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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.

Iowa Learning Farms, AgVantage FS and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a field day at the AgVantage FS test plot located west of Sumner, Iowa, on June 27. The field day will focus on in-season urea nitrogen fertilizer application with GreenSeeker technology and its impact on corn and water quality.

The first Northwest Iowa 4-H Golf Benefit will be held Friday, June 22, at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park. This event benefits Iowa 4-H youth programs throughout the state.

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the red, white, pink, lilac, and purple bee balm tubular flowers. Bee balms perform best in full sun, but there is more to know when it comes to caring for these plants in the home garden.

Registered dietitians have a new source for continuing education on safe food preservation. Preserve the Taste of Summer, a research-based program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has been approved for up to 20 continuing education units from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Across the state of Iowa, plans are under way to select 18 rural libraries to host the Smart investing @ your library program.

A field day highlighting Iowa State University fruit and vegetable research is planned for July 23 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. Organizers say the field day will be of interest to commercial producers, small-scale growers, master gardeners and home gardeners.

Youth can have fun in the garden and the kitchen during the Immersion in Wellness camp experience at the Iowa 4-H Center this summer.