Finances

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August 4, 2020

The farming community is use to the stress that comes from the unpredictable and uncontrollable challenges that jeopardize their production and livelihood. Agricultural resilience is about equipping farmers with strategies and information that will enable them to absorb and recover from these stresses. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things do not go as planned.
COVID Recovery Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting COVID AG UPDATES: Focus on Resilience; a 60-minute weekly update with agricultural specialists, to be held Mondays from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. The first 15 – 20 minutes will be informational, with the remaining time spent on answering questions. The updates will begin Monday, August 3 with Dr. Chad Hart, Professor, Iowa State University Department of Economics and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Grain Markets Specialist. To register, go to the upcoming events section at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/farm-ranch-wellbeing. A Zoom program link will be e-mailed to participants prior to the program.

The schedule of speakers includes:
Aug. 3 Dr. Chad Hart, Professor of Economics &Extension Grain Markets Economist
Aug. 10 Pat McGonegle, CEO, Iowa Pork Producers
Aug. 17 Dr. Larry Tranel, ISUEO Extension Dairy Specialist
Aug. 24 Norlan Hinke, ISUEO Farm Finance Specialist
Aug. 31 Kristine Tidgren, ISUEO Center for Ag Law and Taxation
Sept. 7 Melissa O’Rourke, ISUEO Farm Management Specialist
Sept. 14 Steve Johnson, ISUEO Farm Management Specialist
Sept. 21 David Baker, Beginning Farmer Center Director
Sept. 28 Madelyn Schultz, ISUEO Women In Ag Program Manager

Other resources:
COVID Recovery Iowa offers a variety of services to anyone affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Virtual counselors provide counseling, activities, referral information and help find resources to any Iowan seeking personal support. Iowans of all ages may join groups online for activities and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce upcoming programs on the website and via all social media to help Iowans build coping skills, resilience and emotional support. o request support, go to https://www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org or contact the Iowa Concern Hotline at 515-447-1985 or the Iowa Warm Line at 1-855-775-9276.
Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics. With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or, email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.

July 22, 2020

Informational Online Workshops Offered Free to Iowans on August 10 and August 14

July 22, 2020

Feeling stretched caring for an adult with chronic conditions?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide you—the family caregiver—with the skills you need to take care of yourself.

July 1, 2020

Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.  Our office will reopen Monday, July 6th. 


Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

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

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • 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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