Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

July 1, 2021

Commercial grape growers and winemakers will receive hands-on education from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach during the 2021 Wine Grape Field Day Aug. 11.

July 2, 2015

Your extension connection to nutrition and fitness. 

May 1, 2015

Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert.

April 7, 2015

Free publication lists suitable varieties for commercial production in Iowa and throughout the Midwest.

March 27, 2015

Coming home with a bounty of fresh greens is a treasure to be savored every spring. 

Canning and Freezing Tomatoes

Canning Fruits

Canning Fruit Spreads

Canning Meat, Poultry and Fish

Canning Pickles

Did you know the Madison County Extension office
will test your canner gauge and check your lid for free?
A service we offer you to ensure you have the best quality and safe consumption for your family.


Statewide Resources

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

  • Answer Line

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

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

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