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Updated: 2017-04-23T00:49:12Z

 



Iowa 4-H Clover Kids Celebrates 20 Years of Educational Programming

2017-04-21T10:20:18Z

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program is celebrating 20 years of providing Clover Kids programs to children and youth statewide. Iowa 4-H Clover Kids reaches more than 9,000 Iowa youth in kindergarten through third grade.

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Story County 4-H FIRST Robotics Team to Compete at World Championships

2017-04-18T15:05:18Z

Story County 4-H Team Neutrino competed at the North Star FIRST Robotics Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 5-8, 2017. After 80 qualification matches, the team was ranked second, and finished in elimination matches as semifinalists, but took an even bigger reward home.

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Youth Applicants Sought for Iowa 4-H Reporters Program

2017-04-18T13:22:45Z

Youth can apply now for a new statewide 4-H opportunity, the Iowa 4-H Reporters program. Up to 16 youth will be selected to serve on one of four teams, each mentored by media and marketing professionals.

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State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa Announces Award, Prize, Scholarship Recipients

2017-04-14T14:33:10Z

More than 200 students competed for prizes, awards and scholarships during the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa for junior and senior high students, March 30-31 at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

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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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Iowa 4-H Serves Changing Needs of Iowa Youth

2017-04-12T15:51:53Z

Iowa 4-H is committed to serving all Iowa youth. That’s a tall claim, but one Iowa 4-H has been fulfilling for nearly 120 years as the youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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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.  [...]



4-H Maize Retreat Strengthens Youth Leadership

2017-03-29T14:00:15Z

Just like corn in Iowa, Latino and Native American youth can grow tall and strong. That’s the message of Maize, a culturally-based youth leadership accelerator from Iowa 4-H Youth Development. The third annual Maize retreat is April 21-23 for youth in grades 9-12.

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Young Scientists to Show Research at State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa

2017-03-28T16:01:55Z

Seven hundred students are expected to exhibit their projects at the State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa, March 30-31 at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

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Five Iowa Youth Head to 2017 National 4-H Conference

2017-03-22T15:19:07Z

Joy Westercamp, Van Buren County; Scott Magnuson, Worth County; Zachary Mass, Mills County; Jessica Bigelow, Polk County; and Landra Reece, Boone County, will represent the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program at National 4-H Conference.AMES, Iowa – Five 4-H youth have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference March 25-30 in Washington, D.C. Joy Westercamp, Van Buren County; Scott Magnuson, Worth County; Zachary Mass, Mills County; Jessica Bigelow, Polk County; and Landra Reece, Boone County, will represent the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program during this national working conference, said Bonnie Dalager, a program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.   Sponsoring the 4-H’ers’ trip to the nation’s capital are David and Valerie Pace, the IBM Corporation and the Iowa Department of Agriculture.   Cherry Sandeen, an ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H youth field specialist, will serve as the youths’ chaperone. ISU Extension and Outreach sends delegates to the National 4-H Conference each year; youth are eligible to attend once. Delegates must submit an application and interview at State 4-H Recognition Day for the opportunity to attend the conference. “The National 4-H Conference is an amazing educational opportunity for Iowa 4-H'ers. Delegates are selected on their experience and skills in leadership, citizenship and communication,” Dalager said.   “Youth delegates engage in supporting and advocating for the 4-H Youth Development program in their communities and while on the trip with representatives and senators on Capitol Hill. At this national event, they will work with teams of youth from around the country to identify and share solutions to current issues affecting young people today,” Dalager said. “Their solutions are presented to groups of government officials, members of national associations and with stakeholders. The long-term goal is that these young people will continue to share the knowledge and skills they’ve gained with their peers and with leaders in their own communities when they return home.” Van Buren County 4-H’er Joy Westercamp, 17, is the daughter of Steven and Christine Westercamp. An eight-year 4-H member, she has participated in beekeeping, rabbit, communications, food and nutrition, and swine projects. She has served as a state 4-H council member, has won state project area awards and local leadership awards, and has served as her club’s treasurer, secretary and president.   Worth County 4-H’er Scott Magnuson, 17, is a nine-year 4-H member. He has participated in communications, visual arts, photography and woodworking projects. He has served as his club’s reporter, secretary, vice president and president. He has also won a state project area award in communications and has served on his county 4-H council.   Mills County 4-H’er Zachary Mass, 18, is the son of Nathan and Sandra Mass. A nine-year 4-H member, he has participated in beef, STEM, food and nutrition, citizenship and leadership projects. He has served as the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and activities director of his 4-H club. He also has won leadership awards, citizenship awards and has served on the state 4-H council.   Polk County 4-H’er Jessica Bigelow, 18, is the daughter of Bill and Jo Ellen Bigelow. A nine-year 4-H member, she has participated in communication, sewing, consumer management and home improvement projects. She has served as president, treasurer, reporter, secretary and community service chairman of her 4-H club. She also has served as a youth trustee on the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board, and has won state project area awards in commun[...]