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More than 151,000 Iowans claimed Hispanic or Latino origin on the 2010 census questionnaire. This is the largest minority group in the state at 5 percent, as detailed in the Iowa State University Extension report “Race and Hispanic Origin in Iowa’s Counties, 1980-2010.”

Iowa Learning Farms and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are hosting a bus tour of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) wetlands in Kossuth County on Tuesday, June 28. The tour will include stops at two completed CREP wetland sites east of Algona.

College students and graduates who have had experiences with cooperatives see them as a way to gain valuable work experiences, scholarships and the means to addressing community needs. Student involvement in cooperatives is one aspect of the eXtension.org website containing educational materials about cooperatives.

Home gardeners can protect one of the most valuable assets in a landscape by identifying tree diseases and taking steps to properly manage the diseases.

The Fayette County Senior Dairy Quiz Bowl Team placed first in the annual 4-H Youth Dairy Quiz Bowl, held June 14 at the Starmont High School in Arlington. The team will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Ky., in November. Teams from Delaware and Dubuque counties also placed in the event.

Learn how to identify beneficial insects and the native plants that attract them during this Aug. 4 workshop.

A series of Worker Protection Standard (WPS) self-inspection checklists is now available to assist agricultural employers, pesticide dealers and growers to ensure compliance with WPS.

In communities across the country, people are working together through cooperatives to get the things they need – cooperatives bring people together to improve their quality of life and financial well-being.

 

Iowa farm women are sharing their experiences in central Africa, where 80 percent of the farming is done by women. This collaboration was developed by a farmer-to-farmer project through Iowa State University Extension with cooperation from a Ugandan nonprofit organization.

An estimated 1,800 gallons of water runs off a 30 x 96 foot high tunnel with each inch of rain. ISU Extension demonstrates a system to collect the rain water and store it for reuse on the crops in the high tunnel.

Landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with an interest in farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements should plan to attend one of more than 50 farmland leasing meetings scheduled for July and August. The workshops are facilitated by ISU Extension farm management specialists and held all across the state.

Many farm facilities use incandescent bulbs in a variety of settings, but the upcoming phase-out of incandescents among U.S. retailers demands consideration of energy efficient lighting alternatives. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension compares some of the indoor and outdoor lighting options and their features.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) are hosting a bus tour of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) wetlands in Dallas County on Thursday, June 23, from 9-11 a.m.

The June 22 field day in Muscatine County will include a discussion about strip-tillage crop management as well as tractor fuel saving tips. The Lil’ Conservation Station— a portable rainfall simulator-- will demonstrate the effects of rainfall on different soil surface scenarios.

The strawberry is the most popular small fruit grown in the home garden. It is relatively easy to grow, produces large quantities of fruit high in vitamin C without requiring extra equipment and can be grown in home gardens all over Iowa. Learn when to harvest and how to manage pests and diseases.

The June 17 field day in Palo Alto County will include discussion of cover crop management, strip-tillage and tractor fuel saving tips.The event also includes a walking field tour of corn planted into fall 2010 aerial-seeded winter rye.

Children may have many different reactions to a flood or other disaster, says Lesia Oesterreich, a family life state specialist with Iowa State University Extension. But parents can help their children cope.

Iowa Learning Farms and Key Cooperative will co-sponsor a strip-tillage field day at the Mike Hermanson farm and at Key Co-op S14 Office strip-till plots in northern Story County on Tuesday, June 21, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ June 15 webinar will feature Iowa State University Assistant Professor Michelle Soupir, who will talk about the fate and transport of pathogens from agricultural landscapes.