Home and Family

Local Highlights

June 1, 2020

Beginning June 1, our office staff will return to working from our county office Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Staff will be working but our doors will be locked. Community members can call (712) 335-3103 to set up a time to enter our office as needed with only one community member being inside at that time. Thank you for your continued help as we work differently to ensure the safety of all Iowans.

July 4, 2020

As gardeners begin to harvest their bounty, they should consider these food safety tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 3, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning Tuesday, July 21. QPR is a suicide prevention program that teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

June 9, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering five additional online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning Tuesday, June 16. Agribusiness professionals, producers, sheriffs, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, veterans and military members can register to participate at no cost.

June 5, 2020

High school students from across the country can learn about animal science topics during virtual lessons by Iowa State University specialists.


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.

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

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    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.

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