ISU Extension and Outreach celebrates 100 Years in Lyon County

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – This year, Lyon County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.

ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lyon County.

“We will be hosting a 100 Year Celebration for the public in July, but will also be celebrating at different events throughout the year,” said Loralye Wibben, Office Assistant with ISU Extension and Outreach in Lyon County.

One hundred years ago, the people of Lyon County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today, ISU Extension and Outreach serves a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.

“We look forward to celebrating with the great people and great communities we have in our county,” said Jill Postma, Lyon County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. We also wish to remember and honor the Extension alumni and all the people who had a part in bringing the Extension arm of Iowa State University to Lyon County.”

Lyon County staff includes Wibben, Postma and Laura Beyenhof who serves as the Lyon County K-12 Program Assistant. Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator and Regional Food Coordinator for Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O’Brien County, is also housed in the Rock Rapids office.

In addition to staff, 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 Lyon County Extension Council represents county residents and acts on behalf of ISU Extension and Outreach locally. The Lyon County Extension Council includes: Dennis Winkowitsch of George; Jim Jensen of Larchwood; Susan Wiertzema of Little Rock; Derek Knobloch of Alvord; Ashley Boom of Larchwood; Jo DeJong of Little Rock; Jerry Haack of Inwood; Diane Peters of Little Rock; and Chuck Van Roekel of Alvord.

With their understanding of local issues, these elected officials make sure that significant educational programs are available in Lyon County. These programs help residents face critical issues and solve problems affecting their lives.

Through education and partnerships, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps to solve problems and prepare for the future. ISU Extension and Outreach looks forward to being part of the ongoing life of Lyon County for years to come.

More than 1 million benefit

ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year, and extension education online reaches more than 4 million.

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 United States Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States.

For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, stop into the Lyon County office located at 710 North 2nd Avenue East in Rock Rapids, call 712-472-2576, visit, and/or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @ISUExtLyon and @lyon4h. 

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