About ISU Extension and Outreach: Shelby County

Iowa State University Extension serves Iowans through six program areas:  Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business and Industry; Communities; Families; 4-H Youth Development; and Continuing Education.  Shelby County Extension & Outreach brings the University to you!

Shelby County Extension & Outreach brings the resources of Iowa State University to you through a variety of ways:

  • telephone inquiries
  • consultations in our office (and/or occasionally) your place of business or residence
  • radio and newspapers
  • public meetings, workshops, and conferences
  • newsletters
  • printed publications
  • Internet
  • teaming up with other organizations and agencies
  • referrals

Extension Council members are elected by the voters of Shelby County to serve four year terms.  They oversee the planning, preparation, marketing, and delivery of the extension educational program in the county.  Every county in Iowa has an extension council.  Extension councils provide, through a unique partnership with Iowa State University and other federal and state organizations, research-based, unbiased information and education to help county citizens make better decisions.

The Extension Council meets the first Tuesday of every month, at 5:00 p.m. at the Extension Office in Harlan.

The Shelby County Extension Council, county staff and ISU Extension and Outreach staff work together to provide research-based learning opportunities for our citizens. Through this partnership, we carry Iowa State University’s land-grant mission across Shelby County.

Our Points of Pride tells how we act on that commitment.

Shelby County programs are fulfilling that commitment:

We can anticipate trends, build relationships, and catalyze opportunities because we are part of the ongoing life of our communities, committed to healthy people, healthy environments, and healthy economies.

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