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Updated: 2017-05-25T19:06:23Z

 



Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

2017-05-19T13:34:28Z

Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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Small Town Quality of Life Driven by More Than Economics

2017-05-18T16:05:47Z

Providing an attractive and appealing place to live is a concern for small towns across Iowa. There are things a town can do to attract new residents that are not related to economic factors.

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Celebrate June Dairy Month in Iowa

2017-05-10T13:18:59Z

Many opportunities are available for families to learn about Iowa's dairy industry during June.

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Celebrate Agritourism During National Travel and Tourism Week

2017-05-08T15:38:13Z

Agritourism is a growing contributor to the travel and tourism sectors of the Iowa economy, with 275 farms reporting more than $4.3 million in total agritourism and recreational services income, according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. May 7 – 13, 2017 is National Travel and Tourism Week and there are a myriad of ways to take part in agribusinesses across the state.

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Many Ways to Take Part in National Arbor Day

2017-04-28T13:15:24Z

A large number of towns across Iowa will be hosting events this weekend in celebration of National Arbor Day. All 81 communities that have TreeCityUSA designations have an activity planned that is open to the public.

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EAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

2017-04-19T09:06:52Z

Iowans who want to protect their ash trees have options for a brief time this spring. However, the options apply only to valuable and healthy ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation of emerald ash borer.

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Andrea Nelson Named ISU Extension and Outreach Region 13 Director

2017-04-14T14:24:21Z

Andrea Nelson has accepted the position of regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 13 serving Dallas, Polk, Madison and Warren counties effective May 1.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Honors Land Grant Legacy April 17-22

2017-04-20T09:07:03Z

Iowans are beginning to discover their connections to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy. They’ll have the opportunity to celebrate and share their stories during Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, April 17-22. Iowa’s 100 county extension and outreach offices will host activities throughout the week sharing the legacy and demonstrating how ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.AMES, Iowa – Iowans are beginning to discover their connections to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy. They’ll have the opportunity to celebrate and share their stories during Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, April 17-22. Iowa’s 100 county extension and outreach offices will host activities throughout the week sharing the legacy and demonstrating how ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa. A legacy from Lincoln Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy began in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act. Iowa was the first state to accept the terms of the act, which provided a grant of federal land to fund a university for the people. In Iowa that land-grant university is Iowa State. “To continue to grow our democracy, our nation needed to provide access to education about agriculture and the mechanical sciences – what we now call engineering – and other practical pursuits,” said John Lawrence, acting vice president for extension and outreach. “People may think the land that the federal government gave to the state of Iowa is the land in Ames that the university is built upon. But it’s not,” Lawrence added. Iowa’s land grant came from the western part of the state, which had not yet been opened for settlement when the Morrill Act was passed. The federal government granted the state of Iowa more than 200,000 acres of land to lease or sell to fund Iowa State University. “About four years ago we started identifying the original parcels and the current landowners. We are the first state to do so,” Lawrence said. ISU Extension and Outreach developed a website, www.landgrant.iastate.edu, describing the Land Grant Legacy project. It includes a map showing the locations of the land grant parcels. Landowners may explore the website and the map to discover their connection to the Land Grant Legacy. Stories of land and people There’s more to Iowa’s Land Grant Legacy than the actual acres that were granted. The legacy also includes the stories of the land and the people. Over the next year, ISU Extension and Outreach will be reaching out to discover more connections to the land grant legacy throughout the university, among state leaders and with Iowans across the state. “We want to share the legacy of the land and the people who helped to build Iowa State University and the state of Iowa,” Lawrence said. More than 1 million benefit ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year. Extension education online reaches more than 4 million. ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level. For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit www.extension.iastate.edu or contact any extension office.  [...]



2017 Friends of Extension and ISU Extension and Outreach Professionals Honored

2017-04-11T08:34:16Z

The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honor society of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recognized four “Friends of Extension” during their 2017 awards ceremony March 26.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Fayette and Madison Counties, Iowa

2017-04-05T09:17:34Z

The emerald ash borer can now be linked to 45 counties in Iowa as Fayette and Madison counties are the most recent to be added to that growing list. EAB is a destructive wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills all ash tree species. This exotic pest was first discovered in Iowa in 2010.

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