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Iowa Learning Farms is again hosting a series of webinars on the third Wednesday of each month in 2012. The next webinar is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m., and will feature Jacqueline Comito, an anthropologist with the Sociology Department at Iowa State University.

The 2012 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference is Jan. 21 at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. From maintaining competitiveness in light of high corn prices to applied approaches to genetics, this year’s topics are provided to help producers recognize ways to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

Those who work the farmland, whether they call it dirt or soil, know that it is one of the state’s richest resources. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps those that own, manage and work the land, as well as those who talk about it, know and understand Iowa soil through a recently revised website.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel — and money.

Manure applicator certification workshops for dry manure operators are planned for seven different dates and locations 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.

Mothers often remind children not to play with their food, but kids and houseplant enthusiasts may find it interesting and fun to start plants from the seeds and leaves of fruit.

Research is evaluating a couple of strategies that may extend the growing season for vegetable growers.

An ISU Extension and Outreach workshop will examine various aspects of farmland drainage on Jan. 30 at Big Ed’s Firehouse in New Hampton. The program that begins 9 a.m. and adjourns at 3:30 p.m. has been scheduled due to an overwhelming interest in a December workshop.

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to slim down. Their plans often involve rigid diet regimens that make them feel deprived. So instead of avoiding "forbidden" foods, focus on foods you can eat more often, says an ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

Iowans who want to learn to make wise investing decisions should register for Smart Investing, a free online course that begins the week of Jan. 9, 2012.

From podcasts to text messages and Skype, many parents are adding technology to their parenting toolkit. This month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach takes a closer look at how parents can use information and communications technology for parenting.

Women should register now for Annie's Project, a course designed to empower women to be better business partners and owners. The course to be offered in Ralston begins Jan. 12, 2012 and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach along with West Central Co-op and Carroll County State Bank.

The Great Plains Growers Conference will be held Jan. 5-7, 2012, at the Fulkerson Conference Center on the Missouri Western State University Campus. The conference and tradeshow is a collaborative effort of growers associations and extension services from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota, and each year draws hundreds of producers from the region and beyond.

Iowa families throughout the state will be getting together — virtually — once a month from January through June for an Eco Family Conference from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. It’s an opportunity for families to improve the environment, reduce their carbon footprint and create community close to home.

Each year, hundreds of eager campers, ages 6 to 17, attend camp at the Iowa 4-H Center. From day and overnight camps, leadership development and extreme adventure getaways, to camps for the whole family, there’s a camp designed for every child’s needs and interests.

High feed costs in 2011, a smaller calf crop and a slow economy will linger into 2012; these and new factors affecting profitability will be the focus of Feedlot Forum 2012 on Jan. 17 in Sioux Center.

African violets are relatively easy to grow, however, they do require consistent care and attention to light, temperature, watering and fertilization.

Birders around Iowa are being treated to a rare treat this year, an inundation of Snowy Owls from the tundra! However, movement of the birds into Iowa isn't a treat for them.

Sue and Harold Peyton of Sac County have established the Peyton Family Scholarship through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an Iowa State University student in a major related to agriculture who will be a sophomore, junior or senior in fall 2012.