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The Integrated Pest Management program at Iowa State University is hosting its fourth crop scouting competition on Aug. 5 for teams of Iowa high school students.

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999. The cash rental rates survey results are available in the ISU Extension and Outreach publication Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2014 Survey.

There are many reasons to plant a tree in Iowa besides to celebrate Arbor Day on April 25, 2014. Trees conserve energy, bring beauty to the yard, attract birds and help clean the air, to name just a few. This week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.

Current issues in rural property management, appraisal, and sales and purchase are up for discussion at the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference, May 21 at Iowa State University.

The Water Rocks! team came home with 15 awards at the 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association award ceremony, including three Awards of Excellence in Educational Production.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on growing and caring for garden mums.

Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.
 

People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” provided by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, gives participants the tools they need to address the challenges of caregiving.

The spring 2014 Current Issues in Nutrition conference examines food safety concerns and what safe food really means. The online conference for nutrition and health professionals is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.

Producers can learn about engineering, agronomic and financial issues related to corn stover harvest in a new series of fact sheets from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

On April 15 all Iowans are encouraged to wear purple to show their appreciation for military children and their families. During April, the Month of the Military Child, and throughout the year Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has resources for military families.

Children need adequate sleep to help their brains and bodies grow and develop. In April Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring an interactive webinar for parents, grandparents and teachers covering how sleep impacts children’s health and behavior.

Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 5-10 in Washington, D.C. The youth delegates are Raeann Hanlon, Calhoun County; Paul Elliott, Linn County; and Renae Drey and Tyler Pickhinke, Sac County.

“Do I have to go to church today?” How parents respond when children ask questions about religion and spirituality can impact their youngsters’ behavior. During April, learn how parents can help children as they begin asking spiritual questions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Strawberries are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort, making them well suited to home gardens. Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa, but don’t rush to remove mulch.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar Wednesday, April 16 will feature Rick Cruse, Iowa State University agronomy professor. He will discuss soil erosion that is ignored or unreported by most agencies, and even the Iowa Daily Erosion Project.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in Newton in Jasper County from a larva sample collected on March 20, 2014. Nine counties in Iowa have confirmed infestations.

The Iowa Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution March 27 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System.