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Research shows that people who choose simpler lifestyles, nurture meaningful relationships and have a connection to nature are happier and healthier. This is the focus behind a new blog recently launched by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Farm lighting systems should be designed to meet minimum lighting requirements in a manner that is both energy efficient and cost effective. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach addresses minimum illumination levels for various production agriculture settings.

The Iowa 4-H program, in partnership with the Iowa 4-H Foundation, is celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 2-8, with the launch of Iowa 4-H History by County, a new blog detailing the history of Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development.

Theodore Hutchcroft, originally of Mediapolis, Iowa, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 for his lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

In an ongoing effort to help Iowa’s city clerks and finance officers prepare for the fiscal year budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) and the Iowa League of Cities are holding budget workshops throughout the state in November and December.

Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating 4-H youth who have made an impact on Iowa communities. In many Iowa counties, county 4-H programs are hosting celebrations and inviting youth to learn about and enroll in 4-H.

“Out to the Lakes” is a provocative and engaging film that encourages viewers to think about water quality and their personal relationship with their local lake or water body.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has recently released a publication that complements existing extension manure management resources. How to Interpret Your Manure Analysis, PM 3014, explains the value of manure sample analyses that indicate nutrient concentrations.

Women farmers and ranchers wanting to learn more about transition planning will benefit from a program that recently received USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Annie’s Project proposal, Farm Transition and Business Management Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, was awarded $675,750 for curriculum development and delivery of courses.

Parents need to know what their kids are watching on television and steer them toward the “good stuff.” The trick is determining what the good stuff is. That’s the topic of this month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Several popular potted plants will bloom, if cared for properly, during the Christmas season. Iowa State University Extension horticulturists explain the steps to take from early October through November to ensure blooms in December.

In 2011 Ernst & Young began partnering with Biz Kid$, a national financial education television series about kids, money and business, to provide educational materials for its EY Connect Day program. Soon a search for kid-focused budgeting activities led Biz Kid$ to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

As harvest begins around the state, farmers are encouraged to be aware of the potential for development of molds and fungus in corn.

Members of the Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management Extension and Outreach team visited the Clay County Fair, showing off maple syrup production, Blanding's turtles and fishing skills.

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.