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Extension professionals from across the nation are gathering in Des Moines May 2–5 for the 2011 National Urban Extension Conference. 

With the Iowa Public Employees Leadership Academy, public sector employees have a convenient and easy-to-access way to gain training that will benefit them as supervisors.

The Iowa State University Extension hotline for consumer horticulture questions serves an ever-increasing number of gardeners.

Overweight kids often become overweight adults, gaining not only weight, but also chronic diseases and related health care costs. Iowa State University Extension examines what parents can do about this serious health problem in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast.

The Iowa Master Gardener program has a new look -- and a  new logo.

Annual Master Gardener plant sales are happening in many Iowa counties in the coming weeks, featuring a wide range of flowers and vegetables.

Tomato plants are the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Iowa State University Extension garden specialists explain varieties, growth habits and how and when to plant this vegetable of many sizes, shapes and colors.

Food, fun and a good cause will all unite at the Iowa 4-H Center’s Wall and Waffles Fundraiser on Saturday, May 7.

The Iowa State University Corn and Soybean Initiative seeks team applicants and adult leaders for a new program designed to give high school students a taste of what it takes to be a modern farmer.

The application deadline for the May 4 Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) Advisors certification program has been extended to Friday, April 29.

The Iowa 4-H Center is hosting Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 30. All ages are welcome to help spruce up the center and get it ready for another busy summer.

A workshop, to be offered on May 17 and 18, will help cattle producers understand fescue management and forage-based diet supplement.

A new application available for Apple® devices helps protect consumers from bad leftovers. The “4-Day Throw Away” application, available now from the App Store℠, is an extension of the 4-Day Throw Away campaign.

Veterinarians who work with beef  cattle are invited to sharpen their skills and learn the latest information on a variety of topics at a May 18 workshop at the ISU McNay Research Farm.

Arbor Day April 29 is a reminder of the importance of trees in our landscape, and this week Iowa State experts provide tree planting instructions and tell how to care for newly planted trees.

Volunteer shooting sports instructors from throughout the United States will come to Central Iowa for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop May 15-20. Registration is open to current adult volunteers in state 4-H shooting sports programs.

Besides providing a summer getaway and fun for youth, the Iowa 4-H Center offers leadership experience opportunities through counselor-in-training camps and a new Leadership Camp for 15-year-olds.

Spring sessions of “Smart investing @ your library®” are beginning in 25 rural libraries throughout the state. The courses promote investor education resources and programming and are offered through a collaboration of the State Library of Iowa, the Ames Public Library and Iowa State University Extension.

As Iowa's spring and summer storms break and scatter tree branches and limbs, homeowners should know that some tree species are more susceptible to storm damage than others. Age and prior care of the tree are also factors contributing to the extent of damage caused by strong winds.