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The first Northwest Iowa 4-H Golf Benefit will be held Friday, June 22, at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park. This event benefits Iowa 4-H youth programs throughout the state.

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the red, white, pink, lilac, and purple bee balm tubular flowers. Bee balms perform best in full sun, but there is more to know when it comes to caring for these plants in the home garden.

Registered dietitians have a new source for continuing education on safe food preservation. Preserve the Taste of Summer, a research-based program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has been approved for up to 20 continuing education units from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Across the state of Iowa, plans are under way to select 18 rural libraries to host the Smart investing @ your library program.

A field day highlighting Iowa State University fruit and vegetable research is planned for July 23 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. Organizers say the field day will be of interest to commercial producers, small-scale growers, master gardeners and home gardeners.

Youth can have fun in the garden and the kitchen during the Immersion in Wellness camp experience at the Iowa 4-H Center this summer.

A three-day trip to locations in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri offers Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations, and visit with successful producers and cutting edge researchers.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering an opportunity to learn about the people and culture of Guatemala. A nine-day travel seminar to Guatemala in January provides comprehensive learning about Guatemalan life, culture, history and sustainability.
 

The film “Out to the Lakes” recently received awards of achievement in the documentary and educational production categories and an award of excellence in music from the Iowa Motion Picture Association. The Iowa Learning Farms film encourages viewers to think about water quality and their personal relationship with their local lake or water body.

The Dubuque County Senior Dairy Quiz Bowl Team placed first in the annual 4-H Youth Dairy Quiz Bowl June 6. The team will represent Iowa 4-H at the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Ky., in November.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Dana Norby farm near Osage, Iowa, on Thursday, June 21, beginning at 11 a.m. The field day will focus on no-till and strip-till conservation farming for optimum results.

The daylong educational opportunity designed specifically for pork producers is set for June 28 on the Iowa State campus, and features practical information on a variety of topics that can be applied on the farm.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Barry Kusel farm near Manning, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The field day will focus on no-till conservation farming and cover crop management for optimum results.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Mark Mueller farm near Waverly, Iowa, on Thursday, June 14, beginning at 11 a.m. The field day will focus on no-till conservation farming and crop residue management for optimum results.

Mulches are commonly used to enhance the beauty of landscapes, suppress weeds, conserve soil moisture and buffer plants from the damaging effects of traffic and lawn equipment. ISU horticulture specialists answer specific questions about using mulch.

When children learn something well the first time, even if they do forget, relearning is easier. This month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines how children learn and how teachers and parents can adapt teaching to fit learning and memory. It’s the final long-form podcast in the series.
 

Managing swine farrowing facilities to maintain a thermally comfortable environment for both sows and piglets is challenging. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explains how using localized heating to create a microclimate for piglets can reduce mortality rates and overall energy consumption.

Understand what is going on in the strawberry patch. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have answers to questions about strawberry pests and diseases.

Iowa Learning Farms and the Hewitt Creek Watershed Improvement Association are hosting a field day June 8 at the Al Wente denitrifying bioreactor site located at 26723 New Vienna Road, Farley, Iowa. The field day will focus on best-management practices to reduce nitrate fertilizer losses from farm fields. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.