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Extension Works for Rural Vitality, Economic Opportunities for Agriculture

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Iowa State University Extension provides research-based information and education to agricultural producers, landowners, agribusiness personnel, community development officials and policy-makers to enhance the value of Iowa’s agricultural industry, increase rural vitality, protect the state’s natural resources and stimulate new economic development opportunities.


  • 132,936 Iowans called ISU Extension hotlines or received individual consultations to improve agricultural production and make agriculture-related industries more efficient.
  • 129,253 Iowans participated in ISU Extension’s noncredit workshops, conferences, field meetings and home study programs to increase their understanding and skills related to agricultural enterprise management, natural resource protection and value-added development.
  • 27,221 commercial and private pesticide applicators and 3,000 manure applicators are trained annually to ensure that producers meet state and federal regulatory requirements, resulting in increased efficiency of purchased and on-farm resources and enhanced protection of Iowa’s soil, water and air quality.
  • 4,203 agribusiness professionals participated in “train the trainer” programs to receive ISU Extension research and education. More than 80 percent of the state’s crop advisers rely on this information as they provide crop production recommendations to the state’s agricultural producers.
  • 2,800 Deere and Company employees have participated in the “In-tune with Agriculture, Knowledge to Deliver Customer Solutions” series since 2001. The workshops help employees gain a better understanding of farmers/customers and the changing global agricultural environment, and as a result provide better products and services.
  • 1,100 Ag Ventures Alliance members invested $21 million in Midwest Grain Processors and Golden Oval Eggs. During the past fiscal year, these two ventures generated $12.5 million in profits. With ISU Extension expertise and guidance, Iowa farmers organized the alliance to develop new value-added agriculture business ventures.
  • 2,000 active Extension Master Gardeners contributed more than 82,000 hours of volunteer service to their communities, with an estimated financial value of more than $940,000. They support Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry while improving quality of life in their communities.


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life. Learn more about ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu