Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will celebrate Extension and Outreach Week throughout the state March 24-30.
“It’s one way we can say 'thank you' to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support ISU Extension and Outreach work in Iowa," said Cathann Kress, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach.
County extension offices will be holding open houses and other activities throughout the week. Iowans may contact their ISU Extension and Outreach county office for details about local events.
"Abraham Lincoln signed the law that gave birth to the land-grant universities. Iowa State was one of the first of these special colleges founded on three big ideas: to open higher education to all, to teach practical classes and to share knowledge far beyond the campus borders," Kress said. "Our educational programs harness Iowa State University resources to meet the needs of Iowans."
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of an educational network supported by the university, local county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how local tax dollars are spent to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.
"County extension council members help keep ISU Extension and Outreach relevant and engaged with Iowans," said Terry Maloy, executive director of the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils. "We assess the needs of counties and share them with ISU Extension and Outreach to address with research-based information and education to help people make better decisions in their personal, community and professional lives."