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Iowa 4-H Offers Mindfulness and Mental Well-being Support to Youth and Families

May 10, 2021, 1:42 pm | Tiffany Berkenes, Valyn Bodensteiner

The pandemic, natural disasters, social injustices, and personal lifestyle changes and losses have intensified the need for more awareness, skills and resources to support mental health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development has responded with new, innovative programs in mindfulness for youth and families.

Midwestern Farmers, Ranchers Can Find Tools to Thrive with New Resource Center

May 10, 2021, 9:55 am | David Brown

Midwestern farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers have direct access to a new tool to help manage stress, anxiety, depression or substance use issues. The newly launched website,, is aimed at providing the agricultural community with resources and support through the North Central Farm and Ranch Assistance Center.

Help a Friend or Yourself through a Mental Health Challenge

May 5, 2021, 9:48 am | Demi Johnson, Donna Mills

If a friend, neighbor or community member were experiencing mental health issues, would you be able to intervene so they could get help? If you needed help, would you know where to turn? ISU Extension and Outreach is offering statewide programs to help individuals practice noticing and helping during a mental health challenge.


Let Children Play in the Mud for Fun and Learning

May 4, 2021, 9:30 am | Cindy Thompson

A little dirt and water can create mud, as well as limitless opportunities for children to play and learn, according to Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Virtual Forage Field Day to Feature Annuals

April 28, 2021, 2:03 pm | Erika Lundy, Rebecca Vittetoe

Learn about research pertaining to cool and warm season annual forages during a virtual field day June 3 with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Schools Invited to Participate in SWITCH for the 2021-2022 School Year

April 27, 2021, 9:20 am | Rachel Sweeney, Laura Liechty

Registration is now open for SWITCH, School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health. The innovative school wellness initiative supports and enhances school wellness programming for fourth through eighth-grade students. Through SWITCH, schools can help students to "Switch what they Do, View and Chew."

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

April 26, 2021, 8:34 am | David Brown

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is a good reminder that Iowans still need to stay focused on mental health and resilience as the pandemic continues, says David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Virtual Crop Scouting School Now Available

April 21, 2021, 11:30 am | Daren Mueller, Warren Pierson

Crop producers can learn from specialists across the Midwest during the Virtual Crop Scout School, offered in part by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.



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