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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 28, 2015

Beth Marrs and Elizabeth Meimann like to say that, at AnswerLine, “if we can’t be your last call, we want to at least be your second-to-last call.”

That was the case on one unforgettable day.

One caller was self-cleaning her oven, and the process got out of control, creating flames in the oven.

“She said, 'I have a fire in my kitchen, what should I do?'" Meimann recalled. “It’s like, ‘Hang up and dial 911!'  Other people were eavesdropping (on my call),” Meimann said. “She said, ‘This is just the best service!’ We were telling her to clear everyone out of the house, go to the neighbor’s, call the fire department. On and on she went.”

August 5, 2015

This article is part of a cooperative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, SDSU Extension and University of Minnesota Extension to provide resources for families struggling with the human challenges brought on by avian influenza. To learn more, search #AvianFluImpact on social media and visit tiny.cc/find-answers-now.backyard chickens

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the spring of 2015 was devastating for many large turkey and egg layer farms, but the virus also affected smaller “household” flocks, explained Russ Daly, professor, SDSU Extension veterinarian and state public health veterinarian.  

“City dwellers are increasingly turning to backyard poultry flocks for food as well as for the enjoyment of raising these animals. These producers, as well as other citizens who enjoy songbirds, gardening and other activities in their urban backyards, have found themselves needing to increase their knowledge of this devastating disease,” Daly said.  

August 5, 2015

GRIMES, Iowa -- The science of auto racing and a fast time behind the wheel await some Iowa 4-H youth July 30. Approximately 30 youth will learn about science, technology, engineering and math in NASCAR and challenge NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace to a go cart race.

The event begins at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the MB2 Raceway, 1350 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 108, in Grimes.

U.S. Cellular, along with Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and Wallace, will lead a discussion on the role STEM plays within NASCAR. Wallace also will answer questions and participate in a go cart race with 4-H youth.

“This educational and fun opportunity allows youth to learn about aerodynamic principles such as drag, downforce and drafting – with a NASCAR driver,” said Keli Tallman, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 5, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Creating a beautiful, functioning landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place at the right time. As the seasons begin to change it’s important to think about what plants should be planted when.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists describe the correct plants and care to give for late summer and early fall plantings. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or athortline@iastate.edu.

Statewide Resources

  • 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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

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

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

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

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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