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June 14, 2018

Suicide Awareness Ribbon

Suicide has been prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. The effects of suicide are often felt beyond the person who acted to take his or her life.  It can have a lasting impact on family, friends, schools, churches, work sites, and communities, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 22, 2018


A sure sign of spring is the emergence of the asparagus spears in the home garden or at the grocery store.  Asparagus is a perennial favorite when it comes to spring vegetables.  With its dark green color, asparagus is rich in vitamins A & B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Since it is 93% water, asparagus is low in calories, providing about 30 calories per cup.  Asparagus is very low in sodium and is a very good source of dietary fiber.

May 18, 2018

Rows of corn, farm house and outbuildingsWho will succeed you in your business?  Many families struggle with making succession plans.  Workshops will be held Thursday, June 7th and Thursday, June 21st at the Webster County Extension & Outreach office.  The workshops are planned as a multi-generational event for existing owners and spouses and succeeding owners and spouses.

May 16, 2018

Summer FunNew this year - 5 different 4-H Summer Day Camps! 

May 16, 2018

Day CampThis camp will provide the opportunity for youth who have completed 5th - 7th grade, to explore their creativity.  Particpants will model clay, paint, and much more!  This day camp will be held August 7th - 9th, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., at the Blanden Art Museum (920 - 3rd Ave. South, Fort Dodge)

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Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • 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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