Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- A new publication is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Using Accounting Software for Food Hubs: Processing Traceable Orders (LF0009) is a step-by-step tutorial based on QuickBooks Professional accounting day selection of products

Food hubs facilitate food sales between farmers and customers within their local region by providing marketing, aggregation, packing, delivery and farmer support. With the rise in demand for locally grown food, the number of food hubs has grown as well, with more than 300 identified nationally and about 12 in Iowa.

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 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Fall’s arrival brings a natural question: Even though the weather has turned cooler, how does lawn care and preparation change? Colder weather doesn’t mean lawns should be ignored. Rather, there are plenty of ways to prepare lawns for the winter ahead and optimal performance next spring.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to handle fall lawn care. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Michelle Hanson and her son, Nash, are cutting fruit. Correction — Nash is cutting fruit with the help of a non-slip, fruit-shaped cutting board and a plastic safety knife. Hanson looks on with pride.mother watches as son cuts fruit in kitchen

“He was so excited and proud of the recipes he completed,” she said. “He is a very active little boy, so for him to enjoy time in the kitchen is a treat to see!”

Statewide Resources

  • 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. This series of handouts 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 -

  • Safe Food

    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.

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer

    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.

  • Spend Smart, Eat Smart

    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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