County News

March 4, 2021

A total of 17 educational modules will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on topics that include houseplants, pollinators, vegetables, and perennial flowers. Each course module includes a book chapter, lecture video, online discussion board, and a quiz. 

March 4, 2021

More Americans are seeking advice on nutrition and wellness as they desire to improve their health.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans updates will be a guide to making smart changes in their diet.   

March 3, 2021

To explore the educational fundamentals of angel investing, alternative credit, and enterprise development for agriculture, agri-food technology innovations, and strategic rural ventures during the post-COVID economic recovery and to create awareness of the networking opportunities available in Iowa

February 22, 2021

Grain Marketing Meetings in Central Iowa March 8th, 9th, 11th

ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist
Patrick Hatting
Polk County Extension
1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Phone: 515-957-5790
Fax: 515-967-6164
February 19, 2021

A special weekend event is planned to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and small towns.The public is invited to participate in The Great Iowa Road Trip, which will be held April 30 and May 1. The event will be a coordinated mapped route of open doors at businesses and attractions in Marion, Mahaska, and Jasper counties

January 15, 2021
Many everyday activities and demands can trigger automatic stress responses. Some are resolved quickly, some are not. There are steps we can take to maintain our health with ongoing stress.
December 11, 2020

We are hosting a ServSafe Food Safety Training on Tuesday, Febuary 9th, 2021. To register go to

December 7, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program for caregivers who provide care for a spouse, parent or friend with a chronic condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program provides information, support strategies, communication techniques, stress reduction ideas and resources to assist family caregivers with their concerns related to caregiving

December 4, 2020

2020 Marion County Extension Council

December 4, 2020

Selecting appropriate toys for children may require some additional time as many of us shop online. There are some things to consider when finding the right toy for the children you have on your gift list.

October 5, 2020

Results for the 2020 Marion County Photo Contest

August 26, 2020

Each year, one in 5 Americans is affected by a mental health condition. The stigma against mental illness prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. 

August 26, 2020

Information about online course that teaches particpants safe ways to preserve their fresh garden produce. 

August 12, 2019

The scores are in and the winners are announced for the 2019 Marion County Photo Contest

August 7, 2019

In this age of technology, we are constantly bombarded with information and videos of the recent mass shootings.  We each have our own way of responding to these traumatic situations.  You may be looking for ways to manage the stress to better care for self, your family and your community. 

August 5, 2019

The first day of school is fast approaching and many families may be facing a transition to a new school. ISU Extension and Outreach has some fabulous tips on how to handle this transition.

May 17, 2019

2020 Fairbook and Paperwork

May 2, 2019

Now is the perfect time to prepare for canning season. 

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