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ISU Extension to Participate in 'Market to Market' Rural Economic Summit

10/21/2009

SHENANDOAH, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension programs that help Iowans Manage Tough Times will be featured as part of a national television broadcast that will originate in Shenandoah on Oct. 22.

ISU Extension is participating in a Rural Economic Summit hosted by Iowa Public Television’s "Market to Market," the nation’s longest-running weekly agribusiness program. The Summit is the first of four segments in four states that will examine the impact of the economic recession in rural America.

The Summit is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Shenandoah High School Auditorium, 1000 Mustang Drive, and will include a town hall discussion by a panel of experts in front of a live audience. One of the panelists will be Tim Eggers, ISU Extension farm management program specialist serving southwest Iowa. A resource fair and a behind-the-scenes look at a new cutting-edge algae production facility in Shenandoah also will be featured on the program, which will be broadcast in more than 20 states. It will air in Iowa on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. on Iowa Public Television; Saturday at 8 a.m. on IPTV World; and on Sunday, Oct. 25, at noon on IPTV.

The ISU Extension display at the Resource Fair will feature materials from the Managing Tough Times program that connects ISU Extension’s clients with the latest research and learning opportunities to help them address their needs. Extension provides resources not only from Iowa State University, but from land-grant universities across the nation.

Eggers will be at the display to answer questions and to provide information on Extension programs such as Annie’s Project, a risk management education program and the Agricultural Management e-School (AMES). Information on other ISU Extension resources, including Hotline numbers and local contacts, also will be available on site with web links to the featured programs provided on the IPTV Web site at http://www.iptv.org/mtom/RuralEconomicSummit.cfm

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Contacts :

Jacy Johnson, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-5672, jacyjohn@iastate.edu

Tim Eggers, Farm Management Program Specialist, (712) 542-5171, teggers@iastate.edu