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Extending family time can be easy — just add food and fitness. Lori Hayungs, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, offers the following tips on how to increase family time while encouraging children’s healthy development.

Nutrition, health, food security and local foods awareness are components of plans created by Rising Star Interns for a 2016 summer program.

Farmers will have an opportunity to purchase seedstock through the National Sheep Improvement Program at the 2016 Center of the Nation NSIP Sale on July 23 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa.

This week 15 Spencer youth were able to “Experience Medicine.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County partnered with the Spencer Hospital to offer area youth in grades 6-8 a hands-on opportunity to experience medical careers.

ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists are facilitating farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa.

Dewell says this early heat event is a good opportunity to make sure that producer mitigation strategies will be functional for the rest of the summer.

Crabapple trees come in many cultivars and are often excellent additions to a home landscape. However, they can be susceptible to issues that can be tough to decode, just like many other trees.

A skilled Iowa 4-H robotics team was invited to showcase their award winning robotics demonstration at the Iowa State Capitol in May. They’d accepted an invitation from Iowa’s Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a proponent of STEM education and co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes Eric Savage as the new east field team lead for the 4-H Youth Development program. He begins the position July 5 and will be housed in the Clinton County office.

Funds are available to farmers to offset the cost of implementing certain nutrient reduction practices – cover crops, no-till or strip till or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has announced the recipients of Iowa 4-H college scholarships valued at more than $70,000. The 4-Hers, who accepted their awards June 5, hail from 33 counties across the state.

The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture will be hosting an open house to provide information and stimulate discussion about hop production in the state of Iowa.

The cover crop and soil health field day Thursday, June 16 will be held at the Timber Frame Lodge off the Lake Macbride Trail, in Solon. The field day is hosted by Iowa Learning Farms in partnership with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project and Iowa Soybean Association.

The local foods field day is a boots on the ground event with tours and presentations from five organizations and producers involved in the eastern Iowa local food system.

The publication, "Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle," guides beef producers as they tailor implant strategies to meet their operation’s specific needs.

Adam Janke joined ISU Extension and Outreach as the extension wildlife specialist May 1. He also is an assistant professor in the Natural Resources Ecology and Management department.

Hugo Ramirez has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff as a dairy specialist. Ramirez will also serve as an assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University.

Officially, summer doesn’t begin until June 21, but Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer. With it comes the need for lawn care. It can be hot, sweaty work, but there’s no questioning its necessity.

Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. However, when parents and children engage in mealtime battles, nobody wins. Instead, parents should focus on preventing power struggles over food, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.