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Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center will host a manure management field day from 1 to 4 p.m. July 13, at the Mike Bettin feedlot in Sac County. The field day will provide information on manure management issues and offer alternative manure handling options for open feedlots and dairies with less than 1,000 animal units.

The floods, storms and tornadoes of 2011 are taking their toll on the nation’s children, who may be stressed, worried or frightened about what is happening to them and their families. Staff members from Project Recovery Iowa offer tips on talking to kids about natural disasters in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast from Iowa State University Extension.

Field day attendees will see no-till corn following corn, no-till corn following soybean, and no-till soybean following corn. They also hear about strategies for no-till and cover crop management.

As Iowa sweet corn matures in the fields, extension specialists share tips on keeping the raccoons out of the patch and when to harvest.

Harold and Kay Whipple, along with Iowa Learning Farms, will co-host "Conservation Conversations on the Prairie" at the Whipples' farm in rural Lacona on Tuesday, July 19.

Producer groups can receive assistance from the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center in gathering information for use in applying for the USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service value-added producer grants.

Fifty Iowa 4-H’ers have earned state 4-H project awards, the highest achievement 4-H’ers can receive in project work. Information is available about the individual recipients by county.

Five steps cattle producers should follow during extremely hot days to maintain herd health.

A few spots remain for the July 12 Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors recertification session in Ames, which is specifically for those who became certified during the initial training period in 2007-08.

With the registration deadline a week away, organizers of the Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open say a few team spots remain for the golf portion of the July 19 event. Anyone interested in attending the event needs to register by July 5.

Livestock producers and service providers can receive training 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 at the July 26 workshop.

Learn how to manage the bugs, beetles, worms and caterpillars that are showing up on home garden vegetables.

Iowa’s 17 and younger age group decreased according to 2010 census results. According to the Community Vitality Center report, “Population 18 and Older and 17 and Younger in Iowa’s Counties, 2000 – 2010,” Iowa’s youth population has decreased by 5,645 in the last decade.

Iowa’s unincorporated areas — the countryside outside any town or city limits — lost population according to the 2010 census, reversing a gain seen in the 2000 census, as detailed in the report “Countryside and Town: Population in Iowa’s Counties Within and Outside of Incorporated Places, 1990 – 2010."

Flood damaged grain is considered adulterated and cannot be used for food or feed. It is important for farmers to keep grain impacted by flood waters completely separate.

More than 151,000 Iowans claimed Hispanic or Latino origin on the 2010 census questionnaire. This is the largest minority group in the state at 5 percent, as detailed in the Iowa State University Extension report “Race and Hispanic Origin in Iowa’s Counties, 1980-2010.”

Iowa Learning Farms and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are hosting a bus tour of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) wetlands in Kossuth County on Tuesday, June 28. The tour will include stops at two completed CREP wetland sites east of Algona.

College students and graduates who have had experiences with cooperatives see them as a way to gain valuable work experiences, scholarships and the means to addressing community needs. Student involvement in cooperatives is one aspect of the eXtension.org website containing educational materials about cooperatives.

Home gardeners can protect one of the most valuable assets in a landscape by identifying tree diseases and taking steps to properly manage the diseases.