While medical professionals and others may be partners in the caregiving scenario, family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings. National Family Caregivers Month recognizes and honors this contribution with the 2015 theme “Respite: Care for Caregivers.”

A recent ISU Extension and Outreach publication, “Farm financial management: 16 ways to stretch cash flow,” details the actions that farmers can take to improve their liquidity when times get tough.

The Soil Health Partnership, along with the Iowa Learning Farms and Bremer County farmer partner Mark Mueller, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer a Sheep Production Skill Development Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Ames.

The holiday season is just around the corner. One of the best parts of any good holiday celebration is beautiful holiday plants, including the spectacular amaryllis. What is the best way to ensure it will bloom for Christmas, and can it be saved afterward?

A new publication is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Using Accounting Software for Food Hubs: Processing Traceable Orders (LF0009) is a step-by-step tutorial based on QuickBooks Professional accounting software.

Farming has become increasingly complex, and farmers must consider many factors as they weigh decisions about planting and fertilizing, pest and disease management and soil and water conservation. As they gather information and advice to make decisions, farmers rely on a variety of professional advisers to varying degrees, according to the 2014 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Sam and Julie Spellman farm, rural Woodward. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Updates on the latest crop production products and recommendations are topics at ISU Extension and Outreach meetings in Iowa City Nov. 24 and Ames Dec. 16.

Much grain has been harvested and put into the bin at 60 degrees and warmer, so proper grain drying and cooling is essential for storage life and grain quality. For safe grain storage during warmer conditions core it, cool it and check it.

The annual Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 2-3, 2015 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus. This year, the conference has increased the number of speakers, providing topics and information on the latest in crop production and technology from around Iowa and the Midwest.

Rich Pirog, a pioneer in the statewide local foods movement, returns to Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to speak about his new experiences in Michigan at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Story County Extension office.

The Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is one way that the College of Human Sciences is helping to improve the health and wellness of Iowa families through Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Registration is open for the Midwest Dairy Day scheduled for Dec. 4, 2015. The workshop, Genomics 101: Putting Genomics to Work, will be held  at Iowa’s Dairy Center located at 1527 Highway 150 S, Calmar, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Outlook meetings are designed to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

Iowa Learning Farms and the Jasper County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a multi-species cover crop field day on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the Gordon Wassenaar farm, rural Prairie City.

New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators.

Jason Ross has been appointed as the director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State, effective Oct. 1.

When is the right time to cut back plants in the home garden? It depends on the plant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on cutting back perennials, ornamental grasses, asparagus and rhubarb.