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September 2013 -- From Cathann Kress

Extension and Outreach work continues year round, but because we are part of Iowa State, the start of the fall semester always is a special time. As the colleges have their convocations and the students return for class, the campus climate is crisp with renewal.

I’ve heard feedback this summer that some people still are confused regarding our vision for Extension and Outreach, and are unclear about where we are headed. So I’m renewing my commitment to communicate about the kind of organization we want to be and to share the vision that we articulated at our Leadership Summit. With our renewed emphasis in professional development, we have an opportunity to consider our organizational culture and how we fulfill our vision. I also intend to stay focused on securing more resources, working with our leadership team to strategically address gaps, strengthening our evaluation processes and metrics so we can better report our impacts, and listening closely to our partners and constituents.

-- Cathann

Iowa State to establish Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Network

Economic Development Administration logo

Iowa State University will be establishing the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Network with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant was awarded to the ISU Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service.

“The EDA-ISU partnership will help match university experts with advanced manufacturing companies to provide the innovation and technology solutions Iowa industry needs to remain competitive in a global economy,” said CIRAS Director Ron Cox.

Producers and Iowa benefit from forage and pasture education

pasture field day

Iowa beef producers are raising more beef from fewer forage acres after putting into practice forage and grazing management education offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Producers said the practices they implemented as a result of the programs had provided a median economic value of more than $1,000 per operation. Increasing forage production on marginal land benefits the producer and the rest of Iowa. It improves economic activity in rural Iowa when forage acres are more profitable, and reduces soil erosion and improves water quality when grasslands are well maintained.

Happiness is STEM outreach at the Iowa State Fair

STEM 4-H activities at Iowa State Fair

An Iowa State University project offered kids hands-on experience with the carbon cycle, biorenewables, solar cars and wind energy at the 4-H Exhibits Building during the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s “STEM at the Iowa State Fair” event. Youth played educational games on iPad minis, made solar cars and even got their hands dirty with biochar experiments as part of the science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Check this infographic to learn about 4-H youth participation at the Iowa State Fair.

2014 nutrition and fitness calendar available

2014 nutrition calendar

Plan complete meals, figure total meal calories and follow nutritious, taste-tested recipes with “Healthy & Homemade Meals: 2014 Nutrition and Fitness Calendar.” ISU Extension and Outreach creates the calendar and partners with 54 universities and organizations to make it available across the United States. The full-color calendar is available in English and Spanish.

“You need only low-cost, readily available ingredients and basic equipment and appliances to create these delicious meals,” said the calendar’s author, Peggy Martin. “You’ll also find food safety suggestions, and you can track your daily fitness activities on the calendar grid.”