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Ames and Iowa State University Welcome 600 Math and Science Teachers for State Conference
(Posted on 10/20/2014)
Ames and Iowa State Unviversity will welcome more than 600 kindergarten through college-level math and science teachers from across Iowa this week with the intent of continuing to improve math and science education programs throughout the state.
Nancy Brannaman Back at Home with ISU Extension and Outreach
(Posted on 10/13/2014)
For new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Director of Operations Nancy Brannaman, her new job is equal parts homecoming and new opportunity.
ISU Project Featured at October 14 Iowa Hunger Summit in Des Moines
(Posted on 10/6/2014)
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit, an Iowa State University project designed to help communities build their capacity to produce, process and distribute food, will be featured at the Iowa Hunger Summit that is part of World Food Prize activities.
Help Wanted: Lime Springs Explores Recruiting International Workers
(Posted on 9/29/2014)
Lime Springs is facing a dilemma: too many jobs and not enough workers. That’s why local leaders are working with Himar Hernández, from Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University, to learn about attracting international workers to the area.  
Iowa Organic Conference to Help Producers Meet Growing Demand for Organics
(Posted on 9/22/2014)
The 14th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability.
New ISU Report Shows Growing Income Inequality Evidence of Shrinking Middle Class
(Posted on 9/18/2014)
Job growth in the retail and service sector has not matched the wages of manufacturing and other middle-skill level jobs lost over the past decade in Iowa. The difference has contributed to a growing disparity between low and high income households, which is especially profound in specific parts of the state, according to a new report by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rural sociologist David Peters.
2015 Community Visioning Program Applications Available
(Posted on 9/12/2014)
The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2015 program.
Partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Association of Regional Councils Wins National Award
(Posted on 8/5/2014)
The Iowa Association of Regional Councils has been selected as a 2014 Innovation Award recipient from the National Association of Development Organizations for its collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Muscatine County
(Posted on 7/21/2014)
A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer by a federal identifier.
Urban-Ag Academy Conference Is July 17-19 in Ames
(Posted on 7/16/2014)
The third annual Urban-Ag Academy conference will be held in Ames from July 17 through July 19.