Local Highlights

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.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Walnut Creek Watershed Project, will host a field day Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the pond on Jim Bourn’s farm, north of Red Oak.

The field day will review several ways that farmers and landowners can reduce nitrates entering Iowa’s rivers and streams. It will begin with a complimentary supper with the Montgomery County Cattlemen at the grill. Speaking at the field day is Shenandoah farmer Chris Teachout, who will talk about adding cover crops to a corn-soybean rotation and offer tips to make the addition of this green cover go smoothly. Ann Staudt, with Iowa Learning Farms, will review the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the recommended practices to use that will help achieve the NRS goals. Walnut Creek Watershed Project coordinator Dan Case will provide updates on the project.

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Eating healthy on a tight budget can seem like a tough thing to do. However, the “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” website and blog offered through Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach provide nutrition suggestions, meal planning and grocery shopping tips.

“’Spend Smart. Eat Smart.’ is a website and blog designed to help families with low resources make the most out of the funds that they have and eat as well as possible on a tight grocery budget,” said Christine Hradek, ISU Extension and Outreach’s coordinator for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and the Family Nutrition Program. “We want to counter the idea that in order to eat healthy you have to spend a lot of money on food.”

August 5, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Three new resources have been developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help Iowa corn and soybean producers calculate Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. Posted on Ag Decision Maker, these tools will help farmers who enroll in these programs from the 2014 Farm Bill  calculate the amount of the government payment if prices and/or county revenues are down.

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

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

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

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

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

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