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Relational aggression in children is another way of saying that kids can be mean to one another. Parents may not be able to stop this bullying, but they can help their children learn how to deal with the behavior, says Kimberly Greder, an extension specialist and associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Kids can be mean — whether on the elementary school playground or in the middle school hallway or high school cafeteria. Learn how parents can deal with this meanness, called relational aggression, in this month’s Science of Parenting podcast.

“Farming after the Flood – Farmer Perspectives and Agency Resources” will be the focus of a Dec. 14, multi-state webinar for those affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood. The webinar will be from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at more than 20 sites in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

ISU Extension specialists will share information on new practices to improve soil and water quality at workshops Dec. 16 at the Marshall County Extension office and Dec. 20 at the Carroll County Extension office.

Take a  tour of the MarketMaker website by viewing recently released videos highlighting everything MarketMaker has available. MarketMaker is an online tool connecting family shoppers with farmers and everyone in between – including restaurants and grocery stores.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 76 locations in Iowa, and four locations in surrounding states. Commercial manure applicators can meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements by attending.

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in January or February 2012.

A new tool — the recently updated “4-Day Throw Away” leftovers app — is available for families looking for an extra line of defense to protect themselves from bad leftovers. The app is available for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® devices.

By donating grain, farmers can support Iowa’s number one crop, youth, say officials with the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Donations to the Iowa 4-H Foundation can be designated to county 4-H endowments, for statewide use or for both purposes.
 

Youth ages 8 -12 can expect some winter fun at the Iowa 4-H Center during a winter wonderland celebration.

Buying local often times means buying locally grown food, but in December, it can also mean buying a Christmas tree from a local grower. More than 35 million Christmas trees are harvested each year in the U.S. Get tips for selecting, caring for and disposal of fresh trees.

Parents and grandparents can simplify the holiday gift hunt with a “Gift of Camp” from the Iowa 4-H Center.

For readers on the go, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Online Store is now offering publications in electronic versions. In addition to e-books, other digital files are now being offered.

Ag Decision Maker has a leasing Web page that is a portal to all Iowa State resources on improving farm lease contracts. The tools and information files will be helpful as landlords and tenants negotiate lease rates and conditions after harvest and into the winter .

Fortunately, final garden chores — cleaning, sharpening and put away garden tools and properly storing pesticides and lawn fertilizer — aren't weather dependent and can be done anytime indoors.

Evaluating the energy savings of new equipment for the farm can prove challenging. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach gives examples for comparing the payback periods of energy-related purchases.

What’s the best way to thaw a frozen turkey? Is it safe to make pies and vegetable dishes a couple days before the big family gathering? And what’s the best way to deal with the leftovers? To get answers to these and other holiday food questions, call Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Answer Line, 800-262-3804.

Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists are teaming up to offer regional risk management educational seminars for producers and allied industry representatives in early December.

Four individuals, a radio station and a TV station were honored as 2011 Friends of Extension by the Iowa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary extension fraternity. The awards were presented  Nov. 3 during the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach annual conference in Ames.