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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

October 9, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Lucas County will be offering a program designed for women cattle operators.  The sessions will be held at Carpenter's Hall in Chariton on November 5, 12, and 19.  Women Managing Cattle is a three-week course designed especially to help women cattle operators learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management, and managing land and water resources.  The fee is $50 per participant.  Online registration is available at  For more information, contact Joe Sellers at (641) 203-1270, or Kelly Phillips at ISU Extension and Outreach, Lucas County, 48293 Hy-Vee Road, Chariton, IA 50049 (641) 774-2016.  


August 31, 2015

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 27, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family. Today’s recipes have been scientifically tested to ensure a safe product. So before trying any of those old family canning recipes, call AnswerLine, the home and family hotline at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  AnswerLine, 800-262-3804 in Iowa, is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. AnswerLine also has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as a twice-weekly blog at Barb Fuller can be reached at 641 202 1843 or

August 18, 2015

Preserving food by canning in the oven has been a hot topic this summer.  It seems everyone is looking for a shortcut to preserve food at home.  Oven canning is NOT a safe shortcut, Barb Fuller, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and a Master Food Safety Advisor for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says, "Many individuals have shared they have tried, or have heard about, oven canning.  Just because a jar is sealed doesn't mean the food inside is saft to eat.  I've had people say to me - 'I haven't gotten sick from it.' I tell them they are probably very lucky!  Botulism is a big concern."

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