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With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.

Iowa State University is anticipating an increase in demand for its food safety training course as new state regulations take effect in Iowa this year. To meet the expected demand, specialists with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach will offer more than 100 ServSafe courses across the state.

For nearly 50 years, the swine teaching farm at Iowa State University has been helping students learn about pork production. The primary goal of the farm is to educate students about current pork production operations, and this includes student workers at the farm.

Finding the Iowa State University swine expert you need is easier with the online listing provided by Iowa Pork Industry Center. The 21-page booklet features names, photos and contact information for more than 80 faculty and staff members with swine- and/or pork-related work responsibilities.

In a single motion pruning demonstrates both the art and science of horticulture. Understanding how plants grow, why pruning is necessary and which tools to use can remove the mystery surrounding this routine practice.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in Eddyville in Wapello County, and trees in the public right-of-way in Waverly in Bremer County. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

A special value added agriculture Annie’s Project course is coming to Ames in March. The course covers five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.

Annie's Project helped Nicole Jonas write a business plan and add value to her farm business. The classes "made me realize things I needed to be doing or be doing better on Red Granite Farm and helped me focus on it as a real business,” Jonas said.

A one-day swine production seminar sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, Hubbard Feeds and Elanco will be Thursday, March 13 in Okoboji.

A cover crop workshop for commercial growers and those working with commercial growers is planned for Feb. 25 at the Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Avenue, Kalona.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a tomato grafting and pest management workshop Friday, March 28 at North East Iowa Dairy Foundation Center, Calmar.

Water Rocks! is a statewide youth water education campaign in which music is used as a primary component. Partners in the project are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center and Iowa Learning Farms.

Horse owners and enthusiasts now have an online option for learning horse management through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Master Equine Manager Program, a comprehensive educational experience that teaches the science of horse management.

The 2014 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open 18-hole best ball tournament is set for Wednesday, June 25 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

Homegrown Lifestyle  is a course for folks living on a large lot or small acreage who are interested in producing food for their own use in a way that sustains their natural environment. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering the course this spring at several Iowa locations.

Southeast Iowa vegetable producers can learn how to grow quality transplants at an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop planned for Friday, Feb. 21 in Fairfield.

Iowa MarketReady helps farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a better business strategy to succeed. This two-day training will be  March 25 and March 27 in Waterloo.

Concern over health issues in cattle that consume ergot-contaminated grain motivated Iowa Beef Center staff at Iowa State University to investigate potential issues around ergot contamination. They share what they have found.

Winter can be tough on Iowa’s trees and shrubs. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about the effect this winter’s frigid temperatures will have on fruit tree and landscape plants.