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More than 30 years into his ISU Extension and Outreach career, Bob Dodds is still sharing and carrying out ideas. Now, he’s in a new position with County Services to help ISU Extension and Outreach grow for the future.

The Grassroots Grazing program for young and beginning graziers begins March 22 at the McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

Meetings postponed in February due to weather have been rescheduled, giving Iowa local foods leaders a pair of opportunities to meet together in March when Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosts two events in Ames.

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase.

The Yellow Book has been published annually since 2005 with trial results and evaluations.

With spring just around the corner, fruit tree owners should start to think about the care of their trees and this year’s fruit crop. The key to a good fruit set is to provide conditions favorable for flower bud formation, survival and pollination. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach share tips and practices that improve a tree’s ability to begin and continue to bear fruit.

Nominations are due March 15 for the 2016 Dwight Ink Public Service Award. ISU Extension and Outreach is partnering with the Department of Political Science to provide this award that recognizes public service professionals who demonstrate commitment to public service in Iowa.

Emerald ash borer, a tree-killing pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Iowa City. The discovery was made on the University of Iowa campus.

Victor Oyervides has walked the walk as an entrepreneur in both the United States and Mexico. Now he talks the talk for the Community and Economic Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Do some kids have too much stuff? Are they overinvolved in sports or dance or other activities? Knowing how much is too much often may depend on whether children also are getting enough positive interaction with the adults in their lives, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Grassroots Grazing is a three-part series at two new locations, Corning on Feb. 22 and Ames on Feb. 23. This grazing management series is designed for young and beginning graziers, although anyone interested in basic grazing management is welcome to attend

Dairy producers in northeast Iowa will learn how to improve and manage their transition cow program at the 2016 Transition Cow Field Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven Iowa locations in March.

Over the past six years, “Juntos: For a Better Education” has spread across the state of Iowa. The five-week program brings Latino parents and their children together, helping them make education and higher education a priority for their family. In 2016, the program will expand to northwest Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists are asking soybean farmers to provide yield and agronomic data specific to their soybean production fields by March 1. The data will be used for a three-year project to identify key factors that prohibit soybean farmers from obtaining yields that are potentially attainable on their respective farms.

With snow covering the ground across much of Iowa, the current winter climate isn’t hospitable for outdoor growth of flowers. But it’s the perfect time to prepare for spring by forcing bulbs indoors. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on which plants work best with this method.

The total cost of corn and soybean production in Iowa is expected to fall this year, according to a report published by Alejandro Plastina, an assistant professor in economics at Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach economist.

This fall, retailers in Marshalltown learned new ways to market their wares, while 33 interior design students from Iowa State University got a taste of designing for a diverse group of businesses.

Thanks to a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach data center, anyone with access to the Internet can quickly and easily find, use and visualize information about Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group, will host six Iowa cover crop workshops this spring. .