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The Great River Region Local Food Networking Forum will be held at 61 Chophouse in Mediapolis on Friday, Feb. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The forum is for local food entrepreneurs, regional experts and partners of Southeast Iowa’s local food system.

David Okerlund and a top-notch slate of dairy industry experts will focus on sustainability and industry perspective topics at the eighth annual I-29 Dairy Conference. The 2013 I-29 Dairy Conference will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the Ramkota Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A Wind and Solar Energy Conference will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sioux City Convention Center, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The conference will address the growing interest in alternative energy sources that has raised many questions about wind and solar energy in northwest Iowa.

Beef producers can get their fill of new beef technologies and information, followed by Iowa State University men's basketball at the third "Beef and Basketball" event in Ames on Feb. 23.

Part of the fun of gardening is in starting your own plants. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss plant propagation methods best suited for several common yard and garden plants.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists are hosting the Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop on Feb. 22 at the Scott County Extension Office in Bettendorf from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a course called Homegrown Lifestyle for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grow food for their families and create a sustainable landscape. The 12-week course will be offered at several Iowa locations beginning March 14.

The Northwest Iowa Local Food Summit on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon is an opportunity to help shape the regional food network, according to organizers.

A two-day short course, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management, will be held Feb. 13-14 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. The ISU Extension and Outreach short course will focus on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists discuss the best time to prune common Iowa trees. Find answers to common yard and garden questions at the Yard and Garden FAQs website, http://expert.hort.iastate.edu/.

Traps, sentinel trees, visual surveys and other surveillance efforts show pest is only in eastern Allamakee County in northeast Iowa, according to the Iowa Emerald Ash Borer team.

Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition through a five-session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” program, a new Annie’s Project course, is being offered in Jefferson on Thursday evenings, Feb. 21 – March 21.

Many farmers appear to believe that farmland is overvalued and eventually the market bubble will burst, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Iowans can beat the mid-winter blues with the Eco Family Virtual Conference. Families can save money on household expenses, spend quality time together and live green in 2013 by participating in the conference, said Kristi Cooper, conference organizer and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The 4-State Beef Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, at six locations, including two in Iowa — the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis or Southwest Iowa Community College in Creston.

Ag Decision Maker, one of the most visited Iowa State University Extension and Outreach websites, has a new look. The decision-oriented agricultural business website now showcases new and emerging issues within farm management.

Equine business professionals can connect with land-grant universities, equine business experts, networking opportunities and other invaluable resources by participating in the new, online Equine Business Short Course series. The series is offered at no charge.

The Master Equine Manager Program is offering a functional anatomy workshop for equine owners and professionals that is centered around a guided dissection of a horse.

Nine Iowa locations are offering the Annie's Project course this winter. The educational program is dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.