Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

March 24, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has waived the deadline for pesticide applicators to meet recertification requirements, following a proclamation by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds March 22.

March 31, 2016

With spring here, it’s time to think about planting peas.

March 15, 2016

Join ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners in growing fresh produce to be donated to food banks

January 11, 2016

Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to hold 31st annual conference

November 18, 2015

Iowa Master Gardeners will receive support to fight against hunger, poor nutrition

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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