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Iowa Learning Farms and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are hosting a tour of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) wetlands in Story County on Tuesday, July 10, beginning at 10 a.m.

This year, 427 clubs raised more than $27,000 to support Iowa 4-H youth programs. The 4-H’ers for 4-H campaign is the largest and longest-running fundraising campaign conducted by Iowa 4-H members for 4-H members.

Twenty-five teams of Iowa teens will compete in the 2012 Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12-14.

Eleven teams of Iowa youth have been selected to compete in the 2012 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Iowa State Fair.

The 16th annual Central Iowa 4-H Golf Benefit will be Monday, July 16, at the Hyperion Field Club in Johnston. This event benefits Iowa 4-H youth programs throughout the state.

Projects Iowa State University completed with 23 Iowa towns are featured in an exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 27 to July 1 and July 4-8.

The July 16-18 three-state bus trip for Iowa beef producers is nearly full, but organizer Joe Sellers said a few spots remain. Registration is $100 per person and must be made quickly to ensure a place on the trip.

New Worker Protection Standard training materials are now available online from the Pest Management and the Environment Program at Iowa State University in partnership with IDALS. The training materials provide the information required for training agricultural workers and early-entry workers.

Recipients of the 2012 state 4-H project awards were recognized at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 28. A state 4-H project award is the highest achievement 4-H’ers can receive in 4-H Youth Development project work through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Knowing when to water and how to water plants is one of the most important aspects of gardening and can make all the difference to the health of plants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists answer questions about watering plants in containers, gardens and lawns.

From June 27 through July 1 and July 4-8, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., will celebrate USDA’s heritage as well as the land-grant university legacy. The connections and partnerships that have flourished because of USDA and land-grant institutions like Iowa State University continue to have far-reaching impacts on quality of life.

Through a new program called Communities to Community (C2C), ISU Extension and Outreach will enter into partnerships with up to five Iowa communities in different areas of the state. The C2C program will offer a two-year schedule of bundled design, educational, business and leadership development services available through the Community and Economic Development unit and the ISU College of Design.

Iowa Learning Farms’ Conservation Station is coming to the North Grand Farmers Market in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, June 30. It will be located at the north end of the JC Penney parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each year, approximately three-fourths of Iowa’s farmland is planted with corn or soybeans. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach shows the proportions of energy used to grow a typical corn or soybean crop in Iowa.

Japanese beetles first emerged around the end of May in some parts of Iowa. As populations increase, gardeners around the state are asking how to deal with these very hungry garden pests.The good news, in eight weeks they will be gone.

Iowa farming may change forever with the increased use of high tunnels. These simple, plastic-covered, solar-heated structures offer many benefits to farming – some benefits that common row crop vegetable farming cannot provide. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication that describes the cost benefits of high tunnel farming.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ June 20 webinar will feature Ken Moore, Iowa State University distinguished professor of agronomy. Moore will share the results of an ongoing Iowa State evaluation of perennial-established cover crops maintained between rows of corn.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day near Kellerton beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. The field day will focus on the benefits of patch-burn grazing and the multi-state Restoration Ecology in Working Landscapes project.

Residents of Polk and surrounding counties have the opportunity to attend the Iowa Community Tree Steward program being offered by Iowa State University Extension Forestry in August and September 2012. The course, the first step in becoming a certified Iowa Community Tree Steward, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning Aug. 2.