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ISU Extension & Outreach Delaware County Weekly Newsletter

August 20, 2020


  • Stress Management Program Available Virtually to Ag Community


August 29: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Clover Kids Fair Activities! Tirrill Park, Manchester

September 3: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Extension Council Meeting, Delaware County Extension Office, Manchester

September 7: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Labor Day – Office Closed, Delaware County Extension Office, Manchester

September 15: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  ServSafe® Certified Food Protection Manager, Delaware County Extension Office, Manchester


Stress Management Program Available Virtually to Ag Community

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

In response to this additional stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with COVID Recovery Iowa, will offer 10 online “Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help” programs beginning Friday, Aug. 28, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“While our agricultural community has been impacted by COVID-19, many have now experienced extreme losses of their crops, buildings, storage and other hardships that came with the storm. This is all additional stress that is impacting our agricultural community and it’s important we’re all aware of the signs of stress for ourselves and so that we can be of help to our neighbors,” Brown said.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Stress on the Farm: Strategies That Help at various dates and times to meet the busy schedules of those in the agricultural community. Each program will last for one-half hour on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Agribusiness professionals, agriculture lenders and bankers, veterinarians, vet techs, commodity group members, producers and other concerned individuals can register at no cost for any of these programs. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/stress-farm. Participants will receive a unique URL prior to the program to access the Zoom hosted program.

For more information, contact David Brown at dnbrown@iastate.edu.

Other resources

Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics. With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or, email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.

COVID Recovery Iowa offers a variety of services to anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual counselors provide counseling, activities, referral information and help finding resources for any Iowan seeking personal support. Iowans of all ages may join groups online for activities and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce upcoming programs on the website and via all social media to help Iowans build coping skills, resilience and emotional support. To request support, go to https://www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org.


8/19/2020 Extension and Outreach Offers Timely Resources Following Wind Storm(https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/node/2566/)

The crops team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering timely updates on storm damage and cleanup.


8/19/2020 Publications Help Families Make Child Care Decisions during COVID-19


Families are understandably feeling overwhelmed with child care decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU Extension and Outreach has developed the COVID-19 Child Care Considerations publication series to help families sort through decisions during these trying times.


8/19/2020 Palo Alto County Successfully Completes Virtual Goal Setting


Community members in Palo Alto County met up recently for a Virtual Goal Workshop, facilitated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development, to focus on local economic development and COVID-19 transition and recovery.


8/19/2020 Fall Gardening Offers Opportunities for Late-Season Vegetables


The final quickinar gardening video from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach features fall gardening.


8/19/2020 Farmland Owners and Tenants to Get Important Updates


Iowans who own or rent farmland can get timely updates from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach during an Aug. 25 webinar.


8/18/2020 Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Award Winners Announced


One hundred youth from 56 counties participated in the 2020 Awardrobe Clothing Event as a part of this year’s special Show Iowa 4-H Virtual Showcase. The event provided 4-H members in grades 9-12 the opportunity to showcase their apparel design and production knowledge and creativity skills.

8/18/2020 After the Storm: Read for Resilience


It is natural for children to feel anxiety after a natural disaster or major storm event, like the mid-August derecho that cut through Iowa. One way to reassure children and to build their resilience is to read with them, said Constance Beecher, literacy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

8/17/2020 Water Rocks! Programs to Continue Outdoors This Fall


Outdoor Water Rocks! programming from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news releases are available from our website at

8/14/2020 Dairy Experts to Discuss Market Outlook and Price Volatility


Gain insight into the dairy market and price volatility in Aug. 25 webinar supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


8/14/2020 No-till Cover Crop Benefits to Be Featured During Webinar


Cover crops in a no-till system will be featured in the Aug. 19 webinar from Iowa Learning Farms.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news releases are available from our website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/.

Kathy Boeding, Office Assistant

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Delaware County
1417 North Franklin St. PO Box 336

Manchester, IA 52057




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