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Iowa women farmers and ranchers will have additional opportunities to participate in Annie's Project courses, thanks to financial support from Farm Credit Services of America.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m., will feature Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University associate professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering. Kaleita will offer a snapshot of the cutting edge and future needs of precision agriculture.

Teach children manners and they’re more likely to grow up to be respectful and develop empathy for others. In November, family life specialists offer tips for parents on helping children learn manners and the connection to respect and empathy in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

The Local Food and Farm Program is looking for a few good ideas that will help put more Iowa-grown products on dinner plates and more money in the pockets of Iowa farmers. Iowa nonprofit organizations, farm groups and educational institutions are encouraged to submit proposals for potential funding.

Iowans who are looking for ways to improve their personal or family finances may sign up now for Take Control of Your Money. This self-paced, online workshop is provided free by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Roughly a third of Iowa’s population provides care for older adults. During National Family Caregivers Month in November and throughout the year, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs help empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves.

Roses must be protected against not only low winter temperatures, but also fluctuating temperatures and winter winds. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to protect roses against winter injury.

Educators, trainers, leaders, students and anyone interested can make the choice to take a chance to change with the 2013 Iowa Experiential Education Symposium. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Polk County and the Adventure Learning Center will host the symposium in January.

Through the Sustainable Economies Program, regional trade centers in rural Iowa are receiving information, tools and mentoring to develop plans for strategic growth; and the rest of the country is taking notice. In October the Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service received a 2012 Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association for leading this ISU Extension and Outreach effort.

Five individuals and families were honored as 2012 Friends of Extension by the Iowa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary extension fraternity. The award recipients were recognized Tuesday, Oct. 23, during ISU Extension and Outreach's annual conference in Ames.

“Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa,” a report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is available for free download. The report provides a comprehensive profile of Iowa’s outdoor recreational resources, levels of participation and the economic impact associated with those outdoor activities.

The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. Having adequate nitrogen available is critical for corn production, but given the high prices for fertilizer it is important farmers determine the right amount that is needed on their crops.

An Iowa State University research team has developed new measurement tools to detect malnutrition in older adults. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Iowa State researchers will be conducting free nutritional screenings during the Des Moines University Senior Health Fair.

A series of monthly grain marketing educational meetings for women are being coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The five Women Marketing Grain meetings will be held at the Ankeny DMACC campus beginning Nov. 12.

It’s time to think about protecting strawberry plants from the winter elements. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to properly mulch strawberries to provide protection against winter injury.

In response to expanding problems associated with herbicide resistant weeds, weed specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a series of meetings in November and December to address the issue.

As cow-calf and feedlot operators continue to deal with drought related issues, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center will continue to offer educational opportunities to address ongoing and emerging issues.  “Drought – a Game Changer for Beef Operations” is the title of meetings to be held Nov. 6 – Dec. 6 across Iowa.

Twenty-one 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates for the National 4-H Congress, entitled “Become a Catalyst of Change,” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23 – 27.

A new program for farmers’ market growers and those interested in growing food products for direct or wholesale sales is being offered by the Farm Food Safety Team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This program is designed to provide on farm food safety training for every size fruit and vegetable producer.