Tuesday Update: County stakeholder reports

January 17, 2023

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2022 county stakeholder reports. Sharing our extension stories helps people know how we are working in each county and throughout the state. Whether you read a few or read them all, you will learn a lot about the good work our extension colleagues are doing. For example, did you know?

  • Last year Black Hawk County welcomed 45 new volunteers. They joined more than 250 approved volunteers who helped extend programming through nearly 6,000 hours of education and service. This contribution of time, expertise, and talent is valued at over $155,000 in the state.
  • Since October 2021, Cass County has partnered with local businesses and coalitions to host five county-wide mental health trainings. Cass County also has been part of a statewide grant to connect and provide mental health resources to area farmers and agribusiness professionals.
  • In Louisa County, Columbus Junction and Wapello have been working with our Community and Economic Development staff and using the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment program. They’ve surveyed residents, analyzed local housing data, and created an action plan. Now they’re equipped with information and resources to make data-driven decisions about housing.
  • Extension staff organized a Master Gardener tour that involved Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Sac, and Calhoun counties. All counties participated in organizing, recruiting, providing materials, and coordinating transportation for the tours. Thirty-two Master Gardeners and garden enthusiasts, along with four staff, participated in the tour of garden locations in central Iowa.

A stakeholder report is not an end product; it's the beginning of the extension stories we can share. We share our stories with stakeholders because they have a stake in our impact and outcomes. We share our stories with the public to build their awareness of the education and information we can provide. We share our stories with taxpayers and the elected officials who allocate precious public resources so they understand their return on investment in ISU Extension and Outreach. A key to our success is making sure people know how we are working to build a strong Iowa.

Register for the Extension Council Conference

Registration is now open for the virtual 2023 Iowa Extension Council Conference. The conference will be held on two evenings: February 2, 7:00-9:30 p.m., and February 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Council members and extension professionals are encouraged to attend. The conference is a great way to learn about the role of extension council members and get to know the people and policies of ISU Extension and Outreach.

Policies regarding personal political advocacy

Please read Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert's January 11 message about Iowa State’s policies regarding political advocacy and prohibition of using university resources for political purposes. He points out that employees should not imply that our personal views represent those of the university. It’s a good reminder for all of us to separate our personal views and opinion from those of Iowa State in our work, as well as while we are using an ISU computer, phone, or social media account.

More notes

  • Goodbye … and welcome, December 2022: Please review this list of individuals who left ISU Extension and Outreach in the past month, as well as those who have joined our organization.
  • Please review the January program update for current examples of what is happening across our programs. Topics include CropsTV, Township Trustee training, ACT Raising Safe Kids, States’ 4-H Exchange, and more.
  • The video recording of the MOU Town Hall is now available. Copies of the draft 2023-2026 MOU and Addendums that we discussed during the town hall may be downloaded from the Memorandum of Understanding webpage. The revisions in the MOU and Addendums are shown in red. Please contact me, Andrea Nelson, or Jennifer Vit if you have any questions. Thank you!

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach