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Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day and pasture walk at Triple C Farms near Leon on Wednesday, July 24. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and focus on pasture improvement.

Brothers and sisters can seem to be arch enemies one moment and best friends the next, say family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs. During July, they’ll talk about sibling relationships in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Margaret Van Ginkel, coordinator for Iowa Concern hotline – a service made available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recommends actions that help prevent stress from taking over your life. Most important is to talk out your problems.

As a result of a recent U.S. Tax Court ruling, those who sign a Conservation Reserve Program contract, whether they are involved in a farm business or just own the land, will find their CRP payments subject to self-employment tax.

Weeds are a constant problem for home gardeners. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about weeds in general and a couple of specific weed issues.

The On-Farm Food Safety team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach frequently references two extension publications when responding to fruit and vegetable growers' concerns about the safety of using produce harvested from gardens and fields that have been flooded.

Michael Castellano, assistant agronomy professor at Iowa State University, will share his research on nitrogen and soil organic matter during the Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar Wednesday, July 17. The at 11:30 a.m. webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect.

Iowans can build skills to improve their finances with a free online course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The field day at the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Farm near Otho has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 17. The benefits of no-till and strip-till compared to traditional tillage will be demonstrated using a 150-foot soil root pit.

The Science of Parenting’s next webinar will air on July 9 from 12 to 1 p.m. The webinar will focus on children, sports and competition, and is part of Iowa State University’s electronic outreach to parents.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold GAP workshops this fall for farmers who sell directly to consumers and those considering sales to retail foodservices. Workshops will be held in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City.

Rainfall this spring has created ideal conditions for several tree diseases and foliage abnormalities. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach help homeowners understand those abnormalities; the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can diagnose diseases.

Adults age 65 or older are eligible for free nutrition assessments on Senior Day, July 17, at the Adams County Fair. Iowa State University researchers will conduct the assessments using new measurement tools for detecting malnutrition.

Farm tenants and land owners are invited to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farmland leasing meetings during July and August. The 3-hour workshops are designed to assist landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with current issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements. 

Iowa Library Services and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are pleased to announce a series of summer financial literacy programs for young families. 

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have moved rapidly from drought to flood, the theme of the 2013 series is "Moisture Extremes in the Landscape."

Fungi and molds are popping up and out in Iowa lawns and gardens thanks to cool, wet conditions the past few weeks. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell gardeners how to identify and manage some of the more common ones.

With this spring’s wet soils and cool, cloudy weather, some people wonder where those ripe tomatoes and green beans at the farmers' market are coming from. The growers may be using high tunnels that allow them to plant earlier and have vegetables a few to several weeks sooner than field-grown crops.