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Last week another swine barn explosion left one person critically injured.  At this time, exact details of the incident are unknown. However, agricultural engineers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach urge all livestock producers and commercial manure applicators to use extreme caution when pumping manure.

Horse enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about equine science, care and training, and who are willing to share their knowledge and skills with others can enroll now for Master Equine Manager, Level One.

The Iowa 4-H Center is hosting its annual Make a Difference Day Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. The volunteer day for adults and youth will be held rain or shine.

A new children’s music CD from Iowa Learning Farms, “Dogs, Frogs and Nature Songs,” has just been released. The CD, with 21 songs about nature, conservation and learning, was composed, arranged and performed by Ames and Story County residents who comprise the group Joyful Hearts.

Perennials such as tuberous begonias, gladioli, cannas and dahlias will not survive our harsh winter weather outdoors and must be dug in the fall and stored indoors through the winter months.

Timothy Griesdorn is the newest addition to the family finance team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a cover crops “open house” field day with Lyon and Sioux Counties Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on Friday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited.

On Nov. 15, 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. Iowa State will host a daylong training session with an exam, part of the certification process.

To enjoy tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs, gardeners must plant them in the fall. The reward for proper planting, once varieties have been selected and bulbs purchased, will be beautiful spring gardens.

As the swine program specialist for west central and southwest Iowa, Matthew Swantek works with producers and others in the pork industry on swine nutrition programs, management practices and performance, and financial benchmarking.

When corn harvesting conditions allow optimal time for in-field drying, taking full advantage can reduce on-farm energy consumption. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the basic principles of energy management for grain drying.

Ed Cox, a fellow at the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University,  will discuss his work with the Sustainable Agricultural Land Stewardship (SALT) project during the Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) Sept. 21 webinar.

There’s something about building robots that attracts future scientists and engineers – so it’s no surprise that 13 youth teams signed up for the 2011 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Iowa State Fair.

The top 10 films by Iowa teens and preteens premiered at the 2011 4-H Film Festival during the Iowa State Fair. The young filmmakers competed for an iPad, cash and the chance for silver screen glory in the event at the 4-H Exhibits Building.  

Mary Beth Kaufman, a family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, reminds students and parents paying college expenses to keep receipts and be aware of tax benefits that can help offset college costs.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are again joining forces to present the Shimek State Forest Forestry Field Day in Lee County on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The goal of the field day is to make attendees more knowledgeable about how to manage tree resources for their many benefits.

Iowa high school students participated in the first Iowa State University Extension and Outreach crop scouting competition on Aug. 19. The competition coupled real-world scouting experience based on integrated pest management principles with community service.

Storing apples at home is convenient and, if done properly, can be economical. Important keys to a long storage life for home-grown apples are picking at the proper time and storing correctly.

Vehicle drivers will be encountering slow-moving agricultural equipment on Iowa roadways as harvest gets under way. When all drivers understand agricultural equipment movement and proper signage, and how to approach the equipment, roadway safety becomes a shared responsibility.