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March 22, 2018

Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation. According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

March 2, 2018

4-H youth in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend "PLUNGE! into 4-H" Camp on April 27-28 at Camp Foster - YMCA near Spirit Lake. Youth will participate in leadership and team building activities, as well as wall climbing, horseback riding, archery, nature hikes, campfires, service projects and more!

March 5, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area resident to attend a two-session retirement preparation workshop on Thursday, May 3 and May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Rock Rapids. This “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” workshop is ideal for those looking to retire within the next 10 years. It is designed to provide those approaching retirement with the information they need to be prepared to write their own paycheck. 

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
November 8, 2016

Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with a parent for a child to really open up to them. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) established in 2001 for pre-teens and their parents is desined to do just that. Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, seven week program beginning March 1. 

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • 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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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