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Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Gere Creek Watershed Project, will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, April 12, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Daryl Ducommun and Ramona and John Nitz farms in rural Larrabee.

Deciding how much to pay for a bull is no easy task, but knowing which factors to consider can help producers feel more confident in the decision-making process, says Patrick Gunn, a cow-calf specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Cattle producers might benefit from using different forage harvest practices such as baleage, and the new publication, "Making the Switch to Baleage," could help, says Patrick Gunn, a cow-calf specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Strawberries are well suited for any home garden. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring is one of the best times to plant strawberries in Iowa and knowing when to plant and how to grow and maintain the strawberries is key to producing a successful crop. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give tips and suggestions on planting, growing and maintaining strawberries in Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hagie Manufacturing and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day on Wednesday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is March 27 through April 2. County offices will host activities to acknowledge the many ways they build a strong Iowa. They also will be tagging and sharing #StrongIowa examples on social media and encouraging volunteers, partners and friends to do so as well.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has hired four youth program specialists to work with the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program. They’ll work with 4-H staff and volunteers to empower youth as contributors and leaders in their communities

Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching.

Livestock producers will receive information from ISU Extension and Outreach on adding cover crops to annual livestock forage plans during an April 14 meeting in Mount Pleasant.

Iowa youth in grades 8-11 can explore their heritage and move towards community leadership by attending  two culturally-based youth leadership accelerators.

A trio of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will hold educational and how-to sessions as part of the Siouxland Garden Show, April 1-3 at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is looking for Master Gardener volunteers to assist with growing and harvesting fresh produce that will be given to local food banks.

Brenda Schmitt, Virgil Schmitt and the Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks team, all with ISU Extension and Outreach, were honored and recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty at the annual Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards breakfast March 10.

The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s honor society, recognized three Friends of Extension and five ISU Extension and Outreach staff members from across the state  during Epsilon Sigma Phi’s annual awards ceremony March 8 at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 11 Midwestern states.

Standing in front of a mass of tangled grapevines and wondering what to do can be a scary experience for the novice or even the more experienced gardener. Pruning grapes becomes easier after understanding the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine.

Children aren’t born knowing how to be kind or compassionate. However, these virtues can be taught, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Research suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention and has no negative effect on yield.