This year Washington County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research, said Nancy Adrian, Washington County Extension director.
“ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Washington County,” Adrian said.
The celebration will be held in conjunction with the Thursday Farmer’s Market in Washington and a Washington Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five on October 11. Activities kick off at 5:00 with the opening of the market and the official ribbon cutting celebrating the 100th Anniversary.
There will be hands on activities reflecting some of the educational programs available through Women in Ag, Soil Testing, Master Gardeners, and 4-H. Cy will be here from Iowa State to sing Happy Birthday and celebrate!
“A hundred years ago the people of Washington County joined the extension movement and hired their first local extension agent. Today ISU Extension and Outreach serves as a 99 county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources,” Adrian said.
The Washington County Extension Council represents county residents and acts on behalf of ISU Extension and Outreach locally. The Washington County Extension Council includes Dennis Lampe, Riverside; Margaret Brinning, Keota; Donna Palmer, Wellman; Sue Janecek, Duane Hammen and Kathy Ebert, Washington; Ann Williams, Wayland; David Erwin, Crawfordsville and Cathy Rich, Brighton.
“With their understanding of local issues, these elected officials make sure that significant educational programs are available in Washington County that help people solve critical issues affecting their lives,” Adrian said.
“Education and partnerships are how we solve problems and prepare for the future. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach looks forward to being part of the ongoing life of Washington County for years to come,” Kathy Ebert Washington County Extension Council Chair said.
More than 1 million benefit
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year. Extension education online reaches more than 4 million.
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 contact the WashingtonCounty office at 319-653-4811, or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/washington.