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The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. These colorful plants can be found in nearly every household or business during the December holiday season. However, taking care of this festive flower can sometimes be tricky. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give tips on how to care for poinsettias for a perfect holiday display.

The inaugural Iowa soil health conference, “Strategies for Building Healthy Soils,” will be Feb. 2-3, 2016 at the Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa.

“Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” recently added a Spanish translation among other updates to the website to better benefit Iowans. This website and blog offered by Iowa State University’s Human Sciences Extension and Outreach provide nutrition education, how-to videos, meal planning tips and more.

Even though the weather has been unseasonably mild, winter is in the air and snow is inevitable. Rural landowners can be better prepared to deal with drifting snow if they erect snow fences, according to Greg Brenneman, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Before holiday gift giving morphs into gift grabbing, parents can help their children move from greedy to grateful, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2016 Dairy Days at seven eastern Iowa locations in January and February.

Paperwhite narcissus makes for great home decoration during the holidays. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information on paperwhite narcissus to help brighten Iowans’ homes this winter.

Jacklyn Gautsch, natural resources biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will discuss Iowa DNR’s Wetland Monitoring Program during the monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar.

Take Control of Your Money, a free online resource from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help Iowans learn to plan their spending during the holidays and throughout the year, and improve their financial future.

A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14 to announce the results of the 2015 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University and Iowa State University  Extension and Outreach.

The popular ISU Extension and Outreach Crop Advantage Series will focus on the importance of risk management programs and controlling costs in 2016.

The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit annual event will celebrate two years of community accomplishments in coalition development and local food projects around Iowa on Dec. 18 at Reiman Gardens.

Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2016.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6 -8:30 p.m. at the Morse Community Club in Iowa City.  The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.

The status of weed control across the state and the most effective herbicides for tackling weeds are outlined in a recently released Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

The Sheep Production Skill Development Workshop scheduled to be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, has been cancelled due to an expected snow storm.

Changes in health insurance raise many questions for consumers. That’s why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a free online workshop on Tuesday, Dec.1 from 6–8 p.m.

The final session in a three-part series for young and beginning graziers in southern Iowa is set for Dec. 14. The event will focus on winter feeding and grazing.

With the holiday season approaching fast, many families choose to use evergreen trees to make their homes more festive. Evergreens are popularly used as Christmas trees in many people’s homes. However, their use can extend beyond the holiday season, if managed properly.