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Local Highlights

October 19, 2016

Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.

October 19, 2016

Pro Ag Fall Outlook Forums will occur Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016. 8:30am in Spencer at the Spencer School Administration Building (phone: 712-262-2264) or 1:30pm in Lemars at the ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County (phone: 712-546-7835). Cost is $20 for those who pre-register or $25 walk in.

July 5, 2016

A Farmland Leasing and Land Values workshop will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Graettinger at 9 am on Aug 17.  

July 5, 2016

The Finances of Caregiving provides materials to assist caregivers in protecting their assets and prepare for their retirement while providing care. This five-week program, beginning September 1, will meet Thursdays at the Estherville Public Library  from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  A $20 registreation fee covers the cost of a binder and printed materials. 

July 5, 2016

Created by the industry for the industry, the ServSafe® food safety training program is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. It is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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