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More than 80 participants attended the 2015 State 4-H Volunteer Retreat at Iowa State University. Volunteers, staff, parents and intermediate and senior 4-H members came together to share ideas and learn about innovative curricula to improve 4-H Youth Development programs.

Right now, the weather outside is cold and the ground is inhospitable to plants. However, this is an excellent time to begin growing seedlings indoors that can be transplanted outside for successful growth in spring.

Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area. The directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa, is available from ISU Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association and educational program of the ISU Northern Research Farm will take place on March 12 at the Duncan Ballroom in Duncan.

While mild winter weather is a pleasant surprise, it can have negative effects on plants that bloom ahead of schedule. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the proper way to care for spring-flowering bulbs in winter.

The North Iowa Agriculture Summit is an opportunity for producers and agriculture professionals to become better informed about what is happening in the industry, to network and share resources.

The Lambing Time Workshop will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. ISU Extension and Outreach discussion leaders are Dan Morrical, sheep specialist, Joe Sellers, livestock specialist and Ben Stokes, ISU sheep teaching farm manager.

Dr. Christopher Rademacher joined the faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the Swine Extension Veterinarian in December. He joins Dr. Jan Shearer, dairy, and Dr. Grant Dewell, beef, on the ISU Extension and Outreach veterinarian team. Shearer and Dewell are also Iowa State faculty.

In a new podcast series, titled “Conservation Chat,” Jacqueline Comito, director of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! programs, holds casual conversations with Iowans about aspects of conservation. The first guests are Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Mills County farmer Steve McGrew.
 

Learn how to support local food systems during two webinars Feb. 12 and March 12 from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

Iowa MarketReady, a new program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program, offers farmers the support and education to succeed in both local retail and wholesale markets.

John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Manure applicator certification workshops for dry/solid manure operators will be held in February. These workshops meet manure applicator certification requirements for both confinement site manure applicators and commercial manure applicators who primarily apply dry or solid manure.

The parenting dance is the mix between the child’s natural style, or temperament, and the parent’s approach and response. Find suggestions for successful “dancing” in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

 

Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about disease preparedness and traceability, development and implementation of common industry audits, and swine health research at 2015 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences.

The Iowa Learning Farms February webinar will feature Joe Sellers, a beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The free webinar will be live on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

The professional development journey of Iowa’s women in agriculture comes with specific needs. ISU Extension and Outreach offices throughout the state offer a variety of Annie’s Project courses to meet those needs.

Iowans will learn how to maximize their resources and share their extras during the 2015 Eco Family Project from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Registration is now open for the project, which begins March 19 and runs through June 11.

Many people will give or receive beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day. While the thought is wonderful and they’re lovely to receive, what happens on Feb. 15 and beyond?