The resources below reach beyond Valley County. Contact us to tap into the vast knowledge of Extension professionals across the state. Our practical education and research supports agriculture, natural resources, youth, families, communities and the environment.
Health and Finance
The goal of family and consumer sciences is to improve the quality of life for adults, children and families through research-based data. Its key areas include healthy lifestyles, nutrition, food safety and financial management.
The UI Extension Personal Finance website has free, easy-to-use tools. Set financial goals, track spending, develop savings programs, rebuild damaged credit histories, avoid identity theft and more.
Aging and Retirement
Financial planning is the cornerstone of retirement planning. Planning allows you more satisfaction and security in retirement.
Marriage and Parenting
Parenting is for life. It is a complicated job, and you’re on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, research shows that we provide a solid foundation for effective parenting when we take care of ourselves.
The publication “Navigating Work and Family” helps parents take care of their own needs in order to continue meeting the family’s needs.
New Dietary Guidelines for Families
The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched MyPlate in 2011 to replace the food pyramid, which has been around in various forms since 1992, and the four food groups. The July/August 2011 Family Issues newsletter (PDF) has more information on MyPlate.
Watch this USDA contest entry video on eating fruit and veggies on a budget.
UI Extension/CALS Publications and Multimedia Catalog
Our Publications and Multimedia Catalog lists many more publications about family finance, food safety and preservation, aging and retirement or marriage and parenting available to download or order.
Agriculture and Horticulture
- Request for Insect Identification (Word) or (PDF)
- Plant Problem form (PDF)
- Crop Production
- Farm and Ranch Management
- Forestry, Range, and Water
- Livestock and Other Animals
- Small Acreage Farming
- Idaho Gardens Landscapes and Gardens
- Idaho Master Gardeners
- Idaho Integrated Pest Management includes options for Pesticide Safety Education
- Idaho State Department of Agriculture: Browse licensing information and view the pesticide licensing guide
The Analytical Sciences Laboratory can test your soil samples. Check their price list and consult the Procedure for Collecting and Submitting a Soil Sample. Follow their online instructions on submissions. Contact us to arrange interpretation of the results.
Treasure Valley FCS Newsletter
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