Articles

The early bird discount for registration for the Iowa 4-H Center summer camp sessions is open now until April 1, says Abbie Parker, program specialist at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.

Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.

People who need to recertify as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors and those interested in becoming certified for the first time are invited to an upcoming joint session April 19 at Iowa State University.

Getting more cover crops on Iowa farmland faces substantial challenges, despite the potential environmental and agronomic benefits, according to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. A new report based on data from the 2010 poll, Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers, is now available for free download from the ISU Extension and Outreach Online Store.

Raspberries are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about raspberry varieties, planting sites and times, as well as growing blackberries in Iowa.

ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialist Mark Storlie is offering a workshop on the latest version of Group Tracker, a Microsoft Excel-based software program that compiles production data into summary reports to better define business and production parameters.

Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference March 24-29 in Chevy Chase, Md. Kayla Krull, Northwood; Abigail Peterson, Harcourt; Amy Prestholt, Manly; and Savannah Ruby, Greenfield, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program.

Ten counties have added their 4-H history to Iowa 4-H History by County. The history blog is a partnership of the Iowa 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Historical information is available for Audubon, Boone, Davis, Dubuque, Harrison, Kossuth, Marion, Polk, Scott and Woodbury counties.

Iowans are invited to join the conversation on MoneyTip$, a new blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The blog offers posts from ISU Extension and Outreach family finance specialists on topics such as long-term goals, day-to-day financial decisions, managing credit and getting ahead.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a cover crop field day at the Joe Kriegel farm near Malcom, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a series of cover crop management field days at the five Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms across the state between March 28 and April 5, 2012.

Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills, a course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is designed for volunteers, clergy and others working in nonprofit groups and organizations who assist people with financial management concerns. The next course begins in April at five locations in Iowa.

Soil is a complex living system made up of minerals, organic materials, water and air. Physical properties such as soil texture (soil particle size) and soil structure (how particles are held together) determine air and water movement which in turn affects plant growth.

For the first time in several years, the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University (ISU) are sponsoring a daylong educational opportunity specifically for pork producers. Iowa Swine Day is set for June 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ISU campus and features practical information on a variety of topics that can be applied on the farm.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is thanking partners across the state and promoting its educational programs during a statewide celebration this month. ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 25-31, includes activities both on the Iowa State campus, as well as at county offices.

Few things are more enjoyable for homeowners than going out the back door to pick ripe juicy fruit from a tree. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about selecting pear, plum and apricot varieties.

Nick Howell, ISU Horticulture Research Station superintendent and a former student of Buck’s, continues the strong tradition of rose research at Iowa State. Earth-Kind® trials are helping identify the most consistently beautiful, low-care, pest tolerant roses for our region. Howell's website www.extension.iastate.edu/earthkind has information about Earth-Kind trials, Iowa State research and Buck roses.

Spring arrives at the 2012 Siouxland Garden Show on March 16-17 at the Marina Center, South Sioux City, Neb. The sixth annual Siouxland Garden Show is an extravaganza of nearly 50 inspiring displays and exhibits showcasing innovative items, 29 educational seminars and how-to sessions, plus, face-to-face consultation with top experts.

"Tips and Tricks of Vegetable Transplant Production" is a workshop for gardeners, small scale and hoop vegetable producers and greenhouse growers. It will be held Saturday, April 7, at Horticulture Hall on the Iowa State campus in Ames.