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Twenty Iowa 4-H'ers have received $500 Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarships sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Recipients are from Audubon, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, Jones, Madison, Mahaska, Montgomery, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, Wapello and West Pottawattamie counties.

Science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) interests have expanded through 4-H clubs in recent years and Iowa State University Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) wants to encourage this growth. This year, 40 4-H programs received mini-grants to use for STEM-focused activities.

Sixteen Iowa teens are beginning their terms as members of the Iowa 4-H Technology Team. They were recognized during the 4-H Youth Conference June 30.

Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie's Project, and Linda Barnes, creator of the Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture program were named Rural Champions of Change by the White House. Both innovative educators partner with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension specialists offer tips for taking care of your lawn, annuals and garden in hot weather in this week's yard and garden column. 

The first symptoms of the disease are usually found on more compacted and low areas of the field and seen on the leaves of infected plants as scattered, yellow spots between leaf veins.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is working with local agencies, media and local businesses to provide resources to families, communities and businesses dealing with the flooding in western Iowa.

The 2011 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge teams have been chosen. Thirteen teams of Iowa youths are gearing up to compete at the Iowa State Fair.

Thirteen films by Iowa teens and preteens will compete at the 2011 4-H Film Festival during the Iowa State Fair.

Producers who have lost livestock from the recent wind storms or heat may be eligible for payment through the Livestock Indemnity Program.

Forty Iowa teens are beginning their terms as members of the Iowa 4-H Youth Council. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 30.

Youth and adults “aimed for adventure” and found it at the 2011 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. This year 849 people participated in the June 28-30 conference on the Iowa State University campus.

The Marshall County extension office is hosting a July 19 crop damage meeting. ISU Extension and Centrol of Iowa agronomists, ISU Extension plant pathologist, FSA representative and crop insurance specialists will present and answer questions.

Many diseases and disorders can affect tomatoes during the growing season. Iowa State University Extension specialists describe the symptoms and management of common problems.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2012 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) have released a collaborative second edition of the Soybean Aphid Field Guide. The guide’s authors are Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension entomologist, and Matt O’Neal, ISU research entomologist. 

The 2011 Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge teams have been chosen. Twenty-four teams of Iowa youths are gearing up to compete in the kitchen at the Iowa State Fair.

Teams for the 2011 Stitch This! 4-H Design Challenge at the Iowa State Fair have been chosen. Nine teams of Iowa teens will tear up and recreate garments that capture the theme, “America the Beautiful.”

Students who attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 28-30 learned the basics of food preparation at the Cook This! workshop with hands-on activities and a dash of fun.