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The annual Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 2-3, 2015 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. This year, the conference has increased the number of speakers, providing topics and information on the latest in crop production and technology from around Iowa and the Midwest.

Rich Pirog, a pioneer in the statewide local foods movement, returns to Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to speak about his new experiences in Michigan at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Story County Extension office.

The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is one way that the College of Human Sciences is helping to improve the health and wellness of Iowa families through Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Registration is open for the Midwest Dairy Day scheduled for Dec. 4, 2015. The workshop, Genomics 101: Putting Genomics to Work, will be held  at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Outlook meetings are designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

Iowa Learning Farms and the Jasper County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a multi-species cover crop field day on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the Gordon Wassenaar farm, rural Prairie City.

New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators.

Jason Ross has been appointed as the director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State, effective Oct. 1.

When is the right time to cut back plants in the home garden? It depends on the plant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on cutting back perennials, ornamental grasses, asparagus and rhubarb.

A new publication, Cleaning Iowa’s Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds, highlights the recent work being done with saturated buffers in Iowa.

The “Milk Producers of Tomorrow” tour will feature Midwest dairy farms known for excellent heifer management and innovative technology practices. The Oct. 29 tour is organized by the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium. 

With unfavorable crop fertilizer prices, farmers are considering reducing fertilization rates across all crops despite field conditions. However, making rational or sound management decisions should begin by testing soil, following the recommended application rates for additional nutrients.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new version of the Weed Identification Field Guide, first published in 2010, to assist producers and agronomists with accurately identifying weeds in Iowa corn and soybean fields.

Kids in the Kitchen, a statewide Human Sciences Extension and Outreach pilot program, teaches kids basic cooking skills and nutrition education.
 

In 1986, an introductory meeting with an extension specialist and an early-career scientist inspired a promising partnership for university engagement with Iowa communities that focused on Iowa State University’s motto “science with practice.” Almost 30 years later, this partnership continues to grow and stand strong, assisting Iowans and looking toward a bright future.

A destructive insect of ash trees has been confirmed in southern Cedar Rapids. The emerald ash borer was discovered at an Iowa interstate rest area along I-380 approximately one-half mile north of the Johnson County line.

A new publication, Identifying Miscanthus in Iowa (CROP 3079) released by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides information needed to decipher among three different species of Miscanthus found in Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project, the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group and farmer Jeff Koch, will host a cover crop field day Nov. 4 at the American Legion Post #403 Veterans Reception Center in Van Meter. The event is free and open to the public.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, will host a cover crop field day on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4-6 p.m. on the Louis and Pat Beck farm, rural Buckingham. The event is free and open to the public.