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Calling all campers, aged 14 to 18. The Iowa 4-H Center plans to host two wilderness trips this summer, says Abbie Parker, program specialist at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.

Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about pig health and growth numbers, and get updates on ventilation management and disease research projects at the 2012 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for March 6-9.

Home gardeners can chose from a variety of sizes, shapes and colors when growing tomato plants. ISU Extension horticulturists share information about tomato varieties that growers can use in selecting tomatoes.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will address crop insurance and marketing decisions for farmers during a one-hour webinar Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ Feb. 15 webinar will feature Chad Hart, an economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Hart will discuss sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy for the Central U.S.

Adults need to adapt healthier lifestyles and be role models for kids if Iowa is going to be the healthiest state in the nation, says Ruth Litchfield, an Iowa State University associate professor and state nutrition extension specialist.

When it comes to temperament, some kids are as dependable as pickup trucks, while others are as touchy as high-end sports cars. This month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines the “engine” that drives a child and how parents can manage spirited children.

One food with the potential to include all the food groups is pizza. But can this well-loved entree that is notoriously high in fat, sodium and carbohydrates fit on MyPlate? Yes it can, with a few modifications,says an ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

The third annual Iowa 4-H Gala includes food, entertainment and a variety of opportunities to support the Iowa 4-H program statewide and at the club level. Registration is open now for the Feb. 25 event at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the new version of the plant hardiness zone map this week — the first update since 1990. Much of Iowa now is considered Zone 5.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach supports Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a program that provides free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income Iowans. ISU Extension and Outreach works with local partners to recruit and train volunteers and provide technical support for VITA sites in 42 rural counties.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program.

“Evaluating Your Estate Plan” is a one-day Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop that will be held at five Iowa locations during February. The workshop will provide farm families and others with information about estate planning options.

Selecting seeds is one of the first steps in planting a home garden – along with preparing the seedbed and deciding when to plant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information that will guide gardeners as they select vegetable seeds.

The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm will hold its association annual meeting and an educational program on March 8 at the Duncan Hall in Duncan Iowa. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 2 p.m.; lunch will be provided.

“When we love the place where we live, we take better care of it,” said Kristi Cooper, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She will discuss how to develop a sense of place and build communities that connect people with nature during the Virtual Eco Family Conference on Feb. 2.

Results of crop production research conducted at Iowa State University Northwest Research Farm (NWRF) located near Sutherland will be shared during a program for corn and soybean producers on Thursday, Feb. 2 in Spencer, Iowa.

Cherry trees can be grown in Iowa, though some are not reliably hardy in all parts of Iowa. The trees produce beautiful white flowers in early spring and are a popular choice for edible landscapes. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists tell how to select and plant cherry trees in Iowa.

The 2012 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 10 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. One of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation, it  will cover a wide range of forestry and wildlife topics including timber marketing in today’s economy.