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SOFA is a unique program that allows students from Adair, Cass and surrounding counties interested in careers in agriculture to experience potential career paths beyond traditional production with an annual trip to areas around the Midwest.

Fifty-two Iowa 4-H'ers have been selected to receive state 4-H project awards in 2014. More than 160 4-H youth applied for the awards this year, which are given to youth who have demonstrated mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

Container gardens are an excellent way to grow plants in limited spaces. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on choosing containers and plants, and some ways to make sure they thrive.

Youth can register now for the fifth annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Sunday, Aug. 10, and Monday, Aug. 11. Registration is open until June 30.

A new study by Iowa State University professor and extension specialist Kim Greder and an ISU student links food insecurity and maternal depression in rural America.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a "Nutrient Reduction Strategies" field day at the LICA farm near Melbourne on Wednesday, June 25. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public.

Former Plymouth County 4-H'er Caine Westergard credits a large part of her success in the fashion world to the nine years she spent in 4-H.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a "Benefits of Strip-Tillage" field day near Primghar on June 23. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public.

An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach entomologist, in collaboration with an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship entomologist, has written a new publication to help Iowans identify signs of the destructive Emerald Ash Borer.

Dubuque County Extension is partnering with Loras College to provide computer literacy training to older citizens as a part of the Mid-Life and Beyond Program.

The annual spring field day for the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm will be held  June 26 near Crawfordsville, beginning at 1 p.m.

An adult Emerald Ash Borer submitted by an Iowa City resident to the Iowa EAB Team has been positively identified as the destructive beetle by a federal identifier.  A follow-up examination of ash trees growing in the vicinity of where the beetle was collected has failed to confirm an infestation.

Homeowners may be noticing growths, spots or sooty areas on maple leaves during summer. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify the leaf abnormalities and tell how to manage them.

Selling produce at farmers markets, flower production, tomato grafting and pumpkin production are topics that will be covered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and central Iowa farmers during fields days this summer.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day at the Roverud Family Partnership Farm, Elkader, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19. The field day will focus on using prairie strips integrated with row crops for reductions in nutrient and sediment runoff. The event is free-of-charge, open to the public, and a meal will be provided.

The Future Problem Solving Program International Conference will bring students from across the United States and from countries around the world to Iowa State University to compete June 12-15. On Friday, June 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., the public is invited to see firsthand some of the students’ work at Hilton Coliseum.

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Strawberry plants require full sun, well-drained soils and good management to produce abundant, sweet fruit.

With a game of "Cyclone Survivor," a team of Iowa County 4-H'ers has been named one of two runners-up in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award competition.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy sets ambitious goals for keeping agricultural nutrients out of the state’s waterways. To reach the reduction targets, Iowa farmers and their advisers will have to work together to improve nutrient management strategies, according to a new Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll report.