Family & Food

In partnership with Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach engages you through research-based education, empowering you to live your best life. Our education helps you become closer to family, raise healthy children, talk with your teens, improve relationships, enjoy a lifetime full of memories, save more money, live a healthy life, have access to trusted resources, and care for yourself and others. We invite you to join us in person, virtually, or on-line!

Answer Line Answer Line

AnswerLine provides information and resources for Iowa consumers with home and family questions. We've been answering consumer questions for more than 40 years. Professional consumer and family scientists answer questions about: child development, cleaning, consumer management,food preparation, food preservation, food safety, home environment, household equipment, nutrition, textiles, laundry, and more! Questions? Call 1.800.262.3804

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 10:00
Spring: Time for Rhubarb!
A sure sign that spring is arriving is rhubarb starting to grow! Although it is technically a vegetable, it is used as a fruit…

Tue, 04/02/2024 - 10:00
Spouting or Greening Potatoes . . . Keep or Toss?
“Should a potato with sprouts be used or tossed?” There is a great deal of conflicting advice on the question of use or…

Tue, 03/26/2024 - 10:00
Oh no, my freezer is out!
Freezer failure can happen at any time due to mechanical problems, power failures, or human error. Regardless of cause,…

The Science of Parenting Blog The Science of Parenting Blog

Dealing with toddler meltdowns or an angsty teen who doesn’t want to talk? Find real-life solutions based on the latest scientific research.

Fri, 01/05/2024 - 10:04
Help Children Cope with Emotions about the News of School Shooting
People of all ages have been affected by the news and social media information about a recent shooting at an Iowa school…

Thu, 10/05/2023 - 10:00
Season 12 Podcast: Parenting Through Challenges
In the twelfth season of the podcast, our cohosts, Mackenzie Johnson and Courtney Hammond explore research and reality around…

Thu, 09/28/2023 - 10:00
Repairing & Rebuilding Relationships with Children
Even with our best efforts, we will still sometimes do something that was hurtful to our child. In this season’s finale, our…