ISU Extension and Outreach Events

Date: 1/21/2021 - 04/22/2021

Calendar of Events – Crawford County ISU Extension and Outreach


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January 26 (Tues)  Leap Into Literacy - The sessions in English will be held on Tuesdays Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, and 16, 2021, at either 10-10:30 AM or 8-8:30 PM. The Spanish sessions will be held on Tuesdays Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, and 16, 2021, at 6:30-7 PM. The course is offered free and is sponsored by the Crawford County Extension Service and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. To register:

contact Kathy Thul at the Crawford County Extension at 712-263-4697 or email at before January 20, 2021.







Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.



Private Pesticide Applicator Course Offered Virtually


Private pesticide applicators can complete remote recertification


AMES, Iowa – The Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a statewide online 2020-2021 Private pesticide applicator Continuing Instruction Course on Jan. 20 from 9-11:30 a.m.

Private pesticide applicators needing to attend a 2020-2021 P-CIC program should contact their county extension office to preregister. The cost of the program is $20.00.

“Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 positive cases, we have added an option for private applicators to view the P-CIC program from their home,” said Kristine Schaefer, manager for pesticide safety education with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Some county extension offices will still offer the opportunity to view the P-CIC DVD program in their office, or they may host a P-CIC live or virtual program with their field agronomist at different dates and times. Applicators have until April 15 to attend the P- CIC program to maintain their recertification by CIC.

Attendees will need to preregister with a county extension office and have a computer and a good internet connection to participate in virtual programs.

The PSEP will offer additional virtual P-CIC programs in February, March and April. For more information, contact a participating county extension office or Kristine Schaefer, at 515-294-4286 or


Powerful Tools for Caregivers Online Series Begins Soon


January 7, 2021, 10:54 am | Malisa Rader

Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver.

“When you are taking care of an adult with chronic health conditions, it can be challenging to find the support that you need,” says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

From late January through early March, ISU Extension and Outreach is offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program for family caregivers.

“This series of online workshops is designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of the person in your care,” said Rader, who specializes in family life issues.

Participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their life, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

A Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Mondays, starting Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A second series is scheduled for six Tuesdays, starting Feb. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple, and registration can be found online at

“The course will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself,” Rader said. “Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by taking care of themselves they are better able to provide meaningful care for others.”

To learn more, visit


More Online Workshops for Iowans Who Are Rethinking Retirement

With the continuing pandemic, many Iowans are rethinking when they will retire, whether sooner or later than they originally had planned. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is delivering educational online workshops beginning in January that address both scenarios.

Rethinking Your Retirement during COVID-19

“Your thoughts on retirement may have shifted due to COVID-19,” said Kalyn Cody, a family finance specialist. “Many Iowans are considering early retirement due to job challenges, health concerns or other reasons. Some employers are offering early retirement incentives. You may have questions as you sort through your options.”

The new 40-minute, online workshop “Rethinking Your Retirement during COVID-19” is designed to equip you to make informed retirement decisions during this turbulent time. Four January options are available: Thursday, Jan. 14 at noon or 5 p.m., or Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon or 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Go to to find the registration link for the workshop you’d like to attend.

Writing Your Retirement Paycheck

Iowans who anticipate retirement within the next 10 years should consider “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck.” This two-part, online workshop outlines key factors to consider prior to retirement and describes strategies for planning your retirement income.

“Our workshop offers practical, research-based and non-commercial information to help you make the most of your money in retirement and be financially secure,” said family finance specialist Barb Wollan.

Pre-registration is required. Go to to find the registration link for the two-part workshop you’d like to attend.

  • Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Feb. 9 and 16, 12-2 p.m.
  • Mondays, March 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, April 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information about these workshops, contact Kalyn Cody ( or Barb Wollan (, go to or visit your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.


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