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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers classes designed for farm women with an interest in being better business partners and owners. Several different types of classes are being offered across the state during the coming year.

Eight manure applicator certification workshops are scheduled throughout February for confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.

Amaryllis are popular flowering bulbs grown indoors during the winter months. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to care for these plants so they'll bloom from year to year.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this February for fruit and vegetable growers on transplanting, advanced high tunnel tomato production, drip irrigation and water management, and invasive pest management.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Jan. 15. ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito will discuss “Building a Culture of Conservation: A 10-Year Review."

Iowa MarketReady will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a business strategy to succeed. This two-day training will be held Feb. 20 and March 6 in Cedar Rapids.

Want to be trendy in 2014? Then eat more kale. This dark leafy green vegetable is considered to be a “nutritional powerhouse” and is high on the list of nutrition trends for the new year, said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

The Iowa Organic Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program invite farmers to tour Grain Millers Inc., a small-grain processing facility located in St. Ansgar, Iowa, on Friday, Feb. 7. The tour and program take a look at the challenges organic farmers and food processors have finding providing organic commodities to meet increased demand for organic food.

An ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team has developed two programs to help producers manage changes in the financial climate and learn how to protect their financial bottom line during years of negative returns.

Fighting in front of the children creates a family life where conflict is the norm – and this conflict can negatively impact the kids. Learn about the complex issue of parental conflict and its effect on children in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Teaching young people basic money management skills will help them not only this year, but for years to come. That’s why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps make the High School Financial Planning Program available in Iowa.

The Iowa Beef Center, in partnership with the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, is offering the program series Heifer Development 2: Maintaining Your Investment. The series will address management practices to keep young cows in the herd to improve longterm profitability. 

The 3-State Beef conference Jan. 14 will cover topics selected by beef producers, including information for cow-calf, stocker and feedlot operations.

Nineteen Iowa youth delegates returned from National 4-H Congress inspired to make a difference, more culturally aware of the ethnic diversity around the world and in their local communities and having made friendships that will last a lifetime.

Moth orchids are great year-round, but they're especially well-suited for cold days when you're spending a lot of time indoors – and are simple to grow with a few tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Creston, making this the fifth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

To help farmers in their decision-making, Iowa Learning Farms has launched a new tool to help calculate and compare the costs of using cover crops, including seed, application and chemical termination. It is available as an Excel file on the ILF website.

Cathann Kress, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, was elected to the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees during the board’s annual meeting in November.

Iowans who have applied for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace but have not received written confirmation should call the Marketplace. Iowans who want to better understand their health insurance options may participate in Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.