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As Iowa students begin a new school year, many can look forward to developing better financial literacy skills along with their more traditional subjects. That’s because their teachers, who were trained in the Family Economics and Financial Education (FEFE) curriculum, are better equipped and confident to teach them what they need to know about financial literacy.

This year the bacterial disease Goss's Wilt was identified in the state much earlier than in previous years, prompting some concern among those whose fields previously had not been affected.

As Missouri River flood waters recede from farmland, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are jointly planning a workshop for Monday, Sept. 12 to address cropland issues. The workshop will be conducted via webinar at viewing sites in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 

Iowa 4-H youth in grades 5-12 had a chance to put their culinary skills to the test, and win some prizes, with Cook This! during the Iowa State Fair. Cook This! is a food and nutrition challenge for youth in its second year.

An international conference on feed efficiency in swine, set for Nov. 8-9 at the Hilton Hotel/Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., will bring experts from around the world to share their knowledge on this timely topic.

During the 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design challenge at the Iowa State Fair, nine youth teams created 11 new gowns, four teams won prizes and three of their gowns will be mass produced for the 2012 prom season.

The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance provided. September is an ideal time for many lawn maintenance practices—such as weed control.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is hosting a field day at Hickory Grove Lake, near Colo, on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-8 p.m. The field day is free, includes a complimentary dinner and the public is invited to attend.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will co-sponsor a field day and workshop at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm in Greenfield on Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. The field day includes a meal featuring locally-grown organic vegetables.

Small prairie strips growing at key points in corn and soybean fields at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge are yielding more than good crops; they’re improving soil and water quality as well as creating beneficial habitat for insects and birds. Research that incorporates native prairie into working landscapes will be highlighted at a field day on  Sept. 6.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will use a $21,580 grant from The Wellmark Foundation to help revise the Chef Charles nutrition education program for older Iowans.

The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season. If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years.

Future scientist from the Science Center of Iowa visited the Iowa State campus on Aug. 11 to explore unique science careers. The seventh and eighth graders not only learned about careers, but the educational opportunities at Iowa State University.

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension are co-hosting a field day that focuses on water quality of tile-drained landscapes on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. near Gilmore City in Pocahontas County.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a field day at the Kelly Tobin farm near New Market in Taylor County on Aug. 30, featuring a discussion of cover crop management.
 

Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for a conversation with other women and learn about techniques for success in today’s grain market.

Constructing or upgrading a farm shop requires decisions about insulation and heating systems. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach addresses energy efficiency for shop heating.

As the Missouri River flood waters slowly begin to recede, western Iowa manufacturers continue to deal with major ongoing challenges such as transportation logistics and workforce issues. ISU Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) surveyed manufacturers in the six-county Presidential Disaster Declaration Area that includes Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.

A CREP wetland tour will be held in conjunction with the Aug. 24, 2011 Iowa Drainage School at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. The tour will depart from and return to the Borlaug Learning Center.