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Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a field day on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kent Swanson farm, rural Red Oak. The field day will focus on cover crop management and use for grazing and forage production, erosion control and soil health.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Tuesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion in Dedham. The field day will focus on cover crops and no-till systems for erosion control and soil health and includes a visit to the Mike Sporrer farm, rural Dedham.

Early spring is a great time for amending the garden soil, and getting it prepared for the upcoming growing season. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talk about changes to soil pH when adding ashes and lime to gardens, soil core aerification and soil testing.

Gardeners can learn how to start annual flowers and vegetables at home and to enjoy them earlier in the growing season with Starting Garden Transplants at Home (PM 0874), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

Mushroom hunters who would like to legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa must complete a morel mushroom certification workshop. The workshop will be offered at three locations in March and April.

Daniel Barker, assistant scientist with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University, will discuss nitrogen sensing technology during the Iowa Learning Farms’ free monthly webinar,  Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crops workshop, along with the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buzzy’s Pizza in Welton. The workshop will focus on cover crops for feed, soil and nutrient management. 

Judges are needed for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa and FFA Agriscience Fair. The competitions will be held in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University on April 5.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area, Lake View. The field day will focus on cover management. 

Local 4-H camping programs are strong and growing across Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to high quality 4-H camping programs.

Iowans will have a chance to form partnerships and network with other local food enthusiasts at an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy,” at the ISU Scheman Building on March 19-20.

A field day focusing on cover crops for row crop systems will be held Tuesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dustin Kaestner farm near Luzerne. The field day site is located at Kaestner Seeds, 7381 16th Ave., Luzerne. The event is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

School teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, county and regional extension programs, and other organizations delivering STEM educational programs can apply to bring one or more of the nine specially selected programs into a club or classroom during 2013-14.

Parents often greet a new baby with stuffed animals, dolls and other toys, all given in anticipation of the play that is to come. During March, learn about the power of play for children of all ages in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State UniversityExtension and Outreach.

Starting vegetables at home can be fun and offers several advantages. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about starting cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedlings and selecting varieties.

Researchers will share information on the cover crop topic at a workshop Friday, April 5 in Mason City. Iowa State University and USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment will hold the workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th Street SW, Mason City.

USDA Rural Development and other lending agencies require first-time homebuyers to complete education from a certified provider to qualify for the agency’s rural housing loans. To meet this need, ISU Extension and Outreach offers A Place of Your Own, an online homebuyer education course,

A Biomass Crop Production Workshop will look at reasons for increased interest in biomass crops for energy in Iowa. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 19, at the Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City, Iowa.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about grape pruning that will give the pruner a spirit of learning and adventure, not panic.