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Gardeners are invited to apply for Iowa Master Gardener training offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. This is the first step to becoming a trained Master Gardener community volunteer.

Leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners, conservationists and others are critical to ensuring continued improvements to monarch conservation.

For at least 100 years Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with the Iowa Department of Education and the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services to offer continuing education summer sessions. Seven workshops on the Iowa State campus this summer cover topics ranging from food safety to financial management practices in child nutrition programs.

While gambling is harmless entertainment for most Iowans, gambling can lead to personal and financial problems for others. During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Iowans are encouraged to have the conversation about gambling with those they care about.

With the importance of partnerships in mind, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods team has created a series of four publications designed to help organizations measure their coalition development efforts.

Iowa Beef Center has developed software to assist sheep feedlot managers with both detailed monitoring of animal performance along with business transactions involving the sheep feeding enterprise.

It might not quite feel like it yet, but spring is just around the corner in Iowa. With it comes preparation for spring planting and flowers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the right time to remove mulch and soil that protected flowers during harsh winter conditions.

Beef producers who want to hone their management practices are invited to attend one of two workshops set for early March in north central Iowa.

Farmers in the Iowa City area who are interested in growing giant Miscanthus as a biomass fuel are invited to attend an informational meeting March 2 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Johnson County.

Feng Zhang is proof that the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa can be a scientific springboard. Zhang has emerged as one of the world’s most impressive new scientific minds thanks to groundbreaking human genome research that could lead to solutions for a number of health problems that plague modern society.

Swine facility managers can determine the approximate level of energy that should be used to both heat swine in the winter and keep them cool in warmer months using benchmarks in a new extension publication.

"Managing the N Factor," a web-based tool that highlights practices available to improve the quality of water throughout the state, was launched last week by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Guidelines for choosing the correct vaccination program and a timeline for giving those vaccines are laid out in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support those changes can come more easily. “Words on Wellness,” a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years.

Pruning is the selective removal of specific plant parts for the benefit of the whole plant. Pruning shows both the art and science of horticulture. Knowing exactly when to prune is essential when taking care of shrubs to ensure a successful growth.

According to the Administration for Children and Families, more than 7,000 Iowa children under age 6 are experiencing homelessness.

As two Iowa ethanol production plants start their operations, they present an opportunity for producers to participate in a newly developing corn stover supply chain.

Even with unfavorable winter weather conditions, researchers, faculty members, producers, students and policymakers from across the nation came together to discuss the pressing issues surrounding soil health. 

Members of the food industry who want to be trained in the Food Safety system under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act should consider attending the three-day training course on basic preventive controls.