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Veterinarians who work with beef  cattle are invited to sharpen their skills and learn the latest information on a variety of topics at a May 18 workshop at the ISU McNay Research Farm.

Arbor Day April 29 is a reminder of the importance of trees in our landscape, and this week Iowa State experts provide tree planting instructions and tell how to care for newly planted trees.

Volunteer shooting sports instructors from throughout the United States will come to Central Iowa for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop May 15-20. Registration is open to current adult volunteers in state 4-H shooting sports programs.

Besides providing a summer getaway and fun for youth, the Iowa 4-H Center offers leadership experience opportunities through counselor-in-training camps and a new Leadership Camp for 15-year-olds.

Spring sessions of “Smart investing @ your library®” are beginning in 25 rural libraries throughout the state. The courses promote investor education resources and programming and are offered through a collaboration of the State Library of Iowa, the Ames Public Library and Iowa State University Extension.

As Iowa's spring and summer storms break and scatter tree branches and limbs, homeowners should know that some tree species are more susceptible to storm damage than others. Age and prior care of the tree are also factors contributing to the extent of damage caused by strong winds.

One sure sign that spring has truly arrived is the bright yellow flowers of the forsythia. This week Iowa State University Extension garden experts have answers to questions about this deciduous shrub native to China, Korea and Europe.

“Storm Recovery Guide,” from ISU Extension, covers a range of topics, from salvaging belongings and restoring damaged buildings to documenting losses and handling stress.

Matt Helmers, ISU Extension water resources engineer, will talk about in-field nitrogen management and drainage design, and its impact downstream during a noontime webinar April 20.

In Johnson County, 4-H has offered mentoring services through an affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) for 30 years. This year, Johnson County 4-H developed a program that combines the one-to-one mentoring of BBBS and the club community activities of 4-H into one program.

Current Issues in Nutrition will address the rationale behind the new lower sodium recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. The two-part online conference from Iowa State also will examine the implications for the general public, health care professionals and the food industry.
 

Three publications from Iowa State University Extension aim to help educate and instruct land stewards on the proper and safe methods for carrying out a prescribed burn, a useful tool to achieve specific land management goals and objectives.

This week, ISU Extension horticulturists address lawn questions about pre-emergent herbicide use, mowing recommendations and control of violets.

The Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is May 11 at Iowa State University. The conference will provide updated information for farm managers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers, lenders and others who have an interest in Iowa farmland.
 

Iowa State University Extension is one of four state cooperative extension services that together will develop and run the People’s Garden School Pilot Program. It will serve an estimated 2,800 students attending 70 elementary schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas.

This June and July, the Iowa 4-H Center offers specialty camps designed for true outdoor lovers. Youth ages 14-18 may take a Wilderness Canoe Trek, Backpack Trek or Horsepacking Trek through the rugged trails of places like Minnesota and Michigan.

ISU Extension's corn production team has completed a new publication, “Corn Growth and Development," that replaces “How a Corn Plant Develops" — the standard reference on corn growth and development for more than 40 years.
 

Filmmaking, robotics, cooking and fashion design challenges await young Iowans during 4-H events at the Iowa State Fair. Iowa teens and pre-teens may apply now to participate in these events.

Although schools have begun to learn how to prevent bullying, new technology has given children new ways to bully – sometimes called cyberbullying. Iowa State University Extension is taking a closer look at cyberbullying in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.