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Proper pruning makes it possible to obtain maximum yields of high-quality grapes and to allow adequate vegetative growth for the following season.

Iowa 4-H'ers and Operation: Military Kids exemplify the recent White House initiative, "Strengthening the Military Family."
 

Iowa 4-H alumni have made their commitment to 4-H, raising $23,366.94 to support Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development programs.
 

Iowa Learning Farms is gearing up for another busy season of travel with the Conservation Station, a mobile learning center that encourages all Iowans to help protect and improve soil and water quality. Requests are now being accepted for 2011 events.
 

As thousand canker disease and emerald ash borers edge their way toward Iowa trees and woodlands, organizers of the 55th Annual Iowa State University Shade Tree Short Course are encouraging those interested in trees to “Expand Your Plant Palette.”

ISU Extension nutrition specialist suggests steps for following USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
 

Preregister two days before the date of the location you wish to attend and it's free. Wait and it's $5 a person. Contact IPPA to sign up at 800-372-7675.
 

Extension's nutrition education programs have been helping low-income couples and families plan healthy, cost-effective meals — and saving health care costs.
 

Iowa 4-H teams took high honors at several recent national judging events.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is offering financial aid applications to any youth otherwise financially unable to attend a day or residential camp at the Iowa 4-H Center.

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association joins with the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to celebrate the Conference's 40th anniversary this year. The two-day event includes the same agenda items and formats of both events under one collective program umbrella in Ottumwa.

The correct time to prune red raspberries and trees is approaching. Find out when and how to take care of these pruning chores and how to keep rabbits away from serviceberries in this week's column.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products with the launch of the BioPreferred's labeling program.

Iowa State University researcher Kathleen Delate is undertaking perhaps the most comprehensive study of organic vegetable-growing practices by looking at the use of cover crops, manure, tillage and mulch.
 

The 2011 Tri-State Agriculture Summit will provide an outlook of land values, grain markets, technology and inputs. The summit is Feb. 16 in Keokuk, Iowa.

Registration for the distance educational series SowBridge 2011-12 is now open. The first session is March 2.

People originally certified as PQAPlus® Advisors during the initial training period in 2007-2008 need to recertify as soon as possible to maintain their certification.
 

Blooms from spring-flowering trees can be forced indoors, but flowering dogwoods planted in Iowa and Black Hills spruce tree branches that have had buds eaten off cannot be forced to grow.
 

Children’s health and well-being can be affected by spending too much time using electronic media. So, should parents say “no” to video games or screen time in general, including television? Not necessarily, said Kimberly Greder, Iowa State University Extension family life specialist and associate professor in human development and family studies.