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Step into the limelight at the Iowa 4-H Film Festival. Aspiring youth directors and actors will bring their talents to the big screen Aug. 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. during the public screening at the 4-H Exhibit Building during the Iowa State Fair.

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach share cultural practices to reduce damage and losses caused by insects and diseases

Eighteen 4-H scholarships have been awarded by Hills Bank and Trust Co. The company gave $1,000 leadership grants to Iowa students who completed a 4-H leadership program during their senior year of high school.

Farmers and crop advisors around the world are scouting corn and soybean fields with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field guides in hand. The guides outline integrated pest management information – how to protect crops using both preventative and curative tactics to manage insects, diseases and weeds.

Fayette County’s senior Dairy Quiz Bowl team placed first in the annual 4-H Youth Dairy Quiz Bowl, June 6 in Arlington. The team will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Ky., in November.

New opportunities exist for harvesting corn stover in support of central Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant biomass feedstock needs. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting at the Hubbard Golf and Recreation Club on July 9 to address emerging stover harvest opportunities.

Water is a critical issue for the continued development and prosperity of Iowa, the North Central Region and the United States. The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar on Wednesday, June 19, features Lois Wright Morton, sociology professor at Iowa State University with her presentation, “Linking and Integrating Water Quality Planning for Action.”

With an official proclamation from Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service is celebrating 50 years of service to Iowa business and industry.

Iowa Learning Farms, the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Farm board of trustees and Webster and Hamilton NRCS offices were planning to host a field day at the farm Wednesday, June 12. The field day has been postponed due to the wet spring and late planting season. The field day will be held later this summer at a date yet to be determined.

Available in nearly every color, bearded iris is a beautiful spring flower. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions related to blooming, dividing and controlling pests with irises.

Seven students from Iowa attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and two received awards at the May 12-17 event in Phoenix, Ariz. Intel ISEF is part of Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to science education and research.

Cheryl Heronemus, a regional director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has received the fourth annual Harkin PROSPER award. She serves Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay counties.

Fifty Iowa 4-H'ers have been selected to receive state 4-H project awards in 2013. More than 130 4-H youth applied for the awards this year, which are given to youth who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

Certified crop advisers can earn five hours of credit by attending a special CCA morning session, followed by the afternoon spring field day tour at the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on June 27.

The frequent rains that have soaked Iowa this year have left many corn and soybean fields unplanted or with flooded areas. Many producers are wondering what options they have under their multiple peril crop insurance (MPCI) policies.

Following a successful pilot season in 2012, the Certified Grazier Program is being expanded to two southern Iowa locations this year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the program is ideal for those who have experience with grazing and want more detailed information on tools and techniques.

Deb Sellers, an associate professor and extension specialist at Kansas State University, will be the new associate dean in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. She starts July 22.

Fathers are different from mothers, but offer love, guidance and support in their own unique way. During June, family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs talk about the role of fathers in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Why is the ash tree in the front yard dropping leaves? What are those brownish, orange things in the cedar tree out back? Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about trees; to have additional questions answered contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3108.