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An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant trees and shrubs that possess ornamental characteristics, such as colorful fruit or exfoliating bark. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach describe shrubs and trees that add color to the winter landscape.

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is set for Jan. 18 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

The Iowa Beef Center in partnership with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering the series “Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment” to specifically focus on management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability.

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host three meetings in January to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.

The Feedlot Forum 2014 is a day-long program Jan. 21 at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. forum features educational components on timely issues affecting northwest Iowa feedlot producers.

There is fun to be had this coming summer at camps offered through ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H program. Adventures in nature are only part of the experience young people will have at camps — they’ll also have fun, make friends and learn.

High tunnel bramble production will be offered as an educational track at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference Jan. 23-24 in Ankeny.

Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach say keeping holiday plants looking good through the holiday season and beyond is not as difficult as some might expect.

Agricultural producers applying for value-added producer grants can find resources to assist them through the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa farmers are increasingly concerned about herbicide-resistant weeds and are changing their weed management practices to deal with the issue, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 Iowa locations.

Confinement site manure applicators and those interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend one of the two-hour workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January and February 2014.

Money Talk, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help Iowans learn to plan for holiday and other spending, and improve their financial future.

Children approach their 13th birthday with excitement. They can’t wait to be teenagers. Parents, on the other hand, often see this milestone as the beginning of new worries. Learn what’s normal for teens and what parents can expect in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

The 2014 Eco Family Virtual Conference opens to participants in December, with the first online session scheduled for Jan. 2.

Identifying pests, diseases, disorders and developmental stages in Midwestern corn crops just became easier with the second edition of Iowa State University’s popular Corn Field Guide.

Nineteen 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates to the 2013 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. 

Christmas trees are grown in Iowa and all 50 states. There are approximately 100 choose and harvest farms in Iowa, where the top selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine and white pine.