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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a series of publications, titled “Safe Farm,” that contain valuable information on safe farming techniques and tips. 

Many people choose baby carrots as their snack. They are healthy, full of vitamins and are easy to eat and feed to children. But are they safe? Jody Gatewood, a nutrition specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, dispels the myths and explains the facts.

Iowa school children may be counting the days until summer vacation begins, but they may not realize that summer means “back to school” for their teachers. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Iowa Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) Teacher Training workshop Aug. 6-8 at Iowa State University.

A four-part beef management discussion series has been scheduled for Iowa State University’s McNay Research and Demonstration Farm southwest of Chariton. The session dates are June 18, July 16, Aug. 26 and Sept. 10.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Linn County is offering educational discounts to nonprofit professionals and organizations.  The remaining 2013 Nonprofit Management Academy workshops will be offered at a reduced rate — three workshops for the price of two.

Parents naturally are concerned for their children’s safety, particularly when there is news of a child abduction that happens close to home. Finding the balance between emotions and the “teachable moment” as parents talk to their children is important, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

Producers who graze livestock are encouraged to register now for the 2013 Iowa Grazing Conference being held June 25-26 in Creston. This year’s event has classroom and field experiences.

What fruit varieties will perform well in Iowa? Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about selecting plum, pear, cherry and peach varieties. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3108.

Iowa 4-H is inviting youth from across the state to showcase their skills in a competition that puts the knife to the board. The fourth annual “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge is Aug. 9-10, 2013, in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa’s farmers are substantially involved in philanthropy, donating their time and money to organizations, causes and charities they believe in, according to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. Many rural communities are beginning to depend on these philanthropic efforts as an important part of local community and economic development.

Golf registrations are coming in for the 2013 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, and Iowa State University animal science professor John Mabry reminded people of this year’s earlier date.

Farmers being observant with seed treatments at planting and pesticide applications during the growing season could minimize ill effects on bee populations, according to Iowa State University entomologists.

The 2013 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day at the Iowa State Horticulture Farm in Ames is set for Monday, Aug. 12. The field day will begin at 2 p.m. and feature research-based information on a variety of production topics of interest to fruit and vegetable growers.

With Annuals, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication, gardeners can plan their flower gardens for the summer.

Quality Machine of Iowa Inc. is featured in the spring issue of CIRAS News, the newsletter of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service. QMI has been working with CIRAS since 2010 to incorporate lean manufacturing principles and to expand the company’s customer base.

Tony Toigo and Patti Cale-Finnegan will discuss Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Projects during the Iowa Learning Farms’ webinar Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m..

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about rhubarb plant selection and harvesting.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Geospatial Technology Program is offering two geographic information systems short courses this summer on June 13-14 and Aug. 22-23.

Results from the most recent survey of farmland rental rates conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showed that the average estimated cash rent for corn and soybean land in the state for 2013 was $270 per acre, an increase of $18 per acre or 7 percent from last year.