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Iowans are ‘managing tough times’ – with help from ISU Extension

Managing Tough Times

During today’s uncertain economic times, Iowans must make the most of their money, knowledge and skills as they make decisions for their families, businesses, communities and farms. At the new Managing Tough Times website, ISU Extension brings together facts, tools and experts so Iowans can answer the tough questions they’re facing. Most of these resources are no cost or low cost.

Continually updated to meet changing needs, the Managing Tough Times website delivers the best available resources from ISU Extension, land-grant universities and other reliable resources.

Telephone hotlines, interactive websites, experts and publications are available to help families and households with finances, nutrition and health, and coping with stress. Find recipes, tips and blogs by experts who help families provide nutritious meals on a limited budget.

Iowa businesses and communities have their own issues during tough economic times, but knowing where to go for assistance makes it possible to manage. Managing Tough Times links to experts, websites and current programs from ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and other sources that can make a difference any time, but especially right now. Businesses that want to understand the market potential of providing their products and services to the federal, state or local governments, or reduce the barriers inherent in government contracting are linked to contacts. Iowans also can learn more about ISU Extension programs that develop business and community leaders.

The Farming in Today’s Changing Economy section of the website offers calculators, articles, videos and expert contact information for the traditional farmer as well as transitioning farmers and small scale farmers. Those who want help creating an in-depth financial plan to guide their decisions can connect with ISU Extension associates. Farmers considering transitioning out of farming can watch a video that explains the help available through the Beginning Farmer Center.

Visit ISU Extension’s Managing Tough Times website and share it with others who may need assistance.

This article appeared in March 2009 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter