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The 2012 Midwest Composting School will be held July 24-26 at the Iowa State Dairy Farm and Iowa State University Composting Facility.

Proper management of low-temperature grain drying equipment can reduce the energy consumed on the farm during and after corn harvest. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains the management techniques and equipment needs for low-temperature grain drying.

The 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award was presented to Hagie Manufacturing of Clarion, Iowa, by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership on May 8, in Orlando, Fla. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service nominated the company for the award.

Sponsorships and golf registrations are now being accepted for the 2012 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open. The annual event is set for Tuesday, July 24, at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years. Common peony questions are answered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists.

Every June, more than 1,000 teenagers converge on the Iowa State University campus for three days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet and community service activities. The 2012 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference is June 26-28.

According to a report from Experian Hitwise, Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the United States. Iowa 4-H recently created a 4-H page on the Pinterest website. The page has 49 boards with 96 pins.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ May 16 webinar will feature Matt Helmers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach water quality engineer. The 11:30 a.m. webinar is part of a series, hosted by ILF through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Iowa State University will serve as the north central hub for the new Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The goal of the six regional hubs is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development across Iowa.

Youth can register now for the third annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. The junior division (grades 5-8) will participate on Friday, Aug. 10 and the senior division (grades 9-12) will participate Saturday, Aug. 11.

Teams of fifth through 12th grade youth can register now for the third annual Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. During the challenge, youth have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in food preparation and knowledge of kitchen equipment, menu preparation and identification of various food Items.

Students and teachers are celebrating the end of another school year, but time away from the classroom can have a negative impact on children’s academic progress. While some children are able to maintain school learning during the summer, others can take weeks or even months to recover from summer learning loss when they go back to school in the fall.

Based upon the newly released data for 2012 Mother's Day retail sales by the National Retail Federation (NRF), Ron Prescott projects that Iowa retailers should see an increase in sales.

Spring is in the air, which also brings nesting time for Iowa’s songbirds. While many homeowners enjoy seeing and feeding the birds, it can be disconcerting for homeowners who have birds fly into glass doors or windows again and again. An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist offers suggestions for dealing with this problem.

Anyone who is involved with the rental market for Iowa farmland knows that rental rates have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices that farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2012.

Communities and youth across the state have benefitted from Reach Out Iowa, a program that empowers youth to make a difference in their communities. This year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, Iowa’s top two youth volunteers for 2012. Both De Weerd and Jorgensen were part of their local 4-H clubs, and are completing their projects with Reach Out Iowa.

A three-day, three-state beef production bus tour is planned for July 16-18. Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is working with agribusinesses to plan and host the trip through southern Iowa, northern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Proper care of roses from planting through pruning will show them off to their best advantage. To confront insect and disease problems in roses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists say to correctly identify the pest and use appropriate control measures. 

Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. The first session will be held May 24.