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Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching.

Livestock producers will receive information from ISU Extension and Outreach on adding cover crops to annual livestock forage plans during an April 14 meeting in Mount Pleasant.

Iowa youth in grades 8-11 can explore their heritage and move towards community leadership by attending  two culturally-based youth leadership accelerators.

A trio of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will hold educational and how-to sessions as part of the Siouxland Garden Show, April 1-3 at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is looking for Master Gardener volunteers to assist with growing and harvesting fresh produce that will be given to local food banks.

Brenda Schmitt, Virgil Schmitt and the Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks team, all with ISU Extension and Outreach, were honored and recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty at the annual Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards breakfast March 10.

The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s honor society, recognized three Friends of Extension and five ISU Extension and Outreach staff members from across the state  during Epsilon Sigma Phi’s annual awards ceremony March 8 at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 11 Midwestern states.

Standing in front of a mass of tangled grapevines and wondering what to do can be a scary experience for the novice or even the more experienced gardener. Pruning grapes becomes easier after understanding the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine.

Children aren’t born knowing how to be kind or compassionate. However, these virtues can be taught, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Research suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention and has no negative effect on yield.

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available. The publication provides rates for custom work in tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

The emerald ash borer (EAB), which has already been confirmed in nearly one-third of Iowa’s counties, has been discovered in Decorah.

Cherries are a delicious fruit that can range from sweet to sour, but are always a treat. Can they be grown in Iowa? Absolutely.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnered with the Small Business Development Center and the Iowa Black Business Coalition to create the Untraditional Start-A-Thon to give Iowa minority business owners a foothold and a boost.

The next monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Liz Juchems, events coordinator with Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss a recent case study conducted by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group examining the economic value of cover crops. 

A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication discusses all aspects of potato production, beginning with choosing the correct type of potato to grow and including size of seed potatoes, spacing, fertility, pest management and post-harvest management.

Iowans who have participated in “Smart Investing@Your Library®” report improving their knowledge and abilities in setting financial goals, planning and taking action. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers these online courses that help Iowans make well-informed decisions to improve their financial future.