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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.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has long been deeply involved in science technology education. Another example of this involvement is the Governor's STEM Initiative Scale-Up Grant Program PEERS: Partnership for Engineering Educational Resources for Schools.

Lawn mowing is the most time consuming practice related to lawn care – but when done properly mowing plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy, sustainable lawn. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer lawn mowing questions.

Youth can register now for the fourth annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. 

Stuart McCulloh became the program coordinator at the Field Extension Education Laboratory on May 13. As FEEL program coordinator, he will work with extension faculty and researchers who have demonstration plots and conduct educational programs at the research facility. He also will coordinate educational opportunities for agri-business clients.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Farm near Otho on Wednesday, June 12, from 4–6 p.m. The field day will feature a variety of conservation topics as visitors tour the farm.

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 policies. Beginning June 1, corn producers with unplanted acres have three choices.

To help Iowans improve their financial future, ISU Extension and Outreach offers an online class, “Your Money Your Future,” the first Monday of each month. The next class is June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.