ISU Extension and Outreach Blogs

Welcome to the home of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach blogs, where ISU Extension program specialists share their expertise. These blogs are an excellent way for ISU Extension and Outreach faculty and staff to share their thoughts on current topics and for you to engage in conversations with the bloggers and other visitors.

We encourage you to check out the blogs of interest to you, follow along and participate in the conversations:

John LawrenceDid You Know.
Did You Know is a blog maintained by John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach, for extension staff, faculty, and county council members. Posts are intended to spark conversation on our history, programs, and issues affecting the organization.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.Spend Smart. Eat Smart.
The Spend Smart. Eat Smart. blog focuses on sharing ideas, tips, resources and recipes to help you feed your family for less. Blog contributors are Iowa State University Extension staff members trained in food, nutrition, and health.

Families AnswerLine at Iowa State University began in the spring of 1975. Staff provide immediate, unbiased, research-based answers to questions that are related to home economics and family living. Questions can be directed to AnswerLine via phone or email.

Science of ParentingScience of Parenting
The Science of Parenting blog shares and discusses research-based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children. Monthly podcasts focus on a single topic, discussed by ISU and other experts, and regular posts talk about related parenting topics.


Safe FoodSafeFood
The SafeFood© blog is part of Iowa State University’s Food Safety Project. With global sources of ingredients, centralized processing and people eating more food prepared away from home, it is important to pay attention to the food we eat.

Iowa VegetablesIowa Vegetables
In Iowa, there has been growing interest in local food production, especially fruit and vegetables. The blog provides updates on various aspects of vegetable production in Iowa and is intended to serve as a platform for communication between researchers, students, growers, extension staff and folks interested in vegetable production.

Money TipsMoneyTip$
Several financial educators — grounded in the same core of solid financial management research and practice, but each a unique point of view — offer new money tips each week. Saving, getting out of debt, buying wisely, looking to the future — whether you are just starting out, or already well-established, MoneyTip$ will help you make the most of your money.


Iowa GAP CenterIowa GAP Center
Food safety begins on the farm. This blog helps Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers navigate the world of Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs. Read news about the latest events and information related to on-farm food safety from Extension experts.


What’s HappeningLocal Foods Blog
The What’s Happening blog is your source of news about the work of the Local Foods Team.  Stay current on how the team and its partners are supporting local foods-related programming all across the state through research and professional development, as well as the publications and resources we provide for anyone working to develop local food systems in their communities.

WellnessAppleWords on Wellness
The Words on Wellness blog promotes a healthy lifestyle. In each post, you’ll gain reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety, and explore the power of incorporating healthy practices into daily living for you and your family.

IRIlogoIowa Retail Initiative
Iowa Retail Initiative practices will bridge the gaps in current ISU retail programs and projects. IRI will create an ongoing retail program unifying current and future retail outreach assistance into an easy to understand, equitable, and accessible structure. The IRI program provides a vehicle to address both rural business needs and hands-on student learning.

Land Use and ZoningBLUZlogo
This blog is designed to keep readers current on court cases, legislation and other current topics in land use planning and zoning across the Midwest.

 Ag Decision MakerAg Decision Maker
We address questions regarding farm management and new issues in agricultural outlook. Check back often or subscribe for updates

Women with childrenEnvironment Rating Scale

The Environment Rating Scales are nationally recognized tools used to assess and improve the quality of child care programs. Environment Rating Scale workshops offer step-by-step guidance for making helpful changes that can make a real difference in the work you do with young children.

Average Fiscal Capacity of Iowa MapIowa Government Finance Initiative

IGFI conducts and disseminates research through publications and educational workshops on critical topics relating to local government finance and community and economic development.

Cow eating HayNorthwest Iowa Dairy Outlook

I will work closely with dairymen in developing more processing capability and enterprise financing plus dairy youth programing. “Over the years I have specialized in non-traditional programs that met the needs of citizens, from resource management and disaster response to new enterprise development; with every program driven by the needs of producers”.