Thanks to West Liberty Economic Area Development, Iowa Workforce Development and West Liberty High School, juniors were able to take ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate exam. This project was initiated through We Lead to help students better understand the workforce skills they possess and help West Liberty determine a baseline to identify gaps in the local workforce’s skills.
The Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative is offering a pair of workshops on CRP topics. The first workshop on wildlife habitat development will be June 17 and the second course on CRP mid-contract management will be June 18.
Proper mowing practices play a vital role in helping to maintain a healthy, sustainable home lawn. Lawn mowing is only one question horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer about lawn care and how to have a lawn with the desired characteristics.
Iowans seeking professional development in nonprofit management can register now for the Nonprofit Management Academy. The next course is April 25 and classes continue monthly in Cedar Rapids through November.
The 2012 drought and subsequent low quality hay supplies for winter feeding mean cows don’t have normal liver stores of vitamin A, and without supplementation cows will potentially be deficient in vitamin A. That can lead to a variety of calf health problems.
A Webster City business, Iowa’s First, has taken a proactive approach to circumventing the economic losses in livestock production by moving into fish farming. Mark and Jeff Nelson are producing hybrid striped bass in their unused hog facility. With the assistance of ISU Extension and Outreach they hope to create an aquaculture hub in central Iowa.
Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® 2.0 Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus® 2.0 program, which will be launched at the World Pork Expo in June.
Students, corn producers and agronomists are taking an in-depth look at corn, from the moment the seed is planted to maturity, with Corn Growth and Development (PMR 1009), a publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January 2011 addressed improvements needed to the U.S. food supply. One proposed section to the law addresses the safety of fresh produce by defining new produce standards for foods often consumed in raw form.
Andy Larson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist in small farm sustainability is the April 17 presenter for the Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar. Larson’s presentation will explore grantsmanship with Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education organization.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will conduct a bull selection clinic prior to the bull sale held by Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at the Tama Livestock Auction, Tama on Friday, May 3. The two-hour clinic is scheduled so attendees can go to the bull sale immediately following the session and use the information from the clinic.
The Iowa 4-H Center is seeking volunteers to help spruce up the camping center on Spring Volunteer Day April 27. The center’s volunteer day coincides with Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, a weekend of service throughout the world.
National 4-H Council has received a $500,000 gift from the Monsanto Company to drive the continued expansion of the National 4-H Volunteer Initiative. The new grant will fund several initiatives including continued outreach to attract and retain 4-H volunteers in 39 states, including Iowa.
The 20th annual “Update for Veterinarians” program by Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center features a full day of education focused on beef cattle and will be held May 15 at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.
The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open has some changes for its 2013 occasion, beginning with an earlier date on Wednesday, June 26, at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, the day before Iowa State’s annual Iowa Swine Day.