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Dan Anderson and Jay Harmon from Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering discuss the dangers of gases that can be released when agitating and pumping liquid manure. They offer strategies for safe agitation and ventilation.

Keeping trees healthy requires diligence, both before and after they have been planted. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has revised a publication that provides current recommendations for tree selection, planting and post-planting care.

Fall is open enrollment season for many health insurance plans. However, consumers shouldn’t rely on auto enrollment to handle this important risk management decision, says Joyce Lash, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests planning ahead to make the most of these visits.

Through “Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education),” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, local organizations, schools and Latino families are working together to identify strategies and opportunities to help youth do well in school and pursue higher education. ISU Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a training Nov. 17-18 in Cedar Rapids for people who would like to become Juntos program facilitators.

The 2015 median household income in rural Iowa was $60,223, almost 11 percent higher than urban incomes ($51,705). Rural Iowans also have become wealthier than rural residents in other states.

Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host seminars during November and December to provide participants with a concise evaluation of current market conditions, expected trends in crop and livestock income potential, and management implications.

To help meet industry need, Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has added one more Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Dry Run Creek Watershed and Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop field day Thursday, Nov. 17. The 12-2 p.m. field day near Cedar Falls is free and open to the public

ISU Extension and Outreach event will feature both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities for youth and adults.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop grazing field day Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Kellie and AJ Blair’s farm, rural Dayton.

Fall brings with it beautiful colors across the state. Most identify trees with those spectacular vistas, but ornamental grasses also can provide great color for landscapes.

Iowan Bob Petrzelka recently was elected north central region president of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. He has been a delegate to this national grassroots organization since 2013, representing Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Registration remains open for 16th annual Iowa Organic Conference to be held Nov. 13-14 in Iowa City.

The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases.

The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth.

Highlights of the Integrated Crop Management Conference Nov. 30-Dec. 1 will be guest speakers, multiple sessions each hour and the opportunity to network with others in the agriculture industry.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a $1.1 million grant to Iowa State University in an effort to help Iowa fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations.