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In Johnson County, 4-H has offered mentoring services through an affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) for 30 years. This year, Johnson County 4-H developed a program that combines the one-to-one mentoring of BBBS and the club community activities of 4-H into one program.

Current Issues in Nutrition will address the rationale behind the new lower sodium recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. The two-part online conference from Iowa State also will examine the implications for the general public, health care professionals and the food industry.
 

Three publications from Iowa State University Extension aim to help educate and instruct land stewards on the proper and safe methods for carrying out a prescribed burn, a useful tool to achieve specific land management goals and objectives.

This week, ISU Extension horticulturists address lawn questions about pre-emergent herbicide use, mowing recommendations and control of violets.

The Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is May 11 at Iowa State University. The conference will provide updated information for farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers, lenders and others who have an interest in Iowa farmland.
 

Iowa State University Extension is one of four state cooperative extension services that together will develop and run the People’s Garden School Pilot Program. It will serve an estimated 2,800 students attending 70 elementary schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas.

This June and July, the Iowa 4-H Center offers specialty camps designed for true outdoor lovers. Youth ages 14-18 may take a Wilderness Canoe Trek, Backpack Trek or Horsepacking Trek through the rugged trails of places like Minnesota and Michigan.

ISU Extension's corn production team has completed a new publication, “Corn Growth and Development," that replaces “How a Corn Plant Develops" — the standard reference on corn growth and development for more than 40 years.
 

Filmmaking, robotics, cooking and fashion design challenges await young Iowans during 4-H events at the Iowa State Fair. Iowa teens and pre-teens may apply now to participate in these events.

Although schools have begun to learn how to prevent bullying, new technology has given children new ways to bully – sometimes called cyberbullying. Iowa State University Extension is taking a closer look at cyberbullying in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.

ISU horticulture specialists offer expert advise on creating a sustainable home landscape and on adding a water feature to outdoor living spaces in two new publications available through ISU Extension.

This week Iowa State University Extension garden experts have answers to questions about growing strawberries in a home garden, including those from gardeners planning their first strawberry bed and those maintaining an established bed.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus® program. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will hold a training May 4.

Beginning May 24, the Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering summer webinars on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The topic this year is "Garden Natives and Invasives."

Military families and supporters gathered at the capitol in Des Moines March 24 as Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring April as the Month of the Military Child in Iowa.
 

Planted in a well-drained soil in full sun, asparagus crowns will produce spears in coming years to satisfy early summer appetites.

A new publication from Iowa State University Extension illustrates the “shift up, throttle back” technique to reduce tractor fuel consumption and related expenses.

The popular “Soybean Diseases” publication is now available as an e-book. The online reference guide features full-screen, high-resolution images of diseases that infect soybeans grown in Iowa, along with videos to assist with managing disease-related problems.

The projects, the judging, the youth conferences and the presentations in the life of a 4-H’er are valuable experiences that build more than leadership and communication skills. They also can inspire career choices and life-long interests.