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People who attend Iowa State University (ISU) football games and who also are interested in beef research have a unique opportunity awaiting them on the date of the final home ISU football game on Nov. 18. ISU’s Iowa Beef Center and beef nutrition faculty and staff are planning the “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase” beginning that morning.

The final Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisor Certification session in 2011 offered by the Iowa Pork Industry Center will be held Nov. 15. Applications are due Nov. 8.

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms will co-sponsor a field day at Gustafson Farms near Boone on Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. During the field day, participants will see an aerial seeding demonstration, talk to the pilot and check out recently planted plots of drilled oats and aerially seeded winter rye cover crops.

As more Iowans take up gardening and pay attention to local foods, they also are showing a growing interest in safe food preservation. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two workshops in November as part of Preserve the Taste of Summer, a new food preservation program. Learn safe preservation methods for jams, jellies, fruit preserves, dehydrating and pickles.

Fruit and vegetable growers are invited to attend the Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Growers Symposium Friday, Dec. 2, 12–5:15 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn, 300 Third Street, Sioux City, Iowa.
 

Iowa youth are invited to join the revolution — the “4-H Revolution of Responsibility,” that is. Youth in grades 4-12 can find out more about 4-H on the Iowa 4-H website or contact their Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.

A third group of volunteers traveled to Uganda in August this year as part of the rural development program, Bridging the Gap: Increasing Competitiveness of Ugandan Women Farmers in the Marketplace. This farmer-to-farmer program pairs Iowa women farmers with eight groups of women farmers in the Kamuli District of Uganda.

Iowa youth had the opportunity to learn about wind energy with 4-H’s 2011 National Science Project, Wired for Wind. Young people across the country engaged in the engineering design process of renewable wind energy technology Oct. 5 as part of the national experiment.

Eight 4-H clubs participated in the Extreme Cabin Makeovers last spring, and now the Iowa 4-H Center is looking for more clubs to renovate cabins in a different village.

The application deadline for the 2012 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program has been extended to Friday, Dec. 1. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000, existing transportation-related issues, and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

Mark Hanna, ISU Extension agricultural and biosystems engineer, will present “ISU Farm Energy: Energy Conservation and Efficiency” during the Iowa Learning Farms’ October webinar, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at noon.

The Community Vitality Center (CVC) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development are partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development and other sponsors to host a Rural YES (Young Entrepreneur Summit) on Nov. 9.

Iowa State University Extension horticulturists tell when to harvest parsnips, salsify and horseradish, roots that some consider to be winter vegetables because their flavor is not fully developed until the roots have been exposed to near-freezing temperatures.

Many of Iowa’s beautiful public gardens are in the spotlight next year with the 2012 Garden Calendar, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The full-color, 12-month calendar highlights a different public garden each month with several photos and information about the garden.

A new how-to video from Iowa Learning Farms and the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) offers suggestions, tips and reminders about manure application. The 20-minute DVD, “Manure Management and Conservation,” is free from Iowa Learning Farms.

Iowa 4-H’ers have two opportunities to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), a national 4-H leadership program for high school youth, says Jeff Macomber, a 4-H youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Harvest is a prime time for fire dangers, even if the weather has not been warm and dry. Fuel sources such as leaves, stalks, husks, dust, oil and fuel are always present when harvesting fields, and so are numerous sources of ignition on farm equipment or transport vehicles including exhaust, bearings and electrical wiring.

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.