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The 12th Annual Drainage Research Forum will be held Nov. 22 at the Arrowwood Conference Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the program runs from 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m., sponsored by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University.

Composting enables gardeners to dispose of large quantities of leaves and clippings in an efficient and cost-effective way, but can they also be used for mulch? ISU Extension horticulturists share ways to use fallen tree leaves.

The 11th Annual Iowa Organic Conference, to be held Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State campus, will offer many educational opportunities for those interested in organic agriculture research and practical applications for farming systems.

Registration is open for Rural YES (Young Entrepreneur Summit) Nov. 9 in Ames. Summit sponsors include the Community Vitality Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the U.S. Small Business Administration and USDA Rural Development.

Cerro Gordo, Howard, Johnson and Webster counties have added their 4-H history to Iowa 4-H History by County, a new blog detailing the history of Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. The history blog is a partnership of the Iowa 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
 

Parents, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your toddler could be watching too much television. A new policy report from the AAP says there are better ways to help children learn at this young age.

There’s a reason that kids act like zombies sometimes, and it’s all in their brains. Children’s brains keep changing from birth through the teen years and into early adulthood. Learn how parents can help those young brains develop — listen to this month’s Science of Parenting podcast.
 

The Iowa Soybean Association pledges $148,000 over the next four years to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The contribution will be used to develop a cross-country adventure race at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau are bringing an online market simulation game to central Iowa. Iowa Commodity Challenge gives players an opportunity to learn firsthand how to improve strategies to sell cash corn and soybeans.

The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 on the Iowa State campus. Conference attendees can choose from 34 different workshops that offer the latest information on crop production and protection technology in Iowa and surrounding states.

As temperatures move closer to freezing and below, remember the sweet, delicious June strawberries from your garden and take time to protect the plants – and next season’s crop. Just like many people, strawberry plants don’t like to feel those colder temperatures.

Andrew Lenssen joined Iowa State University on Oct. 1 as a soybean systems agronomist with teaching, research and extension responsibilities. Lenssen comes to Iowa State from Sidney, Mont., where he was a research ecologist and lead scientist for USDA dryland research.

Take some time to visit the 4-H Camera Corps’ exhibition, "Rural Iowa Architecture." Fifty photos of rural Iowa architecture taken by 4-H boys and girls are on display at the St. Mark Lutheran Church gallery in West Des Moines.

Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners interested in expanding into commercial production and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel production at a Dec. 7 workshop in Dallas Center, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

We enjoy the blooms and fragrances of many types of roses during the summer. But some varieties of roses are not reliably winter hardy in Iowa. Iowa State University Extension horticulturists offer tips to protect roses and increase their chances of surviving Iowa's harsh winter weather.

 

People who attend Iowa State University (ISU) football games and who also are interested in beef research have a unique opportunity awaiting them on the date of the final home ISU football game on Nov. 18. ISU’s Iowa Beef Center and beef nutrition faculty and staff are planning the “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase” beginning that morning.

The final Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisor Certification session in 2011 offered by the Iowa Pork Industry Center will be held Nov. 15. Applications are due Nov. 8.

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms will co-sponsor a field day at Gustafson Farms near Boone on Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. During the field day, participants will see an aerial seeding demonstration, talk to the pilot and check out recently planted plots of drilled oats and aerially seeded winter rye cover crops.

As more Iowans take up gardening and pay attention to local foods, they also are showing a growing interest in safe food preservation. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two workshops in November as part of Preserve the Taste of Summer, a new food preservation program. Learn safe preservation methods for jams, jellies, fruit preserves, dehydrating and pickles.