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MarketMaker on the Web offers a free new tool to connect family shoppers with farmers – and with everyone in between – including restaurants and grocery stores.

Several groups, including Iowa State University, are evaluating biomass crops that can be used to produce renewable energy feedstocks. They are sponsoring the workshop to help farmers better understand the opportunities to grow and market profitable biomass crops that are adapted to southern Iowa soils and climates.

“Will the rain ever stop?” is the title of the Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) February webinar at noon, Feb. 16. Christopher J. Anderson, assistant director of the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University, is this month’s presenter.
 

A full day of information and special events awaits the attendees of the 2011 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Feb. 26.

Iowa State University Extension will hold workshops at five locations to explain the new combination crop insurance policy that replaces the old multiple peril crop insurance policies.

There’s still time to register for the Second Annual Iowa 4-H Foundation Gala Feb. 19 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.
 

More than 750 Iowa 4-H youth, families and friends cheered on the Iowa State University Women’s Basketball team during 4-H Day at Hilton Coliseum.
 

Better nutrition and more physical activity are the stable, healthy resolutions that override any diet craze. The Adventure Learning Center is balancing the two by offering courses that combine rope challenges and nutrition education.

Twelve Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2011.

Proper pruning makes it possible to obtain maximum yields of high-quality grapes and to allow adequate vegetative growth for the following season.

Iowa 4-H'ers and Operation: Military Kids exemplify the recent White House initiative, "Strengthening the Military Family."
 

Iowa 4-H alumni have made their commitment to 4-H, raising $23,366.94 to support Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development programs.
 

Iowa Learning Farms is gearing up for another busy season of travel with the Conservation Station, a mobile learning center that encourages all Iowans to help protect and improve soil and water quality. Requests are now being accepted for 2011 events.
 

As thousand canker disease and emerald ash borers edge their way toward Iowa trees and woodlands, organizers of the 55th Annual Iowa State University Shade Tree Short Course are encouraging those interested in trees to “Expand Your Plant Palette.”

ISU Extension nutrition specialist suggests steps for following USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
 

Preregister two days before the date of the location you wish to attend and it's free. Wait and it's $5 a person. Contact IPPA to sign up at 800-372-7675.
 

Extension's nutrition education programs have been helping low-income couples and families plan healthy, cost-effective meals — and saving health care costs.
 

Iowa 4-H teams took high honors at several recent national judging events.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is offering financial aid applications to any youth otherwise financially unable to attend a day or residential camp at the Iowa 4-H Center.