Poverty statistics have climbed during the past decade, and food insecurity rates have increased across Iowa and the nation as a whole. Researchers from Iowa State University have assembled the latest data on these issues in a series of publications, now available online.
Any parent, new or seasoned, may have questions regarding his or her children. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a free monthly newsletter, Just in Time Parenting, with helpful information on parenting young ones.
The Central Iowa Expo Site held a check presentation on Dec. 12 to officially announce a major contribution to the site near the junction of Highway 30 and Highway 17 between Ames and Boone from Monsanto.
A new smartphone application from the North Dakota State University Extension Service will help motorists prepare for winter weather travels. And should they get stuck in winter weather, the app provides on-the-spot assistance.
Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $6,708 per acre, an increase of 32.5 percent from 2010, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. This is the highest percentage increase ever recorded by the Iowa State University annual survey.
Many Iowa farmers are concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture, but opinions differ about the causes and questions remain about how to address the issue, according to the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
On Jan. 18, a high tunnel production workshop will be held at the Cherokee County ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee and a Feb. 4 workshop will be at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners interested in expanding into commercial production and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel production.