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Have fun as a family at K*Fest 2014!
Saturday, October 11  10am-3pm
Penn Central Mall - Oskaloosa

Learn it. Grow it. Teach it. Become a Master Gardener.

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3 Easy Steps to Healthy Meals

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Mahaska County

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2014 Southern Iowa Fair - Saturday, July 12-Saturday, July 19, 2014.

4-H & FFA Animal Identification Deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2014.  4-H'ers must use 4hOnline to ID animals. 
The Help Sheet for 4hOnline animal ID can be found here and FFA members will need to use paper IDs that can be found here.


How did ISU Extension and Outreach impact Mahaska County in 2013? 
Find out by clicking this link: 2013 Mahaska County ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Report

County News

April 22, 2014

Youth and families are encouraged to attend this annual event in Oskaloosa to learn more about the organizations and opportunities that are available to them in the area.  This event is held in the Penn Central Mall from 10am-3pm and is FREE!

April 17, 2014

If you will complete Kindergarten-8th grade this spring, you should check out our Summer Fun Day Camps!  These camps are open to anyone, not just 4-H and Clover Kids members.  We have LOTS of great HANDS-ON and FUN activities planned.  We're even going to have some really awesome guest presenters.  We're excited to offer these opportunities, so register TODAYSpace is limited for each camp.

April 10, 2014

All 4-H & FFA members who plan to exhibit particular species of livestock at the Southern Iowa Fair, Iowa State Fair, or Ak-Sar-Ben Stock Show must complete the FSQA certification.  FSQA is Food Safety & Quality Assurance.  Testing for 7th-12th graders will be held on Tuesday, May 27 between 3-5 p.m. and training for 4th-6th graders will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.  Click this link to learn more!

April 1, 2014

SpendSmart, EatSmart is a great ISU Extension and Outreach program that will provide adults with tips and information on how to eat healthier and spend less money.  

March 27, 2014

ServSafe Training will be Thursday May 22, 2014 9:00am to 4:30pm. The training will be held at the Mahaska County Extension Office in the auditorium. Testing will begin at 4:30pm.  Topics that will be covered include: providing safe food, contamination and food allergens, the safe food handler, flow of food: purchasing, receiving, storage, Flow of food: preparation and service, cleaning and sanitizing, pest management, facilities and equipment, and food safety management systems.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

The Iowa Senate has launched the centennial celebration of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Representatives from ISU Extension and Outreach took part in the event at the Iowa Capitol. Watch the video.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

April 24, 2014 01:19 PM

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University...

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