Forty Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on July 2.

The annual fall field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm southwest of Chariton will focus on grazing opportunities, including cover crops, alfalfa plots and fescue renovation. This year’s earlier date offers more opportunity for people to see crops and grazing research in full growing mode.

Recognizing the impact rain can have on hay is important this summer with the frequent rains that challenge hay producers wanting to mow, bale and store hay.

A four-day bus trip to southwest Iowa and north central Nebraska next month will offer Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations and visit with successful producers and researchers.


Properly preparing for hot and humid weather conditions is vital to maintaining beef cattle herd health. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef veterinarian Grant Dewell has five steps to follow.

Avian influenza has increased the stress that many Iowa families are facing. Dealing with the stress from unexpected changes such as job loss or financial uncertainty can be slow and painful, but is possible, says a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

In a step-by-step approach, instructions will be offered for reading a manure test and determining how much of the crop nutrient needs can be met with manure applications.

Ten videos were produced by ISU Extension and Outreach with a goal of helping farmers figure out the intricate details of marketing and selling their crops, grain and livestock on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Cathann Kress, Iowa State University vice president for extension and outreach, has received The 2015 Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from Reclaiming Youth International and the Starr Global Learning Network. Kress joins a long list of leaders in research, policy and practice whose contributions have advanced work with children and youth.

Perennials are beautiful plants that live three or more years, die in the ground each fall and return in the spring. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify different types of perennials and planting sites where perennials can grow successfully.

Agricultural drainage water management and drainage water quality are the topics of a series of webinars recently developed by a team of extension specialists from several Upper Midwest universities. The first webinar of the series July 22 features Wright County farmer Tim Smith.

Mahdi Al-Kaisi will discuss the concept of soil health, its basic principles, factors for healthy soil and management choices that affect soil health during the regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar July 22.

The Wills Family Orchard is hosting an evening field day to showcase research projects related to establishing high-density orchards.

Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Fort Madison, bringing the number of confirmed counties in Iowa to 26. This makes Lee County the latest victim of EAB, a highly destructive insect of ash trees.

Learn about protecting drinking water, septic system maintenance, riparian buffer strips and pesticide application in the summer edition of Acreage Living Newsletter.

Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-Up shares knowledge gleaned from local foods work and research in northeast Iowa. It is one of a series describing and suggesting proven ways to further develop systems of local food distribution and sales.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and Iowa Soybean Association, will host a field day on Thursday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tom Dykstra farm, rural Eddyville.

Not all parents feel confident having “the talk” with their children — when the topic is science, technology, engineering and math. However, it’s an ongoing conversation parents and kids need to have, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Jasper County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a workshop about available conservation planning, the installation of grassed waterways and erosion control blankets along with the use of cover crops July 21 on the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Colfax.