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Local Highlights

Stressed Man
February 21, 2018

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.

Money Talk Flyer
May 2, 2017

This five-part series provides a comprehensive overview of key financial issues, including insurance, investing, retirement planning, and legal issues.  Lifelong financial security is particularly challenging for women, due to longer life expectancies and other factors. 

May 1, 2017

Making the decision on when to leave a child home alone can be challenging. Parents should consider their child’s maturity level as well as the neighborhood environment and their own flexibility, says Malisa Rader a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 24, 2017

A Babysitting Basics class for youth completing fifth and sixth grade will be offered by Story County ISU Extension and Outreach on June 16.  The class will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  There will be a $25 program registration fee.

Program Logo
April 24, 2017

Looking for a wellness program for your staff or group? ISU Extension and Outreach has a program available at no cost – “What About Me? My Wellbeing?” Contact Malisa Rader at mrader@iastate.edufor more information.

Communities and Business Links

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • 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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