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March 2013 -- From Cathann Kress

As we prepare for ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 24-30, we’ve been listening to Iowans sharing their stories. Last month three Iowans voiced their support for ISU Extension and Outreach all the way to Washington, D.C. Donald E. Latham, Alexander, president of Latham Farms and DTB Farms; Iowa Representative and farmer Sally Stutsman, Riverside; and Robert J. Petrzelka, Mt. Pleasant, owner and president of Geode Forestry Inc., participated in the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) Conference. They visited each of the Iowa congressional offices to share their stories about the difference Extension and Outreach makes in the lives of Iowans.

Over the past few weeks a number of Iowans have been sharing their experiences about 4-H youth camping at the Iowa 4-H Center. We are glad to hear their stories and are grateful that 4-H has been an important part of their lives. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to high quality 4-H camping programs and we are proud of our combined efforts to support 4-H camping across Iowa.

And in a new video on the Extension and Outreach website, Hagie Manufacturing shares the story of their successful partnership with CIRAS.

We’re thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Iowa, and we look forward to Iowans continuing to share their stories during Extension and Outreach Week and throughout the year.

-- Cathann

Hagie partnership with CIRAS provides a key to success

Hagie Manufacturing

Hagie Manufacturing, in Clarion, Iowa, focuses on innovation in the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry. CEO Alan Hagie says the company’s long-term partnership with CIRAS has been a key factor in its success.

CIRAS specialists “were able to take a fresh look at this company and see what the opportunities were,” Hagie said. Watch the video to learn more.

New Iowa State weather stations to monitor soil moisture

weather station

Iowa State University is upgrading weather stations at several research and demonstration farms. With drought conditions continuing across Iowa, ISU Extension agronomist Elwynn Taylor said the stations offer a risk management tool for crop producers.

“The updated stations provide information on the soil moisture resource and the actual crop water consumption,” Taylor said. “Farmers will be able to know the yield limits being placed on crop yield by water stress as the season progresses.”

Youth prepare for State Science and Technology Fair

State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Young Iowa scientists are gearing up for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa April 5. Iowa State and Extension and Outreach are long-time sponsors of this annual event.

Our 4-H youth development programs always have included hands-on STEM learning experiences with a solid focus on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences,” said 4-H STEM director Jay Staker. “Today, 4-H has grown to include rocketry, robotics, bio-fuels, renewable energy, computer science, environmental sciences and more.”

Conserve water to prepare for possible water shortages

Kristi Cooper

Ongoing effects from the drought may hit closer to home with possible water shortages this year across the state. Iowans can prepare by finding simple ways to conserve water in their own homes. Extension family life specialist Kristi Cooper says families can follow many simple tips to reduce water use.

She has compiled a list of tips for families as well as a worksheet for calculating indoor household water use.