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Lifestyle changes, like eating a low-sodium diet and being physically active, can help reduce high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, or maintain blood pressure at a healthy level. February is National Heart Month and a good time to take action against this risk factor for heart attack and stroke, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

Iowa Beef Center staff will conduct bull selection clinics just prior to three Iowa Cattlemen’s Association bull sales later this spring to break down the process of bull selection into simple steps and assist those attending with interpreting the EPD numbers in the catalog.

A workshop to train livestock producers and service providers on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index for use in nutrient management and manure management plans is planned for March 20 in Altoona, Iowa.

Gardeners can get a jump on their gardens by starting seeds indoors. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss the types of equipment and conditions needed.

A postharvest handling and food safety workshop for fruit and vegetable growers is planned by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  The workshop will be March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Oak Room on the Iowa State campus and broadcast to 12 host locations in Iowa.

Local community leaders, entrepreneurs and partners of Southeast Iowa’s local food system will learn strategies for regional branding, increasing agri-tourism opportunities and promoting local foods, arts and recreation at the Great River Regional Flavors Discovery Day on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host meetings in Madrid on Feb. 28 and Dubuque on March 6 to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.

Producers, consumers, business owners and anyone interested in developing Iowa’s local food system are invited to register for an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy.”

Sometimes life is not fair — and that really can make a child mad. But adults can help children learn how to cope with their anger in positive ways. Get tips in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

About 70 percent of farmers report using at least one technology that provides them with Internet access, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. In addition, a basic cell phone was the most common communications technology used by farmers in the survey.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites are open across the state to help individuals and families who have incomes at or below $51,000 file their tax returns at no cost. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach assisted a number of communities with establishing these sites to provide the service.

Parents have choices about ways to guide and discipline their children. In March, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a free, interactive webinar for parents and grandparents with tips on using love and limits to teach children to be respectful and responsible.

Enjoy indoor flowering plants and cut flowers longer with proper care. Learn from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach about caring for and transplanting flowering indoor plants.

The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member and extension specialist with a national award.

Since 2004, Iowa State University has been participating in a multi-state study to research the health and well-being of rural families who have low incomes and young children. ISU Extension and Outreach researchers are specifically examining the health and well-being of Latino immigrant families in Iowa, and have recently published findings regarding families’ ability to understand their new food environments and children’s eating practices.

The Cedar County Economic Development Commission, in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach and the Cedar County Agricultural Extension District, has hired Shelise Parsley to serve as an ISU Extension community development specialist and economic development director for Cedar County. It's the latest in a growing number of shared community and economic development positions in ISU Extension and Outreach.

Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about herd health and disease diagnostics, get livestock and grain economic outlooks, and hear about changing feed and diet options at the 2013 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for February.

Although Iowa cattle typically can tolerate winter conditions surprisingly well, colder temperatures can mean higher nutrition needs for cow herds, says Iowa State University Extension beef specialist.

A roundtable session for beef feedlot operators will be conducted jointly by ISU Extension and Outreach and University of Nebraska Extension on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. Six Iowa locations will host the webinar sessions.