Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. Harvest is progressing rapidly in many parts of the state and officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said that waiting can help reduce nitrogen loss and better protects the environment.

Collaborations marked efforts to increase the number of monarch butterflies as the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium got underway this year.

ISU Extension and Outreach will use grant funds received from the USDA to develop and implement programs that support beginning and retiring farmers and military veterans interested in farming.

The Iowa State University Athletic Field Short Course will take place Nov. 3 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course will kick off at Reiman Gardens at 1407 University Blvd. in Ames.

The 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 22-23 at the University of Iowa. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

4-H started with a seed of an idea and has grown into one of the premier K-12 programs in Iowa and in the nation. 4-H Youth Development strives to empower the next generation, because true leaders aren’t born, they’re grown.


Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 – 6 p.m. on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier.

The Ag Decision Maker website has updated information on various types of leases and forms to make farm lease negotiations easier for farmers and renters.

Evergreen trees are built to survive the cold weather, but they still need care and preventive measures during the colder months of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to help evergreens survive winter.

Workshops for commercial fruit and vegetable producers interested in or having just built a high tunnel are scheduled for this fall.

The Central Iowa Tourism Region recently partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to provide training throughout central Iowa on the importance of tourism and ways tourism-related industries can improve the customer experience for tourists.

The "Women Managing Cattle" series is designed for women cattle operators who want to learn more about marketing strategies, cattle management and managing land and water resources.

The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenters are Rosalyn Lehman with Iowa Rivers Revival and Nate Hoogeveen with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Iowa Master Gardener trainees will meet Iowa State faculty, staff and students when they come to the Iowa State campus for educational sessions and tours of the horticulture department.

Part of living in Iowa is dealing with winter and its effects on landscapes. That means taking precautions to ensure that certain plants can survive winter’s harsh blast by overwintering them.

The new Engaged Scholarship Funding Program from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach encourages faculty and staff to turn their research into educational programs to improve Iowans' lives.

With continued support from the Leopold Center, the Local Foods Program is moving under the umbrella of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beginning this week.

The annual Dairy Sheep Association of North American Symposium will focus on industry standards, the latest dairy management ideas and farmstead cheese production.

Latino store owners in Perry are learning how to make healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate foods more accessible, thanks to the Dallas County Healthy Corner Store Initiative.