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Iowa high school students participated in the first Iowa State University Extension and Outreach crop scouting competition on Aug. 19. The competition coupled real-world scouting experience based on integrated pest management principles with community service.

Storing apples at home is convenient and, if done properly, can be economical. Important keys to a long storage life for home-grown apples are picking at the proper time and storing correctly.

Vehicle drivers will be encountering slow-moving agricultural equipment on Iowa roadways as harvest gets under way. When all drivers understand agricultural equipment movement and proper signage, and how to approach the equipment, roadway safety becomes a shared responsibility.

On Sept. 19 Project Recovery Iowa will end its crisis counseling and outreach services for Iowans impacted by the 2010 natural disasters. However, the Iowa Concern hotline, which answered calls for Project Recovery Iowa, will continue to operate at 800-447-1985.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is partnering with Pekin Community Schools and the Competine Creek Watershed Improvement Group for a field day of conservation activities on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Pekin Community High School.
 

Just as a sports coach improves a player’s athletic prowess, a financial coach can improve the financial stability of Iowa families. That's why ISU Extension and Outreach is offering Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills in several Iowa communities.

Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in nutritious, high quality products. This article provides information for harvesting and storing winter squash, pumpkins and gourds.

Get kids engaged in project-based learning, and they’ll learn more by creating solutions to real-world problems. That’s the topic of this month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

As Iowa students begin a new school year, many can look forward to developing better financial literacy skills along with their more traditional subjects. That’s because their teachers, who were trained in the Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) curriculum, are better equipped and confident to teach them what they need to know about financial literacy.

This year the bacterial disease Goss's Wilt was identified in the state much earlier than in previous years, prompting some concern among those whose fields previously had not been affected.

As Missouri River flood waters recede from farmland, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are jointly planning a workshop for Monday, Sept. 12 to address cropland issues. The workshop will be conducted via webinar at viewing sites in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

Iowa 4-H youth in grades 5-12 had a chance to put their culinary skills to the test, and win some prizes, with Cook This! during the Iowa State Fair. Cook This! is a food and nutrition challenge for youth in its second year.

An international conference on feed efficiency in swine, set for Nov. 8-9 at the Hilton Hotel/Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., will bring experts from around the world to share their knowledge on this timely topic.

During the 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design challenge at the Iowa State Fair, nine youth teams created 11 new gowns, four teams won prizes and three of their gowns will be mass produced for the 2012 prom season.

The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance provided. September is an ideal time for many lawn maintenance practices—such as weed control.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is hosting a field day at Hickory Grove Lake, near Colo, on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-8 p.m. The field day is free, includes a complimentary dinner and the public is invited to attend.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will co-sponsor a field day and workshop at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm in Greenfield on Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. The field day includes a meal featuring locally-grown organic vegetables.

Small prairie strips growing at key points in corn and soybean fields at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are yielding more than good crops; they’re improving soil and water quality as well as creating beneficial habitat for insects and birds. Research that incorporates native prairie into working landscapes will be highlighted at a field day on  Sept. 6.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will use a $21,580 grant from The Wellmark Foundation to help revise the Chef Charles nutrition education program for older Iowans.