Extension and Outreach Week 2024.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 15-20. We are hosting Spy Cy activities and educational events throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of ISU Extension and Outreach throughout the state.

Raised garden beds.

Have no space for a garden at your home? A Community Garden plot may be for you. Garden plots are available now in Harlan.

Canning AnswerLine

Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family. Today’s recipes have been scientifically tested to ensure a safe product. 

Farm Couple

Partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Brings Additional Resources, Mental Health Support to Rural Communities

Ornamental Grass

Answers to questions about ornamental grasses in Iowa


DENISON, Iowa – Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty and stress produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries continue to contribute to farmers’ anxiety.

Cash Rent

Stronger commodity prices and farmland values are leading to higher cash rents across most of the state. The most recent annual survey of cash rental rates for Iowa farmland showed that rates increased an average of 10.3% in 2022, to $256 per acre.

Carpenter Ants

Among the largest ants commonly found in Iowa, the “carpenter ant” is usually considered the most destructive. Varying in lengths of 1/4  inch to 3/4 inch, these pesky insects are best known for what they destroy – not what they build.

Family Caregiver

November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize and honor those who care for a child, teen or adult child with special health or behavioral needs or those who care for an adult with a chronic condition, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Region 13 Team Award

Forty-three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff members were honored in October at the Iowa 4-H YouthFest professional development conference.