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Several common disease problems can damage a rose’s natural beauty. Disease organisms can cause unsightly leaves, reduced flower production and result in the death of leaves or even the entire plant. Follow these tips to keep roses healthy and protected from these diseases.

Adults often avoid talking about race with children, but young people notice similarities and differences among people. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to discuss the subject of race with their children -- even young ones, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist says.

The International Master Gardener Conference Sept. 22–25 has the theme “Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland” and will explore ways to introduce plants and animals native to the Midwest into home gardens.

Iowa teachers and other educators are invited to “Take a Jump into Financial Literacy” July 16 at the 15th Annual Conference for Personal Financial Literacy sponsored by Iowa Jump$tart. The free conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC in Ankeny.

Delaware County’s Senior Dairy Quiz Bowl Team, Delaware #1, placed first in the annual 4-H Youth Dairy Quiz Bowl, held June 10 at the Starmont High School in Arlington. The team will represent Iowa 4 H at the National 4 H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Ky., in November.

Azaleas and rhododendrons are spectacular flowering shrubs that can brighten any yard or garden. Even though there are many species of azaleas and rhododendrons, only a small number can successfully be grown in Iowa. Here are some tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showing what steps to take to ensure successfully grown azaleas and rhododendrons.

A total of 152 4-H youth from 55 counties completed written applications and face-to-face interviews for the state-level 4-H award opportunity this year. The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the STRIPS project and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a field day on Tuesday, June 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Donna Buell farm, rural Holstein.

Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall at a local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Davenport and central rural Davis County, bringing the total of confirmed counties to 24 since it was first detected in Iowa back in 2010. This insect  kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

Muscatine Island Research Farm hosts field day and annual meeting June 23.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the STRIPS project and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a field day on Thursday, June 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dick and Diana Sloan farm, rural Rowley.

Classes are over, swimming pools are open and summer sports leagues are in full swing. But summer vacation from school doesn’t have to be a vacation from learning, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

A June-bearing strawberry planting can be productive for several years if the bed is given the right care. These tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach help keep June-bearing strawberry plantings productive for many years.

Anyone may attend Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms summer field days that begin June 23 with a focus on crop production topics.

The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for June will be Wednesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Sarah Carlson, who will talk about the latest work on cover crops.

For 14 years, Teen Line has given Iowa teens a place to get their questions answered with reliable and research-based information through anonymous phone calls or online chats. Teen Line answers questions ranging from health and wellness to relationships to sexually transmitted diseases. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A new grazing education and networking program intended for young and beginning graziers will be offered this summer and fall by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the STRIPS project and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host a field day Tuesday, June 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, rural Chariton.