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Local Highlights

September 17, 2014

Annie's Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable. Because the number of women operating farms in the U.S. has increased sharply in the past 30 years, this series of workshops is a must for today's farm and ranch women. All it requires is your zest for learning and six Monday evenings. A light supper begins at 5:30 pm and the program begins at 6:00 pm. Register today for this 6 week course!

September 16, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements. Please call the Warren County office to register 515-961-6237 or e-mail Kathryn Pierson at kpierson@iastate.edu

Polk County Demographics from Census 2010

Data for Decision Makers on Population, Agriculture, Retail Trade, Employment, Families, and Older Iowans.

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Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

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