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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13


April 11, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 8-13. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week focused on celebrating extension’s presence across the state.

“Our 100 county offices -- Pottawattamie County has two -- enable us to serve as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources,” said ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence.

Local ISU Extension and Outreach professionals in Northwest Iowa use this week to promote ISU Extension and Outreach’s mission to provide education and partnerships that are designed to solve today’s problems and prepare for the future. County offices also take advantage of the opportunity to thank the many supporters and volunteers who help make extension programs available and successful.

“This weeklong celebration is one way we say, ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support the ISU Extension and Outreach mission and our work,” said Kiley Biedenfeld, ISU Extension and Outreach Marketing Coordinator for Local Northwest Iowa Counties.

ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow.

“Our researchers look over the horizon, to find innovations and identify emerging issues, so we can help Iowans prepare for the future,” Lawrence said. “We learn about the challenges Iowans are facing, and then we partner with them to address the challenges.”

More than 1 million benefit

ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. Each year more than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs for economic growth, healthy families, thriving communities, and sustainable environments. ISU Extension and Outreach connects with millions more online.

“We connect Iowans with university research and resources, creating more than $897 million of economic impact,” Lawrence said. “We are committed to the land-grant mission of accessibility and research-based education and information. We are listening, learning, and working together with the people of our state to build a strong Iowa.”

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 http://www.extension.iastate.edu or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in your county.


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