at or email Leann Plowman-Tibken at

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Parents learn to be better parents, kids learn to resist peer pressure and together they learn to better communicate as a family through the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 from ISU Extension and Outreach. Watch the video.

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