Our Story: 2013 Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach Annual Report
Each year nearly 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach programs.
- Kids stay after school - and that's a good thing. Kids strengthen skills in STEM, healthy living, citizenship, leadership, communication, and the arts. Our 4-H afterschool programs served 17,000 K-12 youth last year.
- Healthy employees support a healthier bottom line. Our worksite wellness program includes six months of intervention at companies. Studies show for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, employers get a return of up to $6 in increased productivity, as well as reduced absenteeism and turnover.
- Low-income families are adding color to their dinner plates. More than1,800 low-income families learned to eat more fruits and vegetables through our nutrition education. These healthy choices are a top strategy to becoming the healthiest state.
- Farmers and agribusiness professionals depend on our farm management tools. They are making sound decisions on everything from crops and livestock production to farm financial viability and renewable energy using tools and resources available from Ag Decision Maker. This website averages 4,500 visits each day!
- Iowans are taking action. More than 60,000 local leaders, government officials, business owners, entrepreneurs, and volunteers are improving their communities thanks to education and information from our community and economic development specialists.
We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service, and our ability to make a difference for Iowans during ISU Extension and Outreach Week March 23 - 29, 2014.
Did you Know? You can get involved. This year every county extension district in the state (there are 100) are seeking candidates for county extension council. Represent your community by becoming a candidate for this elected office.