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July 16, 2020
The 2020 O'Brien County Fair is July 18-23! 
Need information on O'Brien County Fair 4-H Events and Registrations?
Visit this page for all things fair!
May 6, 2020

In an effort to continue summer camps while also following guidance for social distancing, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth staff in Northwest Iowa have created Clover Crates, take-home camps with optional virtual components, which will replace our in-person camps for Summer 2020.
August 20, 2020

The 2020 PoP Club will be moving virtual through the summer to encourage safe social distancing. The virtual PoP Club members will have access to two videos per month about gardening, nutrition, fun at-home activities and appearances from farmers market vendors from July to October. Members will also receive two booklets by mail with activities geared towards the monthly videos and fun activities to keep them engaged and continuing to try new local fruits and vegetables.

July 1, 2020

Each land leasing and value meeting will focus on current farmland value and lease rate trends, methods for determining fair ag rents for 2021 and farmland lease communication and legalities, including how to write and terminate a lease. Proper social distancing and safety precautions will be taken for each in-person meeting.

May 19, 2020

Storage shelves with canned goods by zigzagmtart/stock.adobe.com.

Spring is finally here and many gardens are being planted. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

NEWSLETTERS: 

Family Ties Newsletter    

    

Websites:

     ISU Extension to Families

     Answerline - (Find answers relating to home and family questions)  or Call 800-262-3804   Hrs M-F 9 am - Noon, 1-4:00 pm 

     Teen Line - Personal and health-related information

     ISU Continuing Education and Communication Services

     Farm On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Bets OFF - website for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     CYFERnet - Children Youth and Families Education and Research Network

     National Network for Child Care

     Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

     Better Kid Care (Penn State) - provides educational materials, learning experiences and programs to child care providers, parents, and employers

     Iowa Homeland Security

    

 

ISU Extension Hotlines:

     Bets OFF - hotline      for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     Teen Line - Personal and Health-related information and referral

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Healthy Families - Prenatal health care questions and information

     Farm-On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     AnswerLine - Questions relating to home and family

O'Brien County Schools:

     H-M-S School District

     South O'Brien School District

     Sheldon Community School

     Sanborn Christian School

     Sheldon Christian School

     St Patricks School - Sheldon

     Zion-St. John Lutheran School

Other schools in NW Iowa

ISU Extension Families Publications Page

ISU Extension Child Development Publications Page

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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    A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • social media icons

    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • child care providers reviewing paperwork

    Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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