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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Webster County

This web-site is designed to help you make informative decisions that affect your family, home, community, business, or farm.  You  can rely on ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information an education to help you make better decisions today and tomorrow.





Office Hours:   Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

During the winter season, please listen to local Fort Dodge radio stations or visit our Facebook page for closures or postponements.



Finding Answers Now: 

Unexpected events, such as natural disasters or economic downturns impact margins, but also have an impact far beyond the farm. There is a human side to the economic stress. As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.



ISU Hotline Numbers-

AnswerLine                                       1-800-262-3804

Iowa Concern                                    1-800-447-1985

Teen Line                                           1-800-443-8336

Healthy Families                               1-800-369-2229

Beginning Farmer Center               1-877-232-1999

Ask an Expert- click here

We need a great new person to join the teamWebster County Extension & Outreach is taking applications for the 2018 Summer Aide position.
Job Description   
Job Application
Any questions, please contact Lindsay Kavanaugh at 515.576.2119 or by e-mail.  Applications are due by February 19, 2018.

County News

child thinking
February 18, 2018

It might be easy to assume that young ones are not impacted by tragic events in other parts of the country, but children have a keen sense of radar and pick up on our body language, adult conversations, and news media stories.Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist in the area of family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their child.

Tractor with participants on hayrack listening to speaker
February 13, 2018

Soybean row spacing, soybean cyst nematode and a growing season outlook will highlight the annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association.  The annual meeting will also feature an update of research at the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm at Kanawha.

January 24, 2018

It's time to start thinking about filing tax returns.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has compiled a list of local free volunteer tax preparation sites.  However, since farmer's tax returns are so complex, volunteers are not allowed to do them, but those who have employees may wish to share this information.                     

January 24, 2018

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on Tuesdays, February 13 & 20, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.

November 20, 2017

You and your parents are invited to attend the Strengthening Families Program.  It's fun & free!  Evening meals are provided and free child care is provided for younger siblings.  Students receive $3 each week they attend.  This program has been successful over the past 15 years with more than 1000 families participating from the Fort Dodge area.  

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Summit: Youth Share Stories for Social Justice

Iowa youth shared their stories about social justice during a youth summit focused on service and honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Difficult conversations led to friendship and determination to work together for a better future and a better Iowa. ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H program was a sponsor of the event.  

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