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A Summer in Extension

September 11, 2017

My name is Shana Hilgerson. This past summer I had the opportunity to work with ISU Extension and Outreach in north central Iowa, visited producers, farmer's markets, and held children's programs. I also got to travel the state as the Alternate Iowa State Dairy Princess, which was an awesome way to meet other inspiring young women advocating for their industry. 


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carries Iowa State’s land-grant mission throughout the state -- everywhere for all Iowans.
 We serve as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.
 We provide education and partnerships designed to solve today’s problems and prepare for the future.

Small Farm Sustainability | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program in Small Farm Sustainability exists to open the door to relationships and resources relevant to the pursuit of sustainability for Iowa’s smaller-scale, entrepreneurial farm enterprises. By sharing science-based information, providing program leadership, and facilitating collaboration, we will promote planning and profit potential in specialty ag ventures that tend to increase stewardship, diversity, and resilience on the Iowa farmscape.

Beginning Farmer Center | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Objectives of Beginning Farmer Center: • Coordinate education programs and services for beginning farmer efforts statewide • Assess needs of beginning farmers and retiring farmers • Develop, coordinate, and deliver targeted education to beginning and retiring farm families • Provide programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health and the environment

Women in Agriculture - eXtension

The mission of the Women in Agriculture National Learning Network (WIA LN) is to help women in agriculture improve their quality of life by providing them with resources to make better business decisions while maintaining a balance with family and personal obligations. This national initiative is developing a new portal for education, technical assistance and support of women farmers, ranchers and producers.