Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Farmers need to evaluate their cash and asset management if they experience negative cash flow during this period of downward-sliding crop prices, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach economic experts. They advise every farmer to have a financial contingency plan in place to cover cash flow shortfalls.
“People need to know their current situation and make sure that they have the reserves to make it through the lean years,” said Tim Eggers, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist.

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- The 90 million family caregivers in this country are a vital link in providing care every day for their loved ones. While medical professionals and others may be partners in the caregiving scenario, family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings. National Family Caregivers Month recognizes and honors this contribution with the 2015 theme “Respite: Care for Caregivers.”

October 27, 2015

NEVADA, Iowa  – A pioneer in the statewide local foods movement returns to Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to speak about his new experiences in Michigan at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Story County Extension office, 220 H Ave. in Nevada.

Rich Pirog, senior associate director for Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems, will explore how his two decades with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University prepared him for his work in the Michigan local foods movement.

October 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will develop and implement programs to support beginning and retiring farmers and military veterans interested in farming with a grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds are part of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Iowa State’s award is $698,393 for the three-year program.

September 22, 2015

Class topics will include understanding your starting point and filling out worksheets; why it’s essential to plan, talking about Wills, Durable Power of Attorney; retirement plans for caregivers and ways to continue tax deferred savings while caregiving as well as in-home care, adult day care, respite, residential and hospice care; paying for care with long term care insurance, veterans benefits, Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid; effective communication taking time and planning ahead.

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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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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