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Filmmaking, robotics, cooking and fashion design challenges await young Iowans during 4-H events at the Iowa State Fair. Iowa teens and pre-teens may apply now to participate in these events.

Although schools have begun to learn how to prevent bullying, new technology has given children new ways to bully – sometimes called cyberbullying. Iowa State University Extension is taking a closer look at cyberbullying in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.

ISU horticulture specialists offer expert advise on creating a sustainable home landscape and on adding a water feature to outdoor living spaces in two new publications available through ISU Extension.

This week Iowa State University Extension garden experts have answers to questions about growing strawberries in a home garden, including those from gardeners planning their first strawberry bed and those maintaining an established bed.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus® program. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will hold a training May 4.

Beginning May 24, the Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering summer webinars on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The topic this year is "Garden Natives and Invasives."

Military families and supporters gathered at the capitol in Des Moines March 24 as Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring April as the Month of the Military Child in Iowa.
 

Planted in a well-drained soil in full sun, asparagus crowns will produce spears in coming years to satisfy early summer appetites.

A new publication from Iowa State University Extension illustrates the “shift up, throttle back” technique to reduce tractor fuel consumption and related expenses.

The popular “Soybean Diseases” publication is now available as an e-book. The online reference guide features full-screen, high-resolution images of diseases that infect soybeans grown in Iowa, along with videos to assist with managing disease-related problems.

The projects, the judging, the youth conferences and the presentations in the life of a 4-H’er are valuable experiences that build more than leadership and communication skills. They also can inspire career choices and life-long interests.

Learn how sap from maple trees is turned into the sweet, pure maple syrup that everyone loves on their pancakes during an Iowa State University Forestry Extension open house.

Cathann Kress, senior policy analyst and program lead for Military Community and Family Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., will become Iowa State's next vice president for extension and outreach.
 

If growing bushels of  potatoes is on your to-do list, find out when, how and what to plant.

Focus groups will take a look at research and the outlook for organic crops in 2011.

Select Iowa high school students will have the opportunity to visit China this summer as part of the Global Youth Excellence Program. The 11-day trip includes visits to historical sites, major cities and leading corporations. The application period is now open, and closes April 29.

Sisters and student-athletes Britta and Hallie Christofferson are familiar with the challenges that college life and college sports can bring. They also know that their experiences growing up in 4-H help them meet those challenges.

The 2011 Siouxland Garden Show features 30 educational sessions presented by regional experts, nearly 50 businesses and clubs from across the greater tri-state region and free hands-on activities for children. The fifth-annual event runs Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, at the Marina Center in South Sioux City, Neb.

The workshop offers information on several aspects of cover crops, including cost-share programs for cover crop usage.