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September 2010 -- From Jerry Miller

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The elements were all there for a perfect Farm Progress Show — some rain, some mud, but also some sunshine. They made an acceptable mix of weather and appropriate materials for the Iowa State displays.

This year, the exhibit in the Iowa State University hoop building was a visual representation of how the university and ISU Extension work together and in partnership with farmers to help them make profitable and caring decisions about their interactions with the land.

Designed by Iowa State students and staffed by faculty, researchers and extension specialists, the exhibit focused on one thing: the full crop production cycle as it relates to soil and water. Visitors got a hands-on education as they walked through corn, soybean and energy grasses; touched the soil cores; pulled bottles of water from the water wall; or gasped at the sizable soil block representing 10 tons of soil loss. And they saw and heard the message from Iowa State University faculty and staff, through the colleges and extension “working together to care for our land.”

In this newsletter you’ll learn about another ISU Extension partnership, the Iowa Hunger Summit, as well as our work helping an Iowa company grow, providing resources for parents and helping communities deal with long-term post-flood housing issues.


Extension is partner in Hunger Summit Oct. 12

Iowa Hunger Summit

Iowa State University Extension is proud to be partnering in a wonderful opportunity to showcase Iowa’s leadership in the fight against hunger – both at home and abroad. The Fourth Annual Iowa Hunger Summit, Oct. 12 in Des Moines, is a unique event – free and open to the public – for all Iowans interested or involved in fighting hunger and improving nutrition. The day-long program will feature both educational and interactive sessions on a variety of hunger-related issues, featuring organizations including ISU Extension and several of its partners.

In advance of the event, all Iowans are encouraged to share their stories about what their communities and organizations are doing to fight hunger at Extension staff involved in projects to overcome food insecurity will be submitting information about the impact of these efforts over the past year.

Please encourage your local partners, community leaders and any other interested colleagues and contacts to likewise send in information about their anti-hunger efforts at

Individuals or community groups interested in attending the event should register now at The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.
For more information contact ISU Extension specialist Kim Greder,, or Justin Hayes with the World Food Prize,, 515-245-3734.

Recycling and CIRAS resources are good mix for remanufacturer

Hy-Capacity groundbreaking

A successful “re” mix is keeping Hy-Capacity Inc. on track for a $2 million expansion, job creation and environmental stewardship.

An ongoing commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling has garnered awards and recognition for the Humboldt, Iowa remanufacturer of tractor components. In addition, resources from ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) help the company stay focused on continuous improvement.

Parents turn to Science of Parenting online resource for latest research

The Science of Parenting

Parents with inquiring minds want to know more than just buzz words about cyberbullying, video gaming and other hot topics related to raising kids and teens. Now they can get the latest research from the Science of Parenting, a new online resource from ISU Extension. Parents can subscribe to a blog, get messages on Twitter, listen to podcasts and soon download publications — with reliable, research-based parenting information. 

Eight Iowa towns are part of ISU post-flood housing assessment

house that was damaged by flooding

As Iowa communities hit by this summer’s flooding cope with immediate cleanup and recovery issues, other communities continue to deal with the long-term housing effects of the 2008 floods.

Iowa State University and ISU Extension researchers are working with local officials in eight communities hit by the 2008 floods: Mason City, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Coralville, Waverly, Columbus Junction and Charles City. The Iowa State team is assessing new housing constructed since the 2008 floods to determine whether it is affordable and a spatial match for the communities’ economic base.

Search begins for next vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach

The search is under way for the next vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Wendy Wintersteen and associate provost David Holger will co-chair the search committee. Final candidates likely will visit campus in late 2010 or early 2011, and the position is expected to be filled by June 30, 2011. Nominations for the post may be submitted to

Additional information is available from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.