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The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 11 Midwestern states.

Standing in front of a mass of tangled grapevines and wondering what to do can be a scary experience for the novice or even the more experienced gardener. Pruning grapes becomes easier after understanding the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine.

Children aren’t born knowing how to be kind or compassionate. However, these virtues can be taught, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Research suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention and has no negative effect on yield.

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available. The publication provides rates for custom work in tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

The emerald ash borer (EAB), which has already been confirmed in nearly one-third of Iowa’s counties, has been discovered in Decorah.

Cherries are a delicious fruit that can range from sweet to sour, but are always a treat. Can they be grown in Iowa? Absolutely.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnered with the Small Business Development Center and the Iowa Black Business Coalition to create the Untraditional Start-A-Thon to give Iowa minority business owners a foothold and a boost.

The next monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Liz Juchems, events coordinator with Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss a recent case study conducted by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group examining the economic value of cover crops. 

A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication discusses all aspects of potato production, beginning with choosing the correct type of potato to grow and including size of seed potatoes, spacing, fertility, pest management and post-harvest management.

Iowans who have participated in “Smart Investing@Your Library®” report improving their knowledge and abilities in setting financial goals, planning and taking action. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers these online courses that help Iowans make well-informed decisions to improve their financial future.

Tree grafting workshop participants can learn why and how to graft fruit trees and take part in a hands-on apple tree grafting demonstration.

Gardeners are invited to apply for Iowa Master Gardener training offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. This is the first step to becoming a trained Master Gardener community volunteer.

Leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners, conservationists and others are critical to ensuring continued improvements to monarch conservation.

For at least 100 years Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with the Iowa Department of Education and the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services to offer continuing education summer sessions. Seven workshops on the Iowa State campus this summer cover topics ranging from food safety to financial management practices in child nutrition programs.

While gambling is harmless entertainment for most Iowans, gambling can lead to personal and financial problems for others. During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Iowans are encouraged to have the conversation about gambling with those they care about.

With the importance of partnerships in mind, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods team has created a series of four publications designed to help organizations measure their coalition development efforts.

Iowa Beef Center has developed software to assist sheep feedlot managers with both detailed monitoring of animal performance along with business transactions involving the sheep feeding enterprise.