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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Jasper County

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ISU Extension Job Opportunity, Extension Program Coordinator for Horticulture & Local Foods Program

ISU Extension & Outreach of Jasper County seeks a Extension Program Coordinator for Horticulture & Local Foods, 30 to 40 hours per week.  The Horticulture & Local Foods Program Coordinator will provide educational leadership in the application of knowledge, grounded in research-based science, to help clients and local foods producers prosper.  Professional educational leadership responsibilities focus on the development, delivery, and support for local horticultural clientele by answering homeowner questions and producer technical assistance.  In addition, the position will provide assistance and leadership to the Master Gardener Volunteer program for Jasper County.  The Coordinator will assist with the technical development of growers and producers as well as regional food initiative supporting and developing a delivery system for local foods and small farms.  Click here to access job description and application guidelines.


2019 County Fair Dates - July 19th - 25th


Attention 4-H and FFA members:

 For 2019: All 4-H livestock exhibitors will be required to be YQCA (known as FSQA) certified for Jasper County Fair exhibition for the following:


  • Beef

  • Dairy Cattle/Dairy Goat

  • Meat Goat

  • Poultry

  • Rabbit

  • Sheep

  • Swine

This is an online course at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/yqca

Youth who completed the FSQA test-out option previously, will be granted certification through their respective expiration date.
Deadline for taking the online course is July 1, 2019.


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County News

June 5, 2019

They are words we hope we’ll never hear: “your health insurance claim is denied.” It happens, though – millions of times each year. Sometimes a denial is legitimate – the treatment truly is not covered by the insurance policy. But at other times the claim was denied in error.

May 16, 2019

Your phone rings and you don’t recognize the number. Sound familiar? At my house, nine out of ten calls are unknown, or out of area calls.  When I have a few “missed call” numbers, I put them in the computer browser to see they are legitimate or a scam.  Most of the calls are scams. Phone scams are common, and they often prey on people’s generosity or fear. Nearly 1 in 6 Americans have lost money to a phone scam in the last 12 months, according to the 2019 U.S. Spam and Scam Report.

May 8, 2019

The current widespread measles outbreak results from too many people remaining un-vaccinated. But the underlying cause is deeper – the true cause is misinformation. There are some people who don’t get vaccinated because of an existing health problem. But most people who have not been vaccinated based that choice on information that was inaccurate and/or misleading.

May 7, 2019

Laura Jesse Iles, Dana Schweitzer

Adults are paying attention and taking actions to increase milkweed stands and native plantings in hopes of rebuilding monarch populations. By taking this attentiveness one step further and rearing monarchs, adults may encourage a child’s interest in science. These videos explain how to rear monarchs.

May 2, 2019

Now is the perfect time to prepare for canning season.


monarch butterfly on a flower

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