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ISU Extension & Outreach - Des Moines County

Extension in Des Moines County offers programs that support families, horticulture, 4-H youth development, business and industry, communities, agriculture and continuing education. Iowa State University Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve the quality of life in Iowa.



We want to promote volunteerism in Des Moines County through our Volunteer NOW! Program. Volunteers can find local non-profits in need of volunteers and pledge their hours. Click on the logo to get more information and download a pledge form! Organizations can also sign up to be included in our list of area non-profits.



Providing excess garden produce to area food pantries prevents food waste while providing fresh, nutritious food to families experiencing food insecurity. Share the Harvest is a guide to make donating produce or volunteering time easier for local gardeners in Southeast Iowa.



County News

September 21, 2016

The Des Moines County 4-H Community Dinner and Live Auction will be held as a fundraiser to support the Des Moines County 4-H Program.  Please join us Saturday evening, November 5th, 2016 with the dinner served at 5:30 pm.  The dinner will be held at the Mediapolis Elementary Gym, 725 N. Northfield Street in Mediapolis, Iowa.

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August 30, 2016

Are you a social service provider who wants to be better equipped to initiate basic discussions about money management with your clients?  Are you a caring volunteer, clergy member, or someone with an interest in helping others take steps toward financial stability and self-sufficiency?

August 11, 2016

Local county offices of ISU Extension and Outreach sponsor food safety certification courses for food service managers and employees.  The training will be held at Great Prairie AEA in Burlington on Thursday, September 22nd, and Tuesday, November 1st. Each class runs from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with the exam to follow.

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August 1, 2016

If you like gardening, you won't want to miss this free opportunity!  Come to SCC's Little Theater on Saturday, October 22 and learn about growing herbs and get ideas for outdoor decor.

March 22, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach is partnering with University of Illinois Extension and University of Missouri Extension to bring the Nonprofit Management Academy to the tri-state area! You are invited to participate in one or all of the 12 sessions. CEU's are available, as well as the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Iowa State University.


Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

September 20, 2016 12:21 PM

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County...

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