About ISU Extension and Outreach: Union County
In 1903 a group of Iowa farmers cooperated with Iowa State University to establish the "extension idea" - taking the land-grant college to the people. Today Iowa State University Extension partners with citizen groups in every county in Iowa. Here are a few examples of ISU Extension at work in Union County.
Research-based learning opportunities improve quality of life in Union County. Iowa State University Extension brings programs to the people of Union County in the areas of agriculture, business and industry, continuing education, families and youth.
The Union 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 Union County.
Our 2011 Points of Pride tells how we act on that commitment.
Union County programs are fulfilling that commitment:
- Becoming a scientist or engineer is not easy, but Iowa teens are getting hands-on experience.
- In only seven weeks, a child can learn how to stay away from alcohol and drugs.
- Starting conversations that lead to farm business transitions from one generation to the next is hard – we help get them started.
- Schools and restaurants are trained to safely prepare nutritious foods.
- Families are learning how to prepare healthy, economical meals.
- Foods grown and marketed locally boost the local economy and fulfill consumer demands
- Our communities are more sustainable.
- Businesses get individualized support they need to grow.
- Farmers depend on us for the latest crop production research.
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.
Union County Extension Council - A county council is elected to determine the direction of programming to meet the needs of Union County citizens. Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Extension office in Creston.
4-H - Union County Extension provides programs for promoting positive youth development. Union County conducts 4-H programming in three modes:
Community Club: There are 11 community clubs in Union County, one club being specific to the study of dogs and another club specific to the study of horses. Clubs meet on a monthly (out of school time) basis to learn life skills through project work. Clubs are lead by youth officers and adult volunteers.
School Enrichment: Extension staff work with teachers and volunteers during the school day or after school providing activities in a non-competitive environment.
Special Interest: Programs focus on specific interests or issues with the structure dependent on the needs of the group. The Horse and Riders and Wiggles and Wags 4-H clubs are examples of special interest youth groups.
Clover Kids - Clover Kids is a 4-H program for children kindergarten through third grade. Activities are done through hands-on learning where kids do an activity, see the results, then talk about what has taken place. The program is offered both after school and as an extension of the 4-H community club.
Child and Adult Care Food Program - The Union County Extension Office partners with the Child and Adult Care Food Program to offer child care providers with the most up-to-date ways to continually serve nutritious and safe foods. If you are a provider and looking for information on ways to better serve the families in your program, this is a perfect place to begin.
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