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January 2012 -- From Cathann Kress

Cathann Kress

Here in Iowa, people care about each other and their communities. That’s why they have invested in Iowa State University  — and Extension and Outreach. We honor that investment as we put the university’s research to work throughout the state. It’s our land-grant mission.

We provide ongoing access to education — as we anticipate issues, act in catalytic ways, and stay for the long haul. That’s our commitment to Iowans and to Iowa’s future.

Last year about 1.8 million people benefited from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational programs, and nearly 17,000 volunteers worked with us.

Some 94,000 youth were involved in 4-H programs. That’s one in five Iowa school-age youth.

Companies who have worked with our Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) reported making $43 million in new investments and creating or retaining more than 6,000 jobs.

Our field agronomists consulted one-on-one with more than 10,000 crop farmers.

Our community development specialists helped Iowa communities leverage more than $29 million in grants and resources to complete infrastructure, building and other projects.

Finally, more than 196,000 Iowans increased their understanding and skills on family issues through noncredit workshops and conferences.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach can anticipate trends, build relationships and catalyze opportunities because we are part of the ongoing life of Iowa’s communities, committed to healthy people, healthy environments and healthy economies. We’re people advancing people.

Follow the links in this newsletter to our 2011 Annual Report. Then watch the videos and explore more ways ISU Extension and Outreach impacts Iowa.

-- Cathann

Anticipating Issues

Scott Timm and students in Fairfield

ISU Extension and Outreach anticipates emerging issues and trends. We ask questions and provide education so Iowans can thrive and succeed. For example, Scott Timm, an ISU Extension community economic development specialist, works with the city of Fairfield on sustainability issues. A recent project involved high school students weatherizing older homes in the community.

Through the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, ISU Extension and Outreach educates caregivers so they can take better care of themselves and provide better care to their loved ones.

Deann Hebert teaches family and consumer sciences at Des Moines East High School. She tells how ISU Extension and Outreach is able to anticipate what students and 4-H’ers need — to be part of something and be successful. Watch the video about these efforts.

Acting in Catalytic Ways

Cindy Danielson

ISU Extension and Outreach acts in catalytic ways — creating opportunities and building relationships. We bring the right people together to move Iowa forward. For example, Cindy Danielson, general manager of Hy-Capacity Inc. in Humboldt, explains how ISU Extension and Outreach, through CIRAS, improved the layout of the plant, provided training and connected the company with answers to their specific issues.

ISU Extension and Outreach partners with West Liberty Economic Area Development (WE-LEAD). Executive Director Karen Lathrop tells how the partnership focuses on the local business base, works with small entrepreneurs as well as larger companies and supports rural economic development.

The Northeast Iowa Farm to School program connects schools with their local agricultural communities. Part of the program involves engaging high school students as farm-to-school educators. These older students teach younger students about local foods. Watch the video about these efforts.

Staying for the Long Haul

Dana Sleezer and Joel DeJong

ISU Extension and Outreach stays for the long haul, partnering and providing resources, research and education to assist Iowans. For example, farmer Dana Sleezer says ISU Extension and Outreach will continue to be part of his family’s farming operation as they use university research to make educated decisions.

ISU Extension and Outreach has been providing continuing education and professional development to Iowa’s municipal clerks, secretaries and other local officials since 1975. Debra Hartman shares how the training helps her every day as Sheffield city clerk.

When severe weather two days before the Benton County fair resulted in extensive property and crop damage, ISU Extension and Outreach took action, dealing with immediate clean-up, as well as bringing together farmers to discuss the crop and livestock situation and emergency programs available. ISU Extension and Outreach remains involved in cleaning up storm damage, solving grain storage issues and dealing with concerns as they arise. Watch the videos about these efforts.