AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week focused on celebrating extension’s presence across the state.
“Our 100 county offices -- Pottawattamie County has two -- enable us to serve as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources,” said ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence.
“This statewide celebration is one way we say ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support ISU Extension and Outreach work in Iowa,” Lawrence said.
ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow.
“Our researchers look over the horizon, to find innovations and identify emerging issues, so we can help Iowans prepare for the future. We learn about the challenges Iowans are facing, and then we partner with them to address the challenges,” Lawrence said.
Also, Forever True
This year ISU Extension and Outreach Week coincides with Iowa State’s Forever True Week, April 8-12, which celebrates the impact the university’s generous alumni and friends have made on campus. The purpose of the week is to continue to raise awareness among students, faculty and staff about the historic Forever True, For Iowa State campaign’s goal to raise $1.5 billion for the university by June 30, 2021, and all the ways donor support makes a difference to the Iowa State experience.
More than 1 million benefit
ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. Each year more than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs for economic growth, healthy families, thriving communities, and sustainable environments. ISU Extension and Outreach connects with millions more online.
“We connect Iowans with university research and resources, creating more than $897 million of economic impact. We are committed to the land-grant mission of accessibility and research-based education and information. We are listening, learning, and working together with the people of our state to build a strong Iowa,” Lawrence said.
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.