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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 6


AMES, Iowa -- Throughout Iowa, ISU Extension supports economic growth and works to improve quality of life by encouraging business development, helping to create jobs and expanding entrepreneurial activity, according to Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach.

Jerry Chizek, regional extension education director in Region 6, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include Calhoun County Extension managing two farmers’ markets.

ISU Extension also helped a manufacturer in Garner improve processes and increase production and annual sales.

For more information about ISU Extension’s economic development statewide efforts, see www.extension.iastate.edu/AED/ for a sampling of projects in each county.


About eight projects have been reported for six counties in ISU Extension Region 6, including the following:


  • Advanced Swine Management Conference
  • Area's High School Alumni Surveyed on Community Needs

Buena Vista

  • Family Nutrition Program


  • Master Gardeners Beautify Pocahontas


  • CIRAS Assists GOMACO with Quality System Certification
  • Extension Helps Biodiesel Facilities Progress in Ida County


  • Disaster Response to Damage Caused by Hailstorm, Summer 2009


  • Calhoun County Extension Managed Two Farmers’ Markets in 2009

Contacts :

Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach, jpayne@iastate.edu, (515) 294-4603

Jerry Chizek, Region 6 extension education director, jwchizek@iastate.edu (712) 662-7131

Jacy Johnson, extension strategic relations manager, jacyjohn@iastate.edu, (515) 294-5672