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Shrubs are integral components of home landscapes. During winter months they not only make eye-catching accent or specimen plants, but they provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss shrub varieties with winter appeal.

Foodservice employees have many things to think about while on the job. To help them continue to put safe food knowledge into practice, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently launched a research and training development project called Do Your PART.

School lunch can be a good source of nutrition for children. But the menu may not match their food preferences every day. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach aims to guide parents on creating healthy, balanced packed lunches, while keeping the food safe until lunch time.

Rodney "Butch" Baker will serve as interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. He has been a senior clinician at the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department of Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Various aspects of farmland drainage is the topic of a Dec. 12 workshop at Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. Advanced registration is recommended.

Gardeners, both novice and experienced, will be inspired to preserve their garden bounty with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s 2013 garden calendar. The full-color, 12-month calendar is filled with stunning photography and information.

Kevin Lager joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as an extension dairy specialist on Nov. 1. Lager will serve the western Iowa dairy region and have an office in the Sioux County Extension Office in Orange City.

The Iowa Master Gardener 2013 winter trainings will be held at 16 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices beginning in January. The Master Gardener course includes 40 hours of Web-based local training and a one-day training session on the Iowa State University campus.

Many perennials make it through winter just fine with no special attention. But in Iowa gardens, some perennials require a little attention just before the ground freezes. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to prepare and provide perennials with winter protection.

The North Central STEM Hub at Iowa State University is hosting a STEM community conversation Nov. 16 in the Garden Room, Reiman Gardens. All parents, grandparents, educators, business and civic leaders, legislators and other Iowans are invited to attend the town hall style meeting scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Suzanne Bartholomae is the newest addition to the family finance team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The new ISU Extension specialist is part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State, and will take over Pat Swanson’s responsibilities upon her retirement in December.

Iowa women farmers and ranchers will have additional opportunities to participate in Annie's Project courses, thanks to financial support from Farm Credit Services of America.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m., will feature Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University associate professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering. Kaleita will offer a snapshot of the cutting edge and future needs of precision agriculture.

Teach children manners and they’re more likely to grow up to be respectful and develop empathy for others. In November, family life specialists offer tips for parents on helping children learn manners and the connection to respect and empathy in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

The Local Food and Farm Program is looking for a few good ideas that will help put more Iowa-grown products on dinner plates and more money in the pockets of Iowa farmers. Iowa nonprofit organizations, farm groups and educational institutions are encouraged to submit proposals for potential funding.

Iowans who are looking for ways to improve their personal or family finances may sign up now for Take Control of Your Money. This self-paced, online workshop is provided free by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Roughly a third of Iowa’s population provides care for older adults. During National Family Caregivers Month in November and throughout the year, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs help empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves.

Roses must be protected against not only low winter temperatures, but also fluctuating temperatures and winter winds. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to protect roses against winter injury.

Educators, trainers, leaders, students and anyone interested can make the choice to take a chance to change with the 2013 Iowa Experiential Education Symposium. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Polk County and the Adventure Learning Center will host the symposium in January.