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On March 1 in Mahaska County, the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University Extension will provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQAPlus®) program.

Late dormant season (February to March) is commonly regarded as the best time to prune trees. Learn about pruning tools and procedure in this week's column.

The Iowa 4-H Center offers nine unique weeks of day camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 10 years old. Beginning June 6, each week offers a different theme including days filled with swimming, crafts and group games.

The 2011 Iowa State University (ISU) Animal Industry Report is now available online. The report features a variety of animal industry-related research done at ISU.

More than 400 samples have been submitted for a forage testing project initiated by the Iowa Beef Center, ISU's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council and the Southern Iowa Forage and Livestock Committee.

Iowa State University Extension is offering the Crop Scout School for those planning to work as crop scouts during the 2011 crop season.

A new publication from Iowa State University Extension explains how routine maintenance of farm tractors and small adjustments in day-to-day operations improve fuel efficiency and total energy costs.
 

Iowa State University Extension will offer a workshop at Letts, Iowa, on owning, leasing and renting farm equipment, and strategies for sharing machinery and labor in farming operations.
 

Learn how to prune fall-bearing raspberries, care for azaleas and potted tulips that have been forced to bloom.

Informational meetings to address the gypsy moth, a well-known pest of trees, and the proposed action to control it will be held March 1 and 2 at three northeast Iowa locations.

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.