Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

May 1, 2015

Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert.

April 24, 2015

Tomatoes are a popular part of many Iowa gardens, and with spring here, the time to plant them is approaching. But when is too early to plant? Where should they be planted? And what variety is best for a home garden?

April 23, 2015

Minimize food safety risks at Farmers' Markets through free online certification courses

Master Gardener
April 21, 2015

Down to Earth is a regular feature of our website showcasing articles by Madison County Master Gardeners. 
Current article:   Germination  and  Down and Dirty with Your Soil

April 20, 2015

Keeping you current with the latest research from Iowa State University.

Canning and Freezing Tomatoes

Canning Fruits

Canning Fruit Spreads

Canning Meat, Poultry and Fish

Canning Pickles

Did you know the Madison County Extension office
will test your canner gauge and check your lid for free?
A service we offer you to ensure you have the best quality and safe consumption for your family.


Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Many consumers don’t realize how quickly leftovers can become unsafe.  Watch the videos and download the 4-Day Throw Away app to learn about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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