Impact Features

2017 ISU Day at the Iowa Capitol

ISU Extension and Outreach shared the Land Grant Legacy at Iowa State University Day at the Capitol and reminded legislators that their elected positions give them a connection to Iowa State’s legacy.

Our Story: Small Talk for Early Literacy

Yes, you can read to babies. Through “Small Talk,” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Ames Public Library and Raising Readers in Story County are helping parents build literacy skills in very young children.

Mackenzie and Joel DeJong, and Joel's grandchildren

Extension Is Family for DeJongs

Mackenzie DeJong followed her father, Joel, into the "family business" -- ISU Extension and Outreach. She's a human sciences program coordinator based in O’Brien County. They reflect on how extension work became part of their life.


Legacy: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach celebrates its legacy, connecting our past to our present, and continues to look forward.

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

Discover Garden at Iowa State Fair after renovations

See Urban Conservation, Beautification at Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden

Visitors will enjoy $70,000 of improvements to the Discovery Garden during the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21. It’s a prime example of how the Polk County Master Gardeners – and ISU Extension and Outreach – serve and give back to Iowans through education and engagement.

Our Story: Hands on Hyperstream Tech Clubs

4-H youth are trying robotics, game design and multimedia in Hyperstream, a STEM Scale-Up program. ISU Extension and Outreach offers Hyperstream tech clubs to engage young people and excite them about careers in STEM.

Fans Win with #ISU99 Scavenger Hunt

Follow #ISU99 on social media and join a scavenger hunt for a box of Iowa State Cyclone items. Watch for clues every day until Cyclone football season begins in September: 99 prize packages in 99 counties in 99 days!

Our Story: Women Managing Cattle

Women Managing Cattle is a program for farm women to meet, share their experiences in the cattle industry, and learn from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. Women are important in agriculture, and the cattle business is no different. The Women Managing Cattle program hopes to build relationships and educate women in the cattle business by focusing on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems. 

Our Story: Intertwine - Yarn Bomb a Building, Engage a Community

People from 14 states contributed handmade squares to “yarn bomb” an Ames building. ISU Extension and Outreach specialist Jennifer Drinkwater explains the result: Intertwine, public art that engages Iowans.

‎#STRONGIOWA: Himar Hernandez’ Story

Himar Hernandez, community and economic development assistant director, talks about helping a Latino couple start two new businesses and improve their family’s financial security. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

#STRONGIOWA: Kris Kohl’s Story

Kris Kohl, an ag engineering specialist, talks about a farmer who was able to save herself from being overcome by manure gas in a hog confinement because of what she learned in his manure certification training class. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

#STRONGIOWA: Glennda Bivens’ Story

Glennda Bivens, a community development specialist, tells how providing opportunities for minority entrepreneurs can transform communities. Her story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

#STRONGIOWA: Dave Baker’s Story

Dave Baker, a farm transition specialist, talks about helping families make difficult decisions and carry on after the death of a loved one, as they transfer the family farm to the next generation. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

#STRONGIOWA: Julie Mayhew’s Story

Julie Mayhew, a family nutrition program assistant, tells how nutrition education has made an impact in the lives of new Iowans. Her story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

#STRONGIOWA: Caleb Carver’s Story

4-H county youth coordinator Caleb Carver tells how kids enjoy hands-on learning in a community garden and describes one child’s excitement about bringing home food for her family. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.

What We All Want

There’s a reason we do what we do in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: We want a strong Iowa.

Our Story: Buy Eat Live Healthy

Through nutrition education programs from ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa families learn how to budget their food dollars, save time and money by planning meals, and make wise food choices to stay healthy.

How Farmers Can Deal with Weeds Resistance

ISU Extension and Outreach weed scientists and field agronomists educate farmers about diversifying their weed management to deal with weeds that have grown resistant to simple management systems.

Our Story: County Extension Councils

Extension council members are elected officials and are responsible for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They manage the county extension budget, hire county staff and help select educational programming from ISU Extension and Outreach.