Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides research-based education and engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and preparing for a thriving future. We are working for a #STRONGIOWA. Iowa State is a land-grant university, with a three-part mission: teaching, research, and extension and outreach. About 1,200 extension staff and faculty put the university’s research to work throughout the state.
Our 100 county extension districts serve Iowa and each district has a nine-member elected council that enters into a partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with ISU Extension and Outreach to carry out extension work. The core purpose of this relationship is to provide research-based educational programs of the highest quality.
ISU Extension and Outreach is a federal, state, and county partnership. These partners – along with grants, user fees, the ISU Foundation, and other sources – fund our educational programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Sciences, Community and Economic Development, and 4-H Youth Development.
ISU Extension and Outreach is guided by our strategic plan, which outlines our goals and strategies for engaging all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address current and emerging real-life challenges. Our educational programs focus on four broad, signature issues: economic development, food and the environment, health and well-being, and K-12 youth outreach.
In an effort to help you better understand ISU Extension and Outreach and all we do, please review the 8 Things You Need To Know On Day 1 document.