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Iowa State University Extension nutrition specialists discuss the positive aspects and concerns about the new MyPlate food icon and messages from USDA.

Cass County community leaders and extension researchers at Iowa State University and Cornell University teamed up to create a research project that focuses on increasing the consumption of locally grown foods in the county. The project has been under way for more than a year now, and researchers plan on increasing hands-on activities for families with school-age children.

The 2011 Field Diagnostic Clinic will be held July 11-12 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. This program focuses on the fundamentals of crop plant diagnostics.

Registration is now under way for the 2011 Crop Management Clinic to be held July 13-14 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. The Crop Management Clinic is an intensive two-day training program that focuses on the latest developments in crop production and protection.

During the off-season, teams often take a break from their particular sport or activity. However, there’s no off-season for Iowa 4-H robotics teams. These future scientists and engineers always are preparing for their next event — whether the Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Iowa State Fair or the 2011 FIRST LEGO League challenge this fall.
 

Iowa State University Extension has a number of resources available to help Iowans cope as they deal with flooding and its aftermath.

Bearded irises add many colors to spring gardens. Learn how to keep them healthy and blooming in this week's yard and garden column.

The 15th Annual Iowa 4-H Foundation Central Iowa Golf Benefit, “Going for the Green,” is July 18 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. This annual event benefits Iowa 4-H youth and other youth programs throughout the state.
 

With today’s high fuel prices, cash rents and land costs, there has never been a better time to explore reduced tillage options. Visit the Van Diest farm to see how strip-tillage works and learn from a local farmer who is experienced with this practice.

Students celebrated Global Youth Service Day in April, but the spirit continues on in Centerville where the AmeriCorps program has teamed up with the community to work on a community garden. The project began on April 15 and will continue until Sept. 11.

Effective parenting is more than good intentions. Iowa State University Extension examines how parenting style makes a difference in rearing responsible, competent children in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors recertification session for July 12 in Ames.

Iowa State University Extension will offer four workshops in northeastern and eastern Iowa featuring environmental issues for feedlots and dairies that are medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

PorkBridge,a distance education series operating through the collaboration of 11 land-grant universities, begins the 2011-2012 season June 30. PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities.

The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance, including the mowing, watering, fertilizing and grub control.

The 2011 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 19 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. The 18-hole best ball tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course.

Five of the horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship in Ogden, Utah, on April 29 to May 8, are located at stables in Iowa. The good news is that there are no reports of clinical disease in any of these horses in Iowa.

Two popular publications from The Science of Parenting are now available in Spanish. “Video Games and Other Media: Pros and Cons” and “Obesity and Overuse of Electronic Media” are available online at the ISU Extension Online Store in both English and Spanish versions.

Managing mono-slope barns to improve air quality and cattle performance will be featured at an open house on June 22. The open house will be at the Ron and Clayton Christensen barn near Royal, Iowa, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.