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Event Management Training Toolkit
A resource for communities planning and managing rural Iowa fairs, festivals, and events. Toolkit topic areas include:
  • managing crises and controversies,
  • arranging security,
  • developing cross promotions,
  • developing media relations, and
  • awareness of rules and regulations.
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Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Booklet is a resource for communities to learn about Agricultural Urbanism and the tactics used to develop local food systems. It can be used as a full book or portions can be downloaded for specific tactics. In the booklet you will find an overview of Agricultural Urbanism as a design strategy as well as a brief synopsis of the Community Design Lab’s Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit design process and its role in local food system development.

The following pages provide an overview of 19 tactics from small to large scale implementation of local food system opportunities; these include gardening to urban farming to food hubs. Each tactic describes the goal, community benefits, and community outcomes; it reveals best management practices nationally as well as local practices from communities that have partnered in the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit design process.
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Overweight Kids: What Communities Can Do
Here's help for communities to build partnerships among schools, families, community groups, and individuals to promote healthy living.
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Township Trustee and Clerk Reference Manual
Guide of key legal provisions and responsibilities of township trustees and clerks (not all-inclusive). Several forms and models of agreements also included.

For a complete record of laws and policies see the latest Code of Iowa.

This printed manual comes shrink-wrapped and 3 hole punched, ready for your binder.
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Starting a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa? -- Know the laws that apply
If you’ve thought about opening your own bed and breakfast in Iowa, read this publication first. Information on types of B&Bs, food service rules, fire inspections, and hotel taxes.
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen.
Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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Leadership in the Bioeconomy -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Details how the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is involved in the bioeconomy through research, extension, and education.
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Proceedings of the Biofuels and the Rural Economy Roundtable, May 14, 2008, Perry, Iowa
These proceedings document the presentations and discussions of regional economists and agricultural scientists from around the region who gathered in May of 2008 to discuss the nature and magnitude of the bioeconomys impact on rural economies and rural communities, and identified gaps between research and Extension programming.
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Agriculture Offers Economic Opportunities (11 inch x 17 inch poster)
The back side of this poster lists 11 agricultural economic opportunities and 19 ways ISU can help Iowa's economic development..
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2006 Summary Report
Report on Iowa farmers' opinions on energy costs, quality of life, relations with neighbors, environmental quality related to livestock operations, Internet access and use, and more.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Resources -- Reiman Gardens
Resource list for making gardening easier and more accessible, including books, organizations, websites, and selected educational programs.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Benefits for Healthcare Facilities -- Reiman Gardens
Therapeutic gardens for healthcare facilities benefit residents, staff, and visitors. Find out details of how to plan and maintain these features.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Gardening Tips for Older Adults -- Reiman Gardens
Here are descriptions of several simple ideas and inexpensive tools that can help people continue gardening as they grow older.
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CD-DIAL Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory
CD-DIAL is a training and technical assistance unit within Sociology Extension at ISU that works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capacity as they evaluate and assess the need for services.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2005 Summary Report
The 2005 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked questions including future governmental support through the Farm Bill, the price of farmland, incentives for conservation, farm succession, state-level economic development programs, methamphetamine production and addiction, and the ability of ISU Extension to meet farmers’ needs.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2004 Summary Report-Part 1
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding health insurance, future of farming, tax policy, water quality, and philanthropy.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2004 Summary Report-Part 2
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding quality of life.
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Retail Trade Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2003 Summary Report
Highlights include opinions on community well-being, quality of life, and sense of community. Questions were also asked about biotechnology, food safety, GMOs, and more.
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New Leadership Challenges for Local Government
Mid-sized cities and small towns are experiencing the fast pace and changes brought by new technologies and globalization. Find out how local government can respond.
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Older Iowans Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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A Zoning Option for Small Communities -- Land Use Series
Learn about the pros and cons of restricted residence districts for smaller communities.
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Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2002 Summary Report
Survey results from almost 2,000 farmers in 2002 regarding crop and livestock issues and quality of life in Iowa.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll -- 2001 Summary Report
Highlights regarding community and economic development, among other survey questions, as reported in this 2001 summary.
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The Impact of Immigration on Small- to Mid-Sized Iowa Communities -- A Citizens' Guide for Change
Case studies of the impacts of immigration on the following Iowa communities: Columbus Junction, Lenox, Perry, and Marshalltown. Topics include housing, schools, social issues, health, language, merchandising, local businesses, and government.
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Resident-led Watershed Management
Resident-led watershed groups can voluntarily work together to develop local policies and practices that protect the health of their waters. Learn to organize local farmers, businesses, natural resource technicians, environmental groups, and Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners to monitor your watershed.
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Preparing for a Collaborative Community Assessment
This publication helps community development specialists prepare for collaborative community assessment activities. It discusses characteristics of such an assessment, steps involved, and practical implications.
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Employment and Earnings Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2000 Summary Report
Survey results from nearly 5,000 farmers in 2000 highlighted the following topics: biotechnology, food safety and health, transgenic hybrids, average distance traveled to obtain services (business, community, etc.), recreational and leisure activities, minority and immigrant issues, alternative livestock production, financial conditions, and quality of life.
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Purposeful Partnerships in the Community Interest
Teamwork among citizens, private groups, and public agencies is the key to many successful community projects. How can communities develop purposeful partnerships that benefit community interests while satisfying all partners? Use these tools to evaluate the structure, mission, and effectiveness of any organization.
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Glossary of Common Planning and Zoning Terms
More than 150 common planning and zoning terms are defined.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 1999 Summary Report
Results of the 1999 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll with the primary focus on how farm families are coping with current conditions and what they expect in the next decade.
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Agricultural Data for Decision Makers
Data for Decision Makers reports can be generated by visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 1998 Summary Report
Results of the 1998 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll; highlights include information technology on Iowa farms, opinions on economic development, ranking of state and national issues, precision farming, quality of life, and issues surrounding the livestock industry.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 1997 Summary Report
Results of the 1997 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll regarding risk, health issues, perceptions of well-being, job and work satisfaction, perceived financial situation, new technologies, and off-farm employment.
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