Monday Update: Area-wide meetings, Open for Iowa

September 14, 2020

A year ago, we held our first area-wide meetings. Our next round begins tomorrow. This time the meetings are virtual, rather than in person, but the goals are the same: to improve internal communication, enhance interdisciplinary and multi-county programming, strengthen relationships with colleagues, and more closely align vision and mission throughout our organization.

We all need to work together to determine our organization’s collective response to the challenges currently facing our state. During the area-wide meetings we’re going to learn by doing. We’ll work through a planning process that you can use in your county or region to develop a recovery action plan that addresses local needs. To prepare for your area-wide meeting, please review the agenda and other materials. If you have any technical difficulties during your meeting, please call our Zoom meeting host Brenda Schmitt, 641-512-0650.

Iowa faces considerable barriers from the pandemic, recession, drought, and derecho. However, I’m confident that we will step up to meet the challenges and do our part to help Iowans recover.

Open for Iowa: Programming food restrictions lifted

County Services has been notified that educational food demonstrations and nutrition programs led by extension specialists or trained extension educators are no longer under the communicable disease restrictions. All other food restrictions are still in effect. See County Services Insurance Update #6 on the Open for Iowa website.

Food demonstrations led by a qualified extension specialist or trained extension educator are allowed and must follow food safety protocols provided by ISU Extension and Outreach Food Safety. Collaborate with your nutrition and wellness specialist for best practices.

More notes

  • Please review the September program update from the leadership team for current examples of what is happening across our programs.
  • For everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, the Office Professionals Conference will be virtual. Registration is open for the conference, set for October 20.
  • I often say that in ISU Extension and Outreach we are family, and that is why I am sharing the following information. Many of you know Chuck Morris, former 4-H state leader. His son, JC, passed away September 6. JC’s obituary is available online and you can send condolences to the family via the website.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach