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December 13, 2018

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules: • Introduction to Produce Safety • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training • Soil Amendments • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables.  If you are a fruit or vegetable processor, please click here for more information about the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance trainings. 

How Much:
$20 for Iowa growers.  $120 for out of state growers.
Fee includes PSA manual, certificate of completion, and lunch.
If you have more than one person attending from the same farm/company AND you want to share one PSA manual, you can register two people for the price of one.  Contact us for details. (IowaFSMA@iastate.edu or 515-294-6773)

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December 10, 2018

The workshops are FREE to attend but space is limited. Lunch, refreshments and course material will be provided.To register email visitiowafarms@iastate.edu or call 515-294-9483.

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June 18, 2018

Thanks KWWL for interviewing Steven and spreading the word about this HEALTH Hazard WEED! Please read more:

Steve Eilers, Urban Agriculture Specialist   seilers@iastate.edu   319-234-6811 

May 24, 2018

“Strengthening Relationships in the African American Community in Black Hawk County” is a research project completed this past year by Dr. Tera Jordan and a local team of facilitators.  Black Hawk County has the highest concentration of African Americans in Iowa. This project’s purpose is to strengthen connections between the county’s African American community and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Results of the study circles and action forums have been analyzed and included in a report with recommendationsCommunity presentation and reception was on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:00pm at the George Washington Carver Academy.

See Strengthening Relationship Report

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

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    Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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    A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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    Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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