Our Story: 4-H Youth Apply Animal Science

The next generation of animal scientists – and technicians, engineers and mathematicians – are examining their interests and testing future careers, thanks to Iowa 4-H. Youth learn and apply animal science through 4-H projects and activities such as Animal Science Round-Up.

Rising Star Interns Share Their Stories

Fifteen Iowa State University students served as Rising Star Interns during summer 2017. In this video a few of them talk about what they learned as they lived and worked in Iowa communities.

Expanding Grape and Hop Production in Iowa

Grape and hops production represents two growing specialty crop industries in Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is working with growers to help take advantage of these reemerging industries.

4-H Youth View the Solar Eclipse

Wearing special glasses or using hand-made, cereal-box viewers, nearly 2,000 young Iowans participated in 4-H solar eclipse day camps across Iowa, including Boone, where ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development teamed up with Sacred Heart School.

Faces of Iowa State

Faces of Iowa State is a series of portraits by Rose Frantzen featuring faculty, alumni and others with close ties to the university. This video highlights Frantzen painting JaneAnn Stout, retired director of ISU Extension to Families.

Farm Businesses Benefit from Ag Decision Maker

Helping farmers make on-farm decisions has been the focus of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Ag Decision Maker for nearly 40 years. It continues to help farmers understand all the business aspects of their operation.

Managing Weeds, Insects and Diseases

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping Iowa farmers manage weeds, insects and diseases in their fields. Pest management is key to high yields and quality grain.



Our Story: Latinos Living Well

A little exercise, a little cooking, some education about diabetes and a lot of fun: That’s the recipe for “Latinos Living Well,” a research and community based program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that leads to behavior change.

Mobile Museum Takes Iowa History on Tour

The State Historical Society of Iowa is partnering with ISU Extension and Outreach and local organizations as the Iowa History 101 mobile museum begins its 99 county tour over the next three years.


2017 ISU Day at the Iowa Capitol

ISU Extension and Outreach shared the Land Grant Legacy at Iowa State University Day at the Capitol and reminded legislators that their elected positions give them a connection to Iowa State’s legacy.

Our Story: Small Talk for Early Literacy

Yes, you can read to babies. Through “Small Talk,” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Ames Public Library and Raising Readers in Story County are helping parents build literacy skills in very young children.

Mackenzie and Joel DeJong, and Joel's grandchildren

Extension Is Family for DeJongs

Mackenzie DeJong followed her father, Joel, into the "family business" -- ISU Extension and Outreach. She's a human sciences program coordinator based in O’Brien County. They reflect on how extension work became part of their life.


Legacy: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach celebrates its legacy, connecting our past to our present, and continues to look forward.

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

Discover Garden at Iowa State Fair after renovations

See Urban Conservation, Beautification at Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden

Visitors will enjoy $70,000 of improvements to the Discovery Garden during the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21. It’s a prime example of how the Polk County Master Gardeners – and ISU Extension and Outreach – serve and give back to Iowans through education and engagement.

Our Story: Hands on Hyperstream Tech Clubs

4-H youth are trying robotics, game design and multimedia in Hyperstream, a STEM Scale-Up program. ISU Extension and Outreach offers Hyperstream tech clubs to engage young people and excite them about careers in STEM.

Fans Win with #ISU99 Scavenger Hunt

Follow #ISU99 on social media and join a scavenger hunt for a box of Iowa State Cyclone items. Watch for clues every day until Cyclone football season begins in September: 99 prize packages in 99 counties in 99 days!

Our Story: Women Managing Cattle

Women Managing Cattle is a program for farm women to meet, share their experiences in the cattle industry, and learn from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. Women are important in agriculture, and the cattle business is no different. The Women Managing Cattle program hopes to build relationships and educate women in the cattle business by focusing on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems. 

Our Story: Intertwine - Yarn Bomb a Building, Engage a Community

People from 14 states contributed handmade squares to “yarn bomb” an Ames building. ISU Extension and Outreach specialist Jennifer Drinkwater explains the result: Intertwine, public art that engages Iowans.

‎#STRONGIOWA: Himar Hernandez’ Story

Himar Hernandez, community and economic development assistant director, talks about helping a Latino couple start two new businesses and improve their family’s financial security. His story shows one way ISU Extension and Outreach is building a strong Iowa.