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To help city and county governments more easily access analyses of their financial situation, the Community and Economic Development program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has launched the Iowa Government Finance Initiative.

Many Iowa farmers believe they have identified pesticide resistance on the land they farm, and most are concerned that herbicide-resistant weeds and pesticide-resistant insects will become a problem, according to a new report from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,943 per acre—a drop in value of $773, or 8.9 percent, per acre. Land values were determined by the Iowa Land Value Survey, which was conducted in November by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.

Live, fresh-cut Christmas trees can add life and vibrancy to any home at this time of year. But they do come with some issues which should be addressed for maximum enjoyment and safety.

Acreage Living online newsletter offers timely information. In the December issue, specialists give insights on how to protect acreage landscaping and optimize home energy use during the winter.

“High Tunnel: Beyond the Basics” will be offered at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference on Jan. 29. The half-day workshop will focus on tools and equipment that measure the environment for making smarter, more informed decisions when managing summertime plant stress.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa.

When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for an Iowa State University online course claimed her attention. So she decided to participate in the course, “Transitioning to Organic Agriculture.”

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training Jan. 6 at locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Beef producers can learn about the sustainability of the beef industry and how it impacts their operation at the Driftless Region Beef Conference, Jan. 22-23, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Iowans who want to learn to make better investing decisions can register for “Smart Investing@Your Library.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering three free courses completely online, as well as face to face at some Iowa libraries.

A Master Volunteer Robotics Training session is coming to northwest Iowa for adults with a desire to lead youth in robotics experiences. This 4-H STEM opportunity is Jan. 24 in Storm Lake.

Winter is the best time to prune oak trees in Iowa, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to prune safely and smartly.

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter is Ingrid Gronstal Anderson with the University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project.

Carrying out family traditions takes effort, but these rituals make families stronger. Human sciences specialists offer tips for creating family memories during the holidays and throughout the year in the Science of Parenting blog  from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is set for Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

The Iowa County Engineers Association will bring more than 450 engineers, technicians and supervisors to Ames and Iowa State University for their 68th annual conference Dec. 9-11 at the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center.

Results of the 2014 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University will be announced at a news conference Dec. 18 at 10 a.m.