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The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. ISU Extension horticulturists tell how to select a healthy plant and the care involved keeping the plant attractive through the holiday season.

Last spring, Iowa families throughout the state gathered together –- virtually –- once a month for the Eco Family Conference from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The program is undergoing slight changes for its second year, and families can register now.

The Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 10-12, 2013 at the Fulkerson Center on Missouri Western State University’s campus in St. Joseph, Mo. The event is a five-state collaborative effort of growers associations and University Extension from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Kaye Strohbehn has been hired as an agriculture producer and consumer education specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northwestern Iowa. Strohbehn began serving Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties Nov. 5 as education specialist after serving the region as an extension county program coordinator.

The 2013 Crop Advantage Series offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be held at 13 Iowa locations during January. Crop Advantage meetings provide crop producers with the most current information necessary for making profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season.

Iowa State researchers will be conducting free nutritional screenings for older Iowans Dec. 17 at Heartland Senior Services in Ames, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ISU research team will be using new measurement tools to detect malnutrition in older adults.

More than 30 million families will shop and buy a “real” Christmas tree this year. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell what to look for when selecting a real tree for Christmas and how to care for it after purchasing.

Jacqueline Comito and Ann Staudt were recognized at the Technology Association of Iowa’s fifth annual Iowa Women of Innovation awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15, for their work in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Governor Branstad asks for public comment on a nutrient reduction strategy developed over a two-year period by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.

The state nutrition and health team for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently added to its numbers. Jody Gatewood, new assistant state nutrition program specialist, will split her time between two nutrition education programs --- the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP) --- and nutrition research grant projects.

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.