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Local Highlights

May 24, 2017

Are you an avid gardener or a local foods fan? Do you and your family enjoy learning about where your food comes from and/or how to eat healthy? If so, please consider joining us for any and/or all of our upcoming Summer 2017 Garden to Table events taking place throughout Lyon, Sioux, Osceola and O'Brien Counties. From kids to adults, we've got something for the whole family!

May 10, 2017

Would you like to have a first-hand look at where your dairy products come from? If so, join the Stensland Family and ISU Extension and Outreach Regional Food Coordinator Margaret Murphy for a tour of this local dairy on Friday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Receive an up-close look at dairy operations, the creamery and the Stensland's store. 

May 1, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Lyon County will host their Clover Kids Year-End Celebration on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids. The event will feature the Sioux Falls Great Plains Zoomobile. “We are so excited to have the Zoomobile joining us for our year-end celebration,” said Laura Beyenhof, Lyon County K-12 Program Assistant with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We know that our Clover Kids will love meeting new animals and exploring the places that the animals call home.”

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

May 23, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is searching for volunteers to help with harvest of produce at the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden this summer. The garden is located at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids. Produce from the garden is donated to area pantries as part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s efforts to fight hunger in Iowa. 

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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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