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Mark Tomer, research soil scientist at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will be the guest presenter during the Iowa Learning Farms' webinar Oct. 16.

During National Energy Awareness Month in October, family life specialists talk about getting kids to understand the impacts of their energy use in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Nearly 200 school administrators, teachers and students from across Iowa will get together this month to strategize ways to improve the outcomes of Latino students in both high school and college.

Every generation puts its own spin on the aging process, and people today are approaching their 50s, 60s, 70s and older years differently from their parents. Mid Life & Beyond: The Whole Picture, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is helping Iowans take a closer look at how they want to age.

A one-day “Beef Facilities Conference” will be held Nov. 21 to share current research findings and discuss building management and cattle performance. The conference will be held at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The network of computers that make up the Iowa Environmental Mesonet gathers, collects, disseminates and archives weather observation data under the management of Daryl Herzmann. Thousands of people and computers access the information each day — including the National Weather Service.

A six-week challenge to improve the health of Iowa families began Monday, Sept. 23 and will continue through Nov. 1.

Tender perennials such as tuberous begonias, gladioli, cannas and dahlias will not survive Iowa's harsh winter weather outdoors and must be dug in the fall and stored indoors through the winter months.

Sara Shepherd, Julie Van Waardhuizen, Rexanne Struve and Brandi Wiig: Although their farming situations vary, these Iowa women all credit Annie’s Project with improving their ability to make sound risk management decisions.

Members of the extension crops team from Iowa State University responded to producer questions related to the late spring, dry summer and slow crop development by holding meetings in north central Iowa last week. For the benefit of those not attending the meetings, ISU Extension and Outreach has made video recordings of their presentations available online.

While gardeners are busy with late summer garden chores and arranging mums for fall displays, they should also be planning ahead for Christmas blooms. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to achieve perfectly timed Christmas cactus, poinsettia and amaryllis blooms.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a revised publication on how to protect ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer damage. Emerald Ash Borer Management Options, PM 2084, is available for free download from the Extension and Outreach Online Store.

Those interested in what’s happening in the area of beef nutrition research at Iowa State University should register by Sept. 25 for the “Beef Nutrition Research Showcase” set for Oct. 3.

Proper lawn care in the fall helps maintain a healthy, vigorous lawn and can revive a declining lawn. This year, lawn dormancy needs to be considered before completing important fall chores include mowing, fertilization, weed control and aeration.

The 2014 Annual Garden Calendar, “The Wonder of Trees,” is now available for purchase from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store.

Students do better in school when their parents are involved in their learning. In October Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring an interactive webinar for parents, grandparents and teachers with tips on how to help children and youth be successful learners.

The Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m., and features the new statewide youth campaign “Water Rocks!”

Some 1,500 Iowa farm women are among the 10,000 farm women across the country who participated in Annie’s Project. On Sept. 18, Annie’s Project celebrates 10 years of empowering farm women to be better business partners and owners.

Harvest vegetables at the right stage of maturity for nutritious, high quality produce. When properly harvested and stored, some vegetables will keep most of their original flavor and food value for months, according to horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.