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May 2014 -- From Cathann Kress

ISU Day at the Capitol

Extension and Outreach had great exposure during ISU Day at the Capitol in April. Among those representing Extension and Outreach with me was Terry Maloy, executive director of the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils. We had substantial conversations with Senator Dan Zumbach (in photo, at left) and so many others throughout the day.

The Extension and Outreach team spoke with many decision-makers, who showed great interest in our display that featured annual report facts, and the Gift Worth Sharing and Smith-Lever Resolution videos. ISU President Leath was impressed with Extension and Outreach’s presence at the event. We appreciated this opportunity to share our Extension and Outreach story and hear from decision-makers how our work impacts their constituents. We’re focused on feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping their communities to prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation in better shape than we found it. That’s the whole point of a land-grant university. Extension and Outreach is making a difference for Iowans.

-- Cathann

Iowa Retail Initiative engages design students with southwest Iowa communities

design students

Some Iowa State University design students are stepping out of the hypothetical and into the actual in Clarinda, Red Oak and Shenandoah. What started as design concepts for individual community storefronts and streetscapes has evolved into a regional vision with connections and collaborations that can strengthen the area’s economy.

The effort is part of the ISU Extension and Outreach Iowa Retail Initiative. The retail program connects the university with communities to support Iowa’s independent retailers and revitalize rural downtowns.

Interested in eating local? CSA directory puts more Iowa producers on the map

community supported agriculture

Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.

Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and ISU Extension and Outreach, this publication identifies local producers who operate Community Supported Agriculture enterprises that supply consumers with local, fresh, organic and sustainably produced food during the growing season. The directory will be updated annually.

Juntos encourages Latino students to pursue higher education

Juntos family

Juntos: Together for a Better Education has reached more than 250 families in eight Iowa communities. The ISU Extension and Outreach program aims to help Latino students pursue higher education. As part of the program’s growth, 16 people were trained this spring to become facilitators who will implement Juntos programs in a greater number of Iowa communities.

“We link youth and parents together. Parents have a lot of influence in helping shape the education of their children,” said Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach specialist.

2014 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference registration now open

Iowa 4-H Conference

More than 1,000 teenagers are expected to converge on the Iowa State University campus June 24-26 for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. They’ll take part in three days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet and community service activities.

“The conference gives these youth the opportunity to meet new friends, find new opportunities, and learn about the community and themselves in the process,” said Brenda Allen, conference coordinator and 4-H youth program specialist.