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Roses must be protected against not only low winter temperatures, but also fluctuating temperatures and winter winds. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to protect roses against winter injury.

Educators, trainers, leaders, students and anyone interested can make the choice to take a chance to change with the 2013 Iowa Experiential Education Symposium. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Polk County and the Adventure Learning Center will host the symposium in January.

Through the Sustainable Economies Program, regional trade centers in rural Iowa are receiving information, tools and mentoring to develop plans for strategic growth; and the rest of the country is taking notice. In October the Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service received a 2012 Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association for leading this ISU Extension and Outreach effort.

Five individuals and families were honored as 2012 Friends of Extension by the Iowa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary extension fraternity. The award recipients were recognized Tuesday, Oct. 23, during ISU Extension and Outreach's annual conference in Ames.

“Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa,” a report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is available for free download. The report provides a comprehensive profile of Iowa’s outdoor recreational resources, levels of participation and the economic impact associated with those outdoor activities.

The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. Having adequate nitrogen available is critical for corn production, but given the high prices for fertilizer it is important farmers determine the right amount that is needed on their crops.

An Iowa State University research team has developed new measurement tools to detect malnutrition in older adults. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Iowa State researchers will be conducting free nutritional screenings during the Des Moines University Senior Health Fair.

A series of monthly grain marketing educational meetings for women are being coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The five Women Marketing Grain meetings will be held at the Ankeny DMACC campus beginning Nov. 12.

It’s time to think about protecting strawberry plants from the winter elements. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to properly mulch strawberries to provide protection against winter injury.

In response to expanding problems associated with herbicide resistant weeds, weed specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a series of meetings in November and December to address the issue.

As cow-calf and feedlot operators continue to deal with drought related issues, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center will continue to offer educational opportunities to address ongoing and emerging issues.  “Drought – a Game Changer for Beef Operations” is the title of meetings to be held Nov. 6 – Dec. 6 across Iowa.

Twenty-one 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates for the National 4-H Congress, entitled “Become a Catalyst of Change,” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23 – 27.

A new program for farmers’ market growers and those interested in growing food products for direct or wholesale sales is being offered by the Farm Food Safety Team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This program is designed to provide on farm food safety training for every size fruit and vegetable producer.

The Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference will provide a wealth of information on using advanced reproductive technologies to help producers make decisions. The conference is set for Dec. 3-4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD.

Composting is a relatively easy, inexpensive procedure yielding valuable humus that can be returned to garden soil, or used as mulch around landscape plantings. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach give tips on composting yard wastes.

The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) offers a new, free curriculum to educate youth on opportunities for rural development through value-added agriculture.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is teaming with Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to host a series of fall field days in October and November focusing on cover crops and drought issues.

PorkBridge, a distance education series for pork producers and industry professionals, begins Dec. 6. PorkBridge reaches an audience across the country and around the world in an every other month series of six sessions. Registration must be made by Nov. 12 to assure receipt of materials for Dec. 6 program.

The Meredith Corporation and Edwin T. Meredith Foundations are honoring Successful Farming Editor in Chief Loren Kruse with a $25,000 donation to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The donation establishes an endowment honoring outstanding 4-H volunteers for their leadership, the Iowa 4-H Foundation announced today.