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What’s the best way to thaw a frozen turkey? Is it safe to make pies and vegetable dishes a couple days before the big family gathering? And what’s the best way to deal with the leftovers? To get answers to these and other holiday food questions, call Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Answer Line, 800-262-3804.

Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists are teaming up to offer regional risk management educational seminars for producers and allied industry representatives in early December.

Four individuals, a radio station and a TV station were honored as 2011 Friends of Extension by the Iowa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary extension fraternity. The awards were presented  Nov. 3 during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach annual conference in Ames.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) Nov. 16 webinar will feature Wayne Petersen, urban conservationist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Petersen will take webinar attendees on a virtual tour of Iowa, featuring infiltration-based stormwater management practices in many of Iowa’s communities.

A drainage workshop planned for Dec. 15 will examine various aspects of farmland drainage, according to Iowa State University engineers who will conduct the workshop. The 2011 Farmland Drainage Workshop will cover the basics of planning a new drainage system or retrofitting an existing system.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) has announced the publication of Water Quality Matters To Us All, a new book that provides insight into the attitudes and practices of agencies and stakeholders involved in protecting Iowa’s water quality.

Twenty-one 4-H’ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates for the National 4-H Congress entitled “Become a Catalyst of Change,” in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 25 -29. Delegates hail from Adair, Clay, Fayette, Fremont, Hamilton, Harrison, Johnson, Lee, Lucas, Madison, O'Brien, Tama, Washington, Woodbury and Worth counties.

Indoor plants help create a welcoming, calming, aesthetically pleasing environment in homes. In fact, more than 80 percent of homes in the United States have at least one houseplant, with a national average of 10 plants per household. Learn more about caring for the few hundred plants that lend themselves well to indoor culture.

Retired U.S. Army First Class Sergeant Dana Bowman's motto is “it’s not the disability, it’s the ability,” and he’ll be sharing his message of conquering adversity at the 4th Annual Veterans’ Procurement Conference Nov. 30 in Ames. The conference will provide vital information to assist Iowa businesses in winning government contracts, while educating veteran-owned businesses on issues critical to their success in this market.

Woodchip bioreactors, installed at the edge of agricultural fields, can remove 15 to 60 percent of the nitrate in tile-drained water annually. This innovative approach for protecting the water quality in Midwest streams and rivers is described in a new fact sheet available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Five eastern Iowa cattle producers are sharing their grazing annual cover crops experiences during a series of field days this month as part of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) farmer grant program to demonstrate the use of annual cover crops for extending the grazing season and increasing the grazing opportunities following grain production.

The 2011 Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Nov. 21-22 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. It will offer expert presentations and technological innovations on a variety of grassland and forage topics.

Anyone interested in beef nutrition research at Iowa State University (ISU), may register this week for the Nov. 18 “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase.” The event will offer a look at the variety of research under way at Iowa State, including at the ISU Beef Nutrition Farm.

Angela Laury will work with Iowa producers and manufacturers to promote food safety as the new food safety specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. One of her first assignments is introducing food producers to the Food Safety Modernization Act, a new federal law designed to encourage food safety through preventive measures.

The popular Weed Identification Field Guide is now available electronically as an e-book and, for the first time, downloadable on iPad. The publication is distributed by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has sponsored the capability for users to download the electronic versions for no charge.
 

Feedlot owners, dairy producers and their employees are invited to an Animal Care and Handling Seminar for beef and dairy on Nov. 22 at Tri-State Livestock Auction in Sioux Center. Featured presenter is Sandhills Cattle Consultants Inc. president Kip Lukasiewicz, who will discuss and demonstrate low-stress cattle handling techniques.

The final Greenhorn Grazing session of the 2011 season will cover stockpiled grazing. The session will be held Nov. 15 at the Werner farm near Diagonal with a 10 a.m. start time.

The 12th Annual Drainage Research Forum will be held Nov. 22 at the Arrowwood Conference Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the program runs from 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m., sponsored by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University.

Composting enables gardeners to dispose of large quantities of leaves and clippings in an efficient and cost-effective way, but can they also be used for mulch? ISU Extension horticulturists share ways to use fallen tree leaves.