Due to an increased interest in home food preservation, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed the “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program. This program includes both online lessons and a hands-on workshop focusing on home food preservation with the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations.

Iowa youth will be preparing and tasting ethnic cuisines during the healthy living track of the state 4-H “And My World” camping experience June 21-25 at the Iowa 4-H Center. Registration is open until midnight June 1.

Dairy nutritionists, industry professionals, veterinarians and producers will hear the latest research of issues concerning the dairy industry, including feed management and behavior at the 2015 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, June 10-11.

Fairs, livestock auctions, swap meet and exotic sales will not include birds. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza.

Livestock producers wanting to maximize on their grazing practices should attend Greenhorn Grazing workshops in northeast Iowa.

The publication, Nitrogen Use in Iowa Corn Production, provides an overview of nitrogen use in regard to the soil system and corn fertilization.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists discuss rhubarb flowering and stalk condition and offer harvesting tips.

This summer approximately 1,000 teens are projected to converge on the Iowa State University campus for the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, themed Dare to Discover, June 30 through July 2.

Commercial production topics and practices will be featured at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 2015 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 10 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, near Ames.

Researchers need samples of aronia berry jams and jellys for a research project with the goal of helping the FDA establish a standard of identity for aronia berry jams and jellies.

Meet Jeff Hartwig, the ISU Swine Farms manager, and learn about his first six months in this position.

Pork producers are invited to attend June workshops focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics. ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are offering the workshops in Waverly and LeMars.

The Beef Feedlot Systems Manual has been completely revised to help producers as they consider options for expanding or adding new feedlot facilities. A spreadsheet-based calculator has been added as a decision tool.

Gardening in the shade is cool and calming. When the right palette of plants is used, it can be successful as well. Hostas aren't the only perennials that thrive in shady conditions.

Iowa 4-H alum Melissa Tabke is enjoying a great adventure while spreading the message of 4-H to a new audience in the West African nation of Ghana.

Forty percent of children usually are in a good mood and quickly adjust to new situations and routines. However, parenting these easy-going kids can be a challenge. Learn why in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Local leaders, decision-makers and nonprofit organizations can use the information in their county’s “Poverty and Food Needs” profile to better understand and address local food insecurity issues, said Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

The webinar “Protecting Iowa’s Source Water through Local Partnerships” will explore what source water is, how it is supplied and monitored, and how landowners, farm operators, local organizations and agencies can work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to improve and maintain the quality of their drinking water.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified for the first time in Polk County, making this the 22nd county in Iowa where this invasive beetle has been found.