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When people start counting the “extras” they spend their money on, they’re often surprised how quickly the dollars add up. “Your Money, Your Future” workshops help participants understand their spending patterns and make changes to reach their financial goals.

Many parents think they can hide financial stress from their children, but the kids always know – and they’re worried, too. Talking together openly about family finances is a better way to lower everyone’s stress level and also teach kids about money, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Planting flowers to improve a home landscape is an excellent first step. But what happens when they don’t bloom properly – or at all? How can these problems be remedied?

Livestock producers and service providers will receive training on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index in nutrient management and manure management plans at June 2 workshop.

With a steady growth in number of growers incorporating cover crops into their production systems, ISU Extension and Outreach will host a field day May 24 to showcase results from experiments using cereal rye cultivars.

The May Iowa Learning Farm webinar will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Steven Bradbury, professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Entomology at Iowa State University.

Improving water quality is an emphasis of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. To further the efforts being made in the area, ISU Extension and Outreach is one of the founding members of the Iowa Source Water Ag Collaborative.

The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers why, despite long-term efforts from state and federal governments, land grant universities, farmer groups and others, agriculture still has soil erosion and water quality impairment issues.

Michael Witt joins ISU Extension and Outreach as a field agronomist serving western Iowa.

Native plants can give home landscapes a unique, varied look when paired with the current flora and fauna that already dot landscapes across Iowa. Which are best for specific landscapes and gardens, and how should they be treated for best results?

ISU Extension and Outreach will host a field day at One Step at a Time Gardens June 30 to highlight food safety procedures for water safety, cleaning produce and handling practices for commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

Gardeners participating in the Growing Season webinar series will learn about benefits of shade in landscape, tree problems and native garden insects.

4-H intern Rachel Wonderlich was honored at Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs Annual Award Program April 26 as an ISU Student Employee of the Year. She also has been recognized at the state, regional and national levels.

The June 17 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference will capitalize on the resurgence of silage in beef diets.

Attracting insects such as butterflies or bees is a simple process that can add beauty to any outdoor space. Extension and Outreach has resources for homeowners wanting to attract pollinators.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach turfgrass specialist Ryan Adams has written a series of five publications designed to help turfgrass managers keep their fields healthy and safe.

As diabetes becomes more widespread, including among Iowa’s rural Latino population, the need for education and prevention assistance is increasing. Sarah Francis, a human sciences state specialist in nutrition and wellness, and associate professor at Iowa State University, saw this need and created “Latinos Living Well.”

The state of Iowa will celebrate Soil and Water Conservation Week from April 24-May 1, recognizing that the abundance of our agricultural products and quality of life are dependent upon the proper use and management of soil and water resources.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published four publications to serve as guides for residential yardwork.