Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

April 17, 2013

Check your dial pressure canner gauges at Greene County Extension for $5.00 each. Call Cleanne at (515) 386-2138 to schedule an appointment.

Check dial gauges for accuracy before use each year. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food. Low readings cause over processing. Pressure adjustments can be made, if the gauge reads up to 2 pounds high or low. Replace gauges that differ by more than 2 pounds.  Replacement gauges and other parts (e.g. gasket, safety plugs) for canners are often found at local hardware stores.  When ordering parts, be sure to provide your canner model number and describe the parts you need.

For parts or questions regarding your Presto brand pressure cooker, you should write or call 1-800-877-0441.  Address is:  Consumer Service Dept., National Presto Industries, Inc., 3925 N. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI  54705-2209.

November 29, 2012

"Garden Bounty - 2013 Garden Calendar" (PM 0815) is available for $6.00 from the ISU Extension and Outreach online store at or at the Greene County Extension Office, 104 W. Washington St., Jefferson, IA.  This is the 35th edition of the ISU Extension and Outreach garden calendar.

November 9, 2012

An upcoming workshop on role modeling healthy behaviors is being sponsored by Greene County Extension for child care providers, teachers, as well as parents.  The workshop is eligible for two hours of licensing credits for child care providers.

October 3, 2012

Greene County Master Gardeners say they understand the frustrations that gardeners had with this year’s extremely dry summer, but they’re looking toward next year and bringing in a free guest speaker to talk about steps to take this fall and next spring when planting a garden following a drought.

October 1, 2012

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Women, Food and Agriculture Network, will host a field day at Chris Henning’s farm near Jefferson, Iowa, on Monday, Oct. 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes a complimentary lunch.

Nutrition Links

Articles & Publications

Statewide Resources

  • Many consumers don’t realize how quickly leftovers can become unsafe.  Watch the videos and download the 4-Day Throw Away app to learn about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers.

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Loving Your Family-IA  are FREE programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

  • The number of overweight children (ages 6-11) has almost quadrupled in the past four decades and for adolescents (12-19) has tripled. Raising Healthy Kids is designed to help parents, communities, and childcare providers address the overweight issue.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or -

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips. The Food Safety Project offers resources for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our food preservation program available online and through hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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