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With the slightest breeze, shade and ornamental trees send a shower of leaves to carpet the lawn, drive and sidewalk. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer homeowners’ questions as they decide how to deal with fallen leaves.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® 2.0 Advisors at a session offered at Iowa State University by the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) on Nov. 26.

New extension beef specialist Patrick Wall will serve southeast Iowa livestock producers as their connection to Iowa State University and the Iowa Beef Center. He brings industry experience and expertise that complement and strengthen Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educational efforts to Iowa’s beef industry.

A new USDA rule requiring official identification for all interstate commerce went into effect March 11, 2013. It requires official identification and an official certificate of veterinary inspection for nearly all livestock crossing state lines for exhibitions, rodeos, shows and similar events.

Putting the garden to bed for the winter is a matter of cleaning up and covering up. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have recommendations on cutting foliage as part of fall clean up.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops to build Iowans’ health insurance literacy so they can make informed decisions and choose a health insurance policy that meets their needs. Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops are being offered throughout Iowa.

The 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference is scheduled for Nov. 17 – 18. The conference will be held in Iowa City at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop field day in Storm Lake on Nov. 1.

Post-doctoral research associate Megan Van Emon came to Iowa State University for the opportunity to work with beef-related research and with extension faculty and staff. After several months, she couldn’t imagine herself being anywhere else.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa NSF EPSCoR educational character, C6, and accompanying educational package were featured in a joint exhibit at Hilton Concourse, Oct. 4.  The pre-dinner event introduced ISU Foundation Order of the Knoll members and guests to STEM research and educational activities conducted by 4-H Youth Development, ISU Extension and Outreach's youth program.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach point out types of trees and plants that have colorful fall foliage.

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a field day on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Southeastern Community College, West Burlington. The field day will focus on use of cover crops for erosion control and soil health.

With the help of ISU Extension and Outreach, an Iowa State research team has piloted the “Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise” (or LIFE) program in several Iowa communities. The program is aimed at reaching older adults in rural areas who are isolated or do not have access to a gym.

Advances in soil-testing research has led Iowa State University Extension agronomists to revise recommendations for phosphorus, potassium and lime.

Iowa State University has joined the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international organization consisting of state/public and private higher education institutions with a broad scholarly agenda to advance university-community efforts. Consortium membership supports Iowa State’s efforts to expand the vision of outreach and engagement.

Two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer will be held in Cedar Rapids on Nov. 7. The 1 p.m. meeting is for people in the Green Industry and the 6:30 p.m. meeting is for homeowners.

There’d be no 4-H clover without heads, hearts, hands and health. But the Iowa 4-H program itself would be hard pressed to continue without volunteers.

ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with local agencies, will be offering a panel discussion on keeping children safe on Oct. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Callender. This event is free to the public.

To enjoy the beauty of daffodils in spring, gardeners must plant daffodils in the fall. There are several thousand daffodil varieties, but standard planting practices, including how to force daffodils indoors.