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A new smartphone application from the North Dakota State University Extension Service will help motorists prepare for winter weather travels. And should they get stuck in winter weather, the app provides on-the-spot assistance.

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC), a premier educational event for cow-calf producers, will offer a comprehensive package of information on Jan. 21 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $6,708 per acre, an increase of 32.5 percent from 2010, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. This is the highest percentage increase ever recorded by the Iowa State University annual survey.

Many Iowa farmers are concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture, but opinions differ about the causes and questions remain about how to address the issue, according to the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

On Jan. 18, a high tunnel production workshop will be held at the Cherokee County ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee and a Feb. 4 workshop will be at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. 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 production.

Iowa State University’s swine teaching farm started composting mortalities eight years ago in an effort to increase biosecurity practices. Swine farms manager Jay Lampe said the move was positive.

Individuals planning to take the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) exam can attend a two-day Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach course to prepare and review before taking the certification exam. The review course will be offered Jan. 9-10, 2012.

Just as there are different types of indoor plants – foliage, flowering, succulents and florist’s plants – there are different pests that can invade houseplants. ISU Extension horticulturists explain how to recognize and manage pests on houseplants.

A news conference to announce the results of the 2011 Iowa Farmland Value Survey conducted by Iowa State University is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Extension 4-H Youth Building on the ISU campus.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ December webinar, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at noon, will feature Ryan Harr, who will discuss patch-burn grazing as part of the multi-state Restoration Ecology in Working Landscapes project.
 

Need a holiday gift or an addition to a personal cookbook collection? The Healthy & Homemade cookbook from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a great resource for any family.

The Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development has partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) unit for a two-year project to develop a vision for Maquoketa’s future.

Sprigs of holly, mistletoe and poinsettias of many colors are favorites for holiday decorating. ISU Extension horticulturists explain what grows in Iowa, how they grow and a bit of the traditions behind these festive plants.

Relational aggression in children is another way of saying that kids can be mean to one another. Parents may not be able to stop this bullying, but they can help their children learn how to deal with the behavior, says Kimberly Greder, an extension specialist and associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Kids can be mean — whether on the elementary school playground or in the middle school hallway or high school cafeteria. Learn how parents can deal with this meanness, called relational aggression, in this month’s Science of Parenting podcast.

“Farming after the Flood – Farmer Perspectives and Agency Resources” will be the focus of a Dec. 14, multi-state webinar for those affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood. The webinar will be from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at more than 20 sites in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

ISU Extension specialists will share information on new practices to improve soil and water quality at workshops Dec. 16 at the Marshall County Extension office and Dec. 20 at the Carroll County Extension office.

Take a  tour of the MarketMaker website by viewing recently released videos highlighting everything MarketMaker has available. MarketMaker is an online tool connecting family shoppers with farmers and everyone in between – including restaurants and grocery stores.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 locations in Iowa, and four locations in surrounding states. Commercial manure applicators can meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements by attending.