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The Primghar Community Center is the location of a March 25 meeting for area beef producers and agri-business staff. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the O’Brien County Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

The annual meeting and educational program of the North Iowa Research Farm will take place on Thursday, March 13 at the Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa. Those planning to attend are encouraged to pre-register by March 7.

When a child says, “I know Grandpa isn’t really dead. He’s just asleep,” how should a parent respond? During March, family life specialists discuss how parents can help children cope with the death of loved ones in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers “Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills.” The course is designed for volunteers, clergy, social workers and others working in nonprofit groups and organizations, who assist their clients or members with financial management concerns,

Iowans no longer can procrastinate when it comes to health insurance. When the annual open enrollment period ends on March 31, most people will be unable to purchase individual health coverage from any source until the next open enrollment period in fall 2014.

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.

With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.

Iowa State University is anticipating an increase in demand for its food safety training course as new state regulations take effect in Iowa this year. To meet the expected demand, specialists with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach will offer more than 100 ServSafe courses across the state.

For nearly 50 years, the swine teaching farm at Iowa State University has been helping students learn about pork production. The primary goal of the farm is to educate students about current pork production operations, and this includes student workers at the farm.

Finding the Iowa State University swine expert you need is easier with the online listing provided by Iowa Pork Industry Center. The 21-page booklet features names, photos and contact information for more than 80 faculty and staff members with swine- and/or pork-related work responsibilities.

In a single motion pruning demonstrates both the art and science of horticulture. Understanding how plants grow, why pruning is necessary and which tools to use can remove the mystery surrounding this routine practice.

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in Eddyville in Wapello County, and trees in the public right-of-way in Waverly in Bremer County. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

A special value added agriculture Annie’s Project course is coming to Ames in March. The course covers five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.

Annie's Project helped Nicole Jonas write a business plan and add value to her farm business. The classes "made me realize things I needed to be doing or be doing better on Red Granite Farm and helped me focus on it as a real business,” Jonas said.

A one-day swine production seminar sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, Hubbard Feeds and Elanco will be Thursday, March 13 in Okoboji.

A cover crop workshop for commercial growers and those working with commercial growers is planned for Feb. 25 at the Iowa Clothing Center, 1005 Nutmeg Avenue, Kalona.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct a tomato grafting and pest management workshop Friday, March 28 at North East Iowa Dairy Foundation Center, Calmar.

Water Rocks! is a statewide youth water education campaign in which music is used as a primary component. Partners in the project are Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center and Iowa Learning Farms.

Horse owners and enthusiasts now have an online option for learning horse management through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Master Equine Manager Program, a comprehensive educational experience that teaches the science of horse management.