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Local Highlights

June 16, 2014

Purchase local produce, baked goods and other hand made items at the Mills County Farmers Markets.

local foods
March 13, 2014

Did you know that residents of Southwest Iowa (*) spend over 370 million dollars on food annually?  Over 90% of this food is produced in other states and countries.  Are you interested in finding out more about where to find fresh local produce, meats and dairy in our area?  Are you a producer of any of these locally grown foods?  Would you like to have your producer information published in a Local Food guide for Southwest Iowa?   

Region 17 4-H Table Setting
April 22, 2014

Region 17 4-H Table Setting Event
Join with other 4-H'ers in your county and across Region 17 to participate in this growing program where you will apply your communication, hospitality, planning and food and nutrition skills to plan an event around serving a meal for friends, family or both. To learn more about the event and what you will need to do to participate click her to go to the Region 17 4-H Table Setting Webpage.

February 11, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 GAP Workshops for fruit and vegetable producers in the Spring of 2014.
These one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.  The training will provide assistance in writing  and implementing GAPs for  those  interested in  both wholesale  and direct marketing. The key instructors will be Dr. Angela Shaw, Dr. Catherine Strohbehn, Heather Snyder and Linda Naeve.

August 20, 2013

Iowans should feel free to eat fresh produce and enjoy summer’s bounty, but also take care to handle these foods safely, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Other Resources:

Extension’s Energy Tip for you

If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with new energy efficient double-pane windows with high-performance glass (e.g., low-e). This tip is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and ISU Extension.

EcoFamily Virtual Conference-

Each participant is asked to read, watch videos, and do activities each month. Then people gather online each of six months for a 90-minute session. Participants then share what they have learned and accomplished around home, neighborhood and community.

Topics:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Stuff
  • Living Green
  • Energy
  • Neighbors

Giving a registration also makes a great gift!

Just in Time Parenting Information--Age-specific parenting information compiled by the National Network of Extension Specialistsin Child Development and Family Life

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.

  • 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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