Extension Office

Extension workers left to right: Jane Hayes, Shelby Van Horn, Ashley Freund, Morgan Barkley, Kate Olson, Lori Anderson

The Cass County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides educational resources and programming to Cass County residents. They use research-based information to help residents with questions about their family, home, business, community or farm.

The first Iowa State Extension Office opened in 1903, but the Cass County extension office just celebrated their Centennial in 2018.

“They wanted to put an extension in every county and placed them in the county seat,” said program coordinator Kate Olson. “We opened in 1918 in a response to the war to provide services to farmers and homemakers.”

Their goal is to be a public service agency which provides services and information to make the best decisions for the consumer. They provide programs such as 4-H and Summer Day Camps to enrich the lives of the youth in our community.

“We set people up for success,” Olson said. “People are always surprised about all the programs and services we offer.”

Olson loves the extension because every day is different, she said. People have different needs and some of those depend on the weather, season or trends. She enjoys that she is able to help them find what they’re looking for.

“The best thing is the sense of community,” Olson said. “We have partners for multiple generations and create lasting relationships with them.”