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Local Highlights

June 24, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Financial Impairment on the Farm webinar from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on July 30. The webinar is free and open to all those involved in production agriculture, specifically, producers and agri-business personnel. The program will focus on issues producers face during times of financial impairment with emphasis placed on mediation, reorganization options and Chapter 12 Bankruptcy.

June 21, 2019

Our food did not always come from the cultivated crops we now grow. Join us to learn about the possibilities and potential pitfalls of finding your veggies and greens outside of our conventional choices. Some of the flowers and weeds growing in your yard are just as tasty and nutritious as the carrots in your garden!

March 12, 2019
The O'Brien County Fair is July 20-25, 2019! 
Need information on O'Brien County Fair 4-H Events and Registrations?
Visit this page for all things fair!
June 25, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach will host 12 educational Farmland Leasing and Value Meetings for agricultural landowners and tenants throughout Northwest Iowa. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords and are held across the state. Each meeting will cover: farmland ownership and tenure in Iowa; cover crop research and methods to implement in lease agreements; current cash rental rate and land value survey results; methods for determining fair rents for 2020; legal aspects of farmland leases including strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; partition law changes; as well as other ISU Extension and Outreach resources.

February 28, 2019

Registration Now OPEN! The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers. The local training will be hosted Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Aug. 24 through Nov. 2 in Orange City. The Master Gardener program, which is celebrating its 40th year in Iowa, is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required.

NEWSLETTERS: 

Family Ties Newsletter    

    

Websites:

     Me & My Dad

     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, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

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    Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • 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.

  • 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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