A message from Cathann Kress,
Vice President for ISU Extension and Outreach

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Here in Iowa, people care about each other and their communities. That’s why they have invested in Iowa State University  — and Extension and Outreach. We honor that investment as we put the university’s research to work throughout the state. It’s our land-grant mission.

We provide ongoing access to education — as we anticipate issues, act in catalytic ways, and stay for the long haul. That’s our commitment to Iowans and to Iowa’s future.

  • Last year about 1.8 million people benefited from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational programs, and nearly 17,000 volunteers worked with us.
  • Some 94,000 youth were involved in 4-H programs. That’s one in five Iowa school-age youth.
  • Companies who have worked with our Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) reported making $43 million in new investments and creating or retaining more than 6,000 jobs.
  • Our Extension field agronomists consulted with more than 10,000 crop farmers.
  • Our community development specialists helped Iowa communities leverage more than $29 million in grants and resources to complete infrastructure, building, and other projects.
  • Finally, more than 196,000 Iowans increased their understanding and skills on family issues through noncredit workshops and conferences.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach can anticipate trends, build relationships, and catalyze opportunities because we are part of the ongoing life of Iowa’s communities, committed to healthy people, healthy environments, and healthy economies. We’re people advancing people.

Anticipating Issues

ISU Extension and Outreach anticipates emerging issues and trends.

Acting in Catalytic Ways

ISU Extension and Outreach acts in catalytic ways— creating opportunities and building relationships.

Staying for the Long Haul

ISU Extension and Outreach stays for the long haul. We're there when needs arise.