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Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition through a five-session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” program, a new Annie’s Project course, is being offered in Jefferson on Thursday evenings, Feb. 21 – March 21.

Many farmers appear to believe that farmland is overvalued and eventually the market bubble will burst, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Iowans can beat the mid-winter blues with the Eco Family Virtual Conference. Families can save money on household expenses, spend quality time together and live green in 2013 by participating in the conference, said Kristi Cooper, conference organizer and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The 4-State Beef Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, at six locations, including two in Iowa — the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis or Southwest Iowa Community College in Creston.

Ag Decision Maker, one of the most visited Iowa State University Extension and Outreach websites, has a new look. The decision-oriented agricultural business website now showcases new and emerging issues within farm management.

Equine business professionals can connect with land-grant universities, equine business experts, networking opportunities and other invaluable resources by participating in the new, online Equine Business Short Course series. The series is offered at no charge.

The Master Equine Manager Program is offering a functional anatomy workshop for equine owners and professionals that is centered around a guided dissection of a horse.

Nine Iowa locations are offering the Annie's Project course this winter. The educational program is dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

Feed efficiency is a major component in the profitability of any beef operation. That's why it’s the focus of the first day of the Driftless Region Beef Conference on Jan. 31.

Iowa State horticulturists who support Hortline (phone calls and emails) have assembled frequently asked questions on a Yard and Garden FAQs website at http://expert.hort.iastate.edu/.

Prevention is the first line of defense against houseplant insect problems, according to horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. They share nonchemical methods and appropriate pesticides for controlling houseplant insect problems.

January marks the start of a new Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge. The team-based weight loss and physical activity program is adding two new features to increase individual awareness of nutrition and physical activity behaviors and to provide research-based education on general nutrition topics.

Iowa Learning Farms continues its monthly educational webinar series into 2013 with a Jan. 16 session looking at the state's role in water quality.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau are teaming up to deliver current market and management information to Iowa livestock farmers in these challenging times. The “Managing Through Stress: A Livestock Information Event” will be held Monday, Feb.  4.

A full day of information awaits the attendees of the 2013 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Jan. 19. This year’s program focuses on topics designed to help producers recognize options and opportunities in a variety of areas based on past weather-related conditions.

Should parents spank their children? In January, family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs talk about spanking and other ways to discipline children in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Adults age 65 or older are eligible for free nutrition assessments in January. Iowa State University and Hy-Vee in Ames and Ankeny are partnering to provide these free screenings that use new measurement tools for detecting malnutrition.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators on seven different dates and locations in February.

Plant propagation is fun, easy and a good way to inexpensively increase houseplant numbers. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss plant propagation methods best suited for several common houseplants.