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Nineteen Iowa 4-H members have received $1,000 Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement. Recipients are from Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Clinton, Dubuque, Hamilton, Hancock, Keokuk, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Sioux, Union, Wapello, Washington and Worth counties.

Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners interested in expanding into commercial production and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel construction and production at an Aug. 8-9 workshop in Packwood sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

A field of 116 golfers braved the 113-degree heat index to raise more than $55,000 for Iowa 4-H’ers during the 15th Annual ‘Going for the Green’ 4-H Golf Benefit.

The 2011 Greenhorn Grazing series offered in the Corning area has three segments remaining. Organizer Joe Sellers said that while these individual classes will build on the sessions held in May and June, the topics also will be of interest to new participants. Sessions are set for Aug. 25, Sept.15 and Nov.15.

Iowa State University Extension specialists offer tips for harvesting and storing potatoes, as well as dealing with spuds that are green or knobby.

Since 2009, youth groups in the Sioux City, Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Winterset and Marshalltown areas have participated in many successful service learning initiatives through the Reach Out Iowa program. A goal of the program is that adults in these communities see the value that hard working and creative youth can bring when addressing complex community issues.

Beef producers who attended a recent series of pasture management meetings in southern Iowa learned of the importance of timely and careful stockpiling of fescue pastures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Beef Center (IBC) sponsored the meetings that focused on fescue management.

Twenty Iowa 4-H'ers have received $500 Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarships sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Recipients are from Audubon, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clayton, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, Jones, Madison, Mahaska, Montgomery, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, Wapello and West Pottawattamie counties.

Science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) interests have expanded through 4-H clubs in recent years and Iowa State University Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) wants to encourage this growth. This year, 40 4-H programs received mini-grants to use for STEM-focused activities.

Sixteen Iowa teens are beginning their terms as members of the Iowa 4-H Technology Team. They were recognized during the 4-H Youth Conference June 30.

Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie's Project, and Linda Barnes, creator of the Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture program were named Rural Champions of Change by the White House. Both innovative educators partner with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension specialists offer tips for taking care of your lawn, annuals and garden in hot weather in this week's yard and garden column. 

The first symptoms of the disease are usually found on more compacted and low areas of the field and seen on the leaves of infected plants as scattered, yellow spots between leaf veins.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is working with local agencies, media and local businesses to provide resources to families, communities and businesses dealing with the flooding in western Iowa.

The 2011 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge teams have been chosen. Thirteen teams of Iowa youths are gearing up to compete at the Iowa State Fair.

Thirteen films by Iowa teens and preteens will compete at the 2011 4-H Film Festival during the Iowa State Fair.

Producers who have lost livestock from the recent wind storms or heat may be eligible for payment through the Livestock Indemnity Program.

Forty Iowa teens are beginning their terms as members of the Iowa 4-H Youth Council. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 30.

Youth and adults “aimed for adventure” and found it at the 2011 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. This year 849 people participated in the June 28-30 conference on the Iowa State University campus.