The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honor society of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has honored four individuals as "Friends of Extension" for 2014. Rosalie and Steve Christensen, Riceville, Janice Crall, Albia, and Alan Smith, Mount Ayr, were recognized during the Epsilon Sigma Phi annual awards banquet recently at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State campus.
Rosalie and Steve Christensen have served as 4-H leaders in Howard County for 10 years. In addition, they have opened their farm to more than 1,000 youth in the past 20 years for educational programming on farm safety. These efforts were expanded to high school youth in FFA and 4-H as well as adult educational camps held on their farm. Through these efforts, the Christensens have been instrumental in helping families understand farm hazards and receive resources to make needed changes. For more information, contact ISU Extension and Outreach in Howard County.
After retiring as a teacher and sports assistant at the Fort Madison, Iowa, newspaper, Janice Crall came back to her hometown of Albia. A former 4-H member, she found ways to work with 4-H'ers and started judging at county fairs. Soon she was elected to the Monroe County Extension Council and began writing a weekly column for the local paper covering all areas of ISU Extension and Outreach. She serves as treasurer for the county extension council and is a liaison with the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils. As a volunteer she recently reorganized the Monroe County 4-H Foundation. For more information, contact ISU Extension and Outreach in Monroe County.
Alan Smith, former owner and editor of the Mount Ayr Record News, has promoted ISU Extension and Outreach for many years. His coverage of events and activities was featured weekly in the Ringgold County paper he owned for more than 30 years. Through his newspaper work he informed local residents and other subscribers about ISU Extension and Outreach and the positive impact it has on agriculture, families, communities, youth, business and industry. For more information, contact ISU Extension and Outreach in Ringgold County.