Bioethics for Extension

Iowa State University's Cooperative Extension program is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2003.  We in the bioethics outreach program are proud to be a part the extension tradition.

In 1902, Perry Holden, a manager at Funk Brothers Seed Co., gave a popular series of lectures on the topic of corn at Iowa State University.1  The lectures were so popular that President Beardshear invited Holden to lead the university's agronomy department.  In 1903, Holden responded to an inquiry from a farmer in northwest Iowa by developing a cooperative experimental farm.

Today, bioethics is prominent in agriculture, where cooperative extension got its start, but also in the areas of health, politics, business, and the environment.  Iowa State University's bioethics outreach program is here to assist Iowans in addressing these issues.  All extension personnel, including program directors, field specialists, and county agents, are invited to explore these resources and to contact us if we do not offer what you need.

1. Perry Holden's story is recounted in an online article: "University Extension celebrates 100th anniversary," Iowa State University News,


PowerPoint® Presentations--Samples of presentations given to Extension audiences about bioethics.

Selected Links--Links to help Extension personnel in making presentations and teaching about bioethics.

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Last Update 06/06/03