Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 17-22. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension education efforts throughout the state.
The 2023 week will focus on volunteers and Extension supporters. “Extension week is a great time to show our appreciation for the people who participate in our educational programs, as well as the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support our work in Kossuth County,” said Meredith Nelson, Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Kossuth County.
Kossuth County can join in on the fun throughout the week. People of all ages are invited to participate in the #StrongIowa coloring contest by submitting a completed coloring page by 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 20th to the Extension Office. Each submission will be eligible to win a prize package, including a: 4-H cinch bag, hammock, water bottle and more. Coloring pages will be available at the Kossuth County Office (1121 HWY 18 E, Algona) or can be downloaded here.
Throughout the week, volunteers will be featured on the Kossuth County Facebook pages: @ISUExtKossuth and @KossuthCounty4HIowa. “Many don’t realize how many people volunteer with our Extension programs, especially 4-H. This is one way to recognize the incredible work they do,” said Jane Koppen, County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Kossuth County. Extension volunteers include 4-H club leaders, livestock superintendents, fair volunteers, Master Gardeners, and so many others.
To wrap up the week, all area residents are invited to attend a Chamber Coffee at the Kossuth County Extension office on Friday, April 21st at 9:30 am. This will be an opportunity for staff to say “thanks a ‘hole’ bunch” to volunteers and community partners who continue to support Extension work in the county. Donut holes and coffee be available during the event.
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.
The Kossuth County Extension Council members are Chuck Bormann, Brad Buscher, Phil Divis, Troy Kane, Julie Larson, David Laubenthal, Shelly Louwagie, Katie Patten, and Linda Peterson.
“ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow. With the support of our elected council, our educational opportunities for the people of Kossuth County continue to grow” said Pam Kollasch, Administrative Assistant with ISU Extension and Outreach in Kossuth County.
For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit www.extension.iastate.edu or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County office at (515) 295-2469.