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PorkBridge,a distance education series operating through the collaboration of 11 land-grant universities, begins the 2011-2012 season June 30. PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities.

The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance, including the mowing, watering, fertilizing and grub control.

The 2011 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 19 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. The 18-hole best ball tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course.

Five of the horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship in Ogden, Utah, on April 29 to May 8, are located at stables in Iowa. The good news is that there are no reports of clinical disease in any of these horses in Iowa.

Two popular publications from The Science of Parenting are now available in Spanish. “Video Games and Other Media: Pros and Cons” and “Obesity and Overuse of Electronic Media” are available online at the ISU Extension Online Store in both English and Spanish versions.

Managing mono-slope barns to improve air quality and cattle performance will be featured at an open house on June 22. The open house will be at the Ron and Clayton Christensen barn near Royal, Iowa, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Iowans wondering about getting into aquaculture as a business, those with concerns about their ponds and others who want to know more about Iowa's waterways or fish can now contact Allen Pattillo, the ISU Extension aquaculture and fisheries specialist.

Iowa State University Extension offers a publication, “Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases,” that focuses on the three ticks species that commonly attack humans: American dog ticks, lone star ticks and blacklegged (deer) ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease.

Twelve Iowa high school students are participating in a summer trip to China, part of a program designed to help Iowa youth gain the necessary international knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the new global economy.

Iowa 4-H'ers are using GIS-equipped mobile phones to map a bur oak savannah in the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The 4-H’ers are one of four teams in four states that are carrying out GIS mapping with national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries or other ecological services offices.

The results of an “Extreme Cabin Makeover” will be on display June 2 at the Iowa 4-H Center. The public is invited to an open house to see the cabins and the fun opportunities for campers this summer.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a cover crop field day at the Rob Stout farm in Washington County on Wednesday, June 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The newly redesigned Visit Iowa Farms website features detailed descriptions of Iowa farms and the ability to map out locations of interest in a select area.

This week Iowa State University Extension garden experts respond to common questions related to growing and caring for blueberries.

A July 6-8 trip to southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska offers Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations and visit with successful producers and cutting edge researchers. Stops include the Armstrong Research Farm in Cass County, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) near Clay Center, Neb.

Iowa middle and high school teachers have until June 1 to register for training in the Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) program, a nationally recognized financial literacy curriculum. The workshop is set for July 13-15 at Iowa State University.
 

Livestock producers now have access to a new tool that can help them lower air emissions and increase their air emissions knowledge. The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool is a method for determining where air-quality improvement opportunities exist on farms.

After tornadoes, floods and other disasters, Iowans wonder what, if anything, they can salvage when they return to their homes. So they’re asking the professional family and consumer scientists at Iowa State University Extension’s Answer Line, 800-262-3804. Here are a few of Iowans’ disaster-related questions and Answer Line’s answers.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation’s website has unveiled a new look. The new site features detailed descriptions of outright and planned giving opportunities, as well as online registration for foundation events and a 4-H alumni directory.