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No Evidence COVID-19 Is Transmitted through Food and Food Packaging

March 31, 2020, 2:14 pm | Angela Laury Shaw, Shannon M. Coleman, Anirudh Naig

Over the past month, false information about COVID-19 and food and food packaging has been reported. Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach want Iowans to know there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food and food packaging.

Suicide Prevention Program Available Virtually to Agribusiness Community

March 31, 2020, 9:38 am | David Brown

In addition to dealing with the usual stress of farming, Iowa’s farmers, rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering seven online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning April 14. This suicide prevention program teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

Two Counties Receive Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award

March 30, 2020, 8:44 am | Susan DeBlieck

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener programs in Marshall and Linn counties have been recognized for their commitment to food and nutrition for local communities. Both projects worked to educate and empower adults and youth to grow and consume fresh healthy produce in 2019.

Yard and Garden: Planting Bare-root Trees

March 26, 2020, 10:11 am | Richard Jauron

By following proper planting procedures, bare-root trees can be successfully established in the landscape. Iowa State University horticulture specialists offer recommendations for successful planting.

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Iowans Can 'Spend Smart. Eat Smart.' in Challenging Times

March 25, 2020, 8:57 am | Katy Moscoso, Christine Hradek

With rapidly changing conditions across the country due to COVID-19, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach can help Iowans "Spend Smart. Eat Smart."  and stay healthy in these unique circumstances. This website has resources on how to stay physically active, save money while food shopping, decrease food waste and prepare healthy recipes.

Get Your Lawn Ready for the Spring Season

March 24, 2020, 12:18 pm | Adam Thoms, Zach Clemens

With spring already here, now is a good time to make sure you're prepared for those first few lawn cuttings, says Adam Thoms, assistant professor and turfgrass extension specialist at Iowa State University.

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Prepare Your Pantry, but Don't Panic

March 19, 2020, 4:16 pm | Ruth Litchfield, Sarah Francis

The outbreak of Covid 19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, has many Iowans thinking about emergency supplies and kits, if they should need to self-isolate or quarantine. Nutrition and wellness state specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips for stocking the pantry, without panic buying.

Online Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course Begins April 7

March 18, 2020, 3:43 pm | Malisa Rader, Laura Sternweis

This spring Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering an online course to help family caregivers connect and support each other. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools that family caregivers need to take care of themselves.

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