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 brings the University to you!

Shelby County Extension 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 second Tuesday of every month, at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office in Harlan.

Shelby County Extension Council:

Front Row: Lori Peters, Laura Freund, Jo Kenkel

Back Row: Jake Schechinger, Dwight Carroll, Kay Goshorn and Shelly Christensen

Not Pictured: Travis Lane and Sue Nymand



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 2011 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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