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December 2010 -- From Jerry Miller

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Iowa State University Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve quality of life in Iowa. That’s our mission. This newsletter offers a few examples of those partnerships, including providing sustainable housing in Corning, strengthening communities through cooperatives and even keeping consumers safe from bad leftovers. (If there’s still Thanksgiving food in the back of your fridge, throw it out!)

As another year comes to an end, we are extremely thankful for all the partnerships in which we’ve been involved. We in ISU Extension are privileged to serve the people of Iowa, and we look forward to continuing to put Iowa State resources to work, solving the issues facing our state today.

We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy, prosperous new year.


Corning is site of ‘groundbreaking’ sustainable and affordable housing

groundbreaking for Iowa House

Extension and partners broke ground in Corning at the site of the new “Iowa House,” a sustainable and affordable home designed by Iowa State architecture students. The students are part of the College of Design’s Bridge Studio, an innovative course that “builds bridges” between sustainability and affordability, as well as design and community and practice and education. The approach demonstrates that green building practices can save costs.

eXtension launches Web resource for cooperatives

Cooperatives Community of Practice

eXtension (pronounced E-extension) is launching a new online community of practice (CoP) for cooperatives, businesses jointly owned and democratically managed by their members. Members of existing cooperatives as well as people interested in creating, managing or joining cooperatives will find decision tools, case studies and other research-based information on eXtension, said Madeline Schultz, an ISU Extension specialist who is the Cooperatives CoP co-leader.

Schultz said Iowa State and partnering land-grant universities are offering information on the cooperative business model as a way to grow and strengthen communities.

Big, red #4 protects consumers from bad leftovers

4-day throw away

Food leftovers quickly can become unsafe and cause foodborne illnesses. That’s why a giant, red #4 has arrived with the message “after four days, throw it away!”

The “4-Day Throw Away” campaign, with #4 as its mascot, is informing consumers about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers. Funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, it’s a partnership between ISU Extension and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Learn more on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Extension’s new ‘house’ strengthens families and youth programs

Nancy Franz

Extension’s programs for families and youth have been like two houses built side by side, according to Nancy Franz, the new associate dean for ISU Extension and Outreach for Families and 4-H Youth. “We’ve been good neighbors for many years, and both houses are in good shape. But in today’s market, having one house makes more sense.”

One of Franz’ tasks is to develop the blueprint for blending extension educational programs that strengthen families with 4-H youth development efforts that build leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills in youth.

Managing supply chains helps companies compete

supply chain management

Supply chain management is a total systems approach to managing a company’s entire flow of information, materials and services — from raw-material suppliers through factories and warehouses to the end customer. Effective supply chain management is critical to competing in today’s global marketplace. Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the College of Business have developed a 13-part supply chain management series that covers everything from basic practices to advanced topics such as risk management.