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Historian, mentor and friend are some of the roles that today’s grandparents play. In November, learn about how important grandparents can be in the lives of their grandchildren in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

With about 90 million family caregivers in the United States, National Family Caregivers Month is recognizing the need for their service with the theme “now more than ever.” ISU Extension and Outreach provides resources to help caregivers thrive, not just survive.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host three Iowa cover crop field days in mid-November. The field days will focus on using cover crops to aid in the reduction of soil erosion and improving soil health as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

A new video series, “Flooding in Iowa,” offers a close look at floodplains, flood risks and ways to mitigate possible future losses from flooding. The web-based educational videos are suitable for local officials as well as the general public.
 

The approaching holiday season doesn’t have to mean extra stress, expense and calories. With a few small changes, Iowans can be on their way to healthier lives and financial security, says Jan Monahan, a family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

More Iowa farmers are planting cover crops late in the growing season, a practice the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy identified as one way to help protect Iowa’s water quality. Iowa's nutrient reduction plan is voluntary, which means it is not regulated. However – it is not optional.

The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference will be Dec. 4 and 5 at the Iowa State Center. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee enrollment.

Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to get the most enjoyment out of mums.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists will host crop production and recommendation update meetings in December at two locations; Dec. 2 in Iowa City and Dec. 11 in Ames.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host two cover crops field days in early November. Field days will be held in Amana Nov. 7 and near Plainfield Nov. 12.

Kaitlyn Romitti, a junior at Iowa State, spent last summer as the Cook This! intern, where she planned and implemented the annual 4-H culinary challenge at the Iowa State Fair.
 

Mitch Baum was elected president of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees at their annual meeting Oct. 11. In addition, seven Iowans were elected to the board.

With the slightest breeze, shade and ornamental trees send a shower of leaves to carpet the lawn, drive and sidewalk. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer homeowners’ questions as they decide how to deal with fallen leaves.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® 2.0 Advisors at a session offered at Iowa State University by the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) on Nov. 26.

New extension beef specialist Patrick Wall will serve southeast Iowa livestock producers as their connection to Iowa State University and the Iowa Beef Center. He brings industry experience and expertise that complement and strengthen Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational efforts to Iowa’s beef industry.

A new USDA rule requiring official identification for all interstate commerce went into effect March 11, 2013. It requires official identification and an official certificate of veterinary inspection for nearly all livestock crossing state lines for exhibitions, rodeos, shows and similar events.

Putting the garden to bed for the winter is a matter of cleaning up and covering up. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have recommendations on cutting foliage as part of fall clean up.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops to build Iowans’ health insurance literacy so they can make informed decisions and choose a health insurance policy that meets their needs. Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops are being offered throughout Iowa.

The 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference is scheduled for Nov. 17 – 18. The conference will be held in Iowa City at the Iowa Memorial Union.