For answers to just about any home and family question, families have been calling AnswerLine, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach telephone hotline for more than 30 years. With a recently updated website, www.extension.iastate.edu/families/answerline, and a new Facebook page and Twitter account, AnswerLine now has even more ways to tackle whatever questions Iowans and other AnswerLine users may have.
They answer questions on any topic, and direct callers to the right source
"There is no question that is too outrageous or foolish," AnswerLine Coordinator Liz Meimann says. "We answer questions on any topic. If we can't be the last call a person makes, we want to be the second-to-last call. We direct our callers to the right source."
AnswerLine's professional consumer and family scientists answer questions about child development, cleaning, nutrition, textiles and much more, says Meimann.
The hotline, 800-262-3804, answers approximately 19,000 calls every year from Iowans as well as callers from Minnesota and South Dakota. The hotline is answered year around, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 -4 p.m.
"When you contact AnswerLine, you are reaching a real human being with safe, research-based information, and not a recording," she notes. This spring, the hotline added two social media platforms, along with a new logo. AnswerLine is posting answers to frequently asked questions on its page and Twitter account.
Leopold Center now accepting nominations for 2012 Spencer Award
In other news, The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University invites nominations for the 2012 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors people who have made a significant contribution to the ecological and economic stability of Iowa's family farms.
You may nominate yourself or others for the award. Submit your nomination form, along with two letters of support, to the Leopold Center by June 15, 2012.
Since 2002, the Spencer Award has honored farmers, teachers, researchers and others who have shown a long-standing commitment to making agriculture sustainable and family farms more secure in Iowa. Nominees for the award should have a record of accomplishment in research, technical or practical advancement, or education.
The Spencer Award honors the beliefs, innovations and stewardship of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed near Sioux City for 40 years. The Spencers believed that it is the obligation of each generation to leave the world a healthier and better place for the next generation. The Spencer Award, administered by the Leopold Center, was created with an endowment from the Spencer family to serve as a lasting memorial. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize. Download the nomination form, and learn more about the Spencer Award, at www.leopold.iastate.edu/spencer-award.