The key to good fruit set is to provide conditions favorable for flower bud formation, survival and pollination. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach share cultural practices that improve a tree’s ability to begin and continue to bear fruit.
The Iowa Ag Development Division, in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices, is offering two-hour classes for individuals interested in learning more about low interest loans for beginning farmers and Iowa tax credits for farmers who hire a beginning farmer for custom work.
Women need to prepare throughout their lives if they wish to become financially secure and independent in their later years. The Money Talk program from ISU Extension and Outreach helps women make informed financial decisions.
While the weather outside is currently cold and snowy, spring isn’t far away. This is a great time to get a jump-start on spring planting by germinating seeds and starting flower and vegetable plants indoors.
Timothy O. Borich will be retiring as director of the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program, as well as associate dean for extension and outreach within the ISU College of Design, effective Sept. 3. He will remain at Iowa State part-time as an associate professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning.
Iowa State University helped develop an app that makes it easier to meet state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements. Extension and Outreach is working with developers to improve the app's usefulness and features.
More than 80 participants attended the 2015 State 4-H Volunteer Retreat at Iowa State University. Volunteers, staff, parents and intermediate and senior 4-H members came together to share ideas and learn about innovative curricula to improve 4-H Youth Development programs.
Right now, the weather outside is cold and the ground is inhospitable to plants. However, this is an excellent time to begin growing seedlings indoors that can be transplanted outside for successful growth in spring.
Iowans have a resource to help them connect to local food producers in their area. The directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2015 Statewide List of CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa, is available from ISU Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
While mild winter weather is a pleasant surprise, it can have negative effects on plants that bloom ahead of schedule. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the proper way to care for spring-flowering bulbs in winter.
The Lambing Time Workshop will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. ISU Extension and Outreach discussion leaders are Dan Morrical, sheep specialist, Joe Sellers, livestock specialist and Ben Stokes, ISU sheep teaching farm manager.
Dr. Christopher Rademacher joined the faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the Swine Extension Veterinarian in December. He joins Dr. Jan Shearer, dairy, and Dr. Grant Dewell, beef, on the ISU Extension and Outreach veterinarian team. Shearer and Dewell are also Iowa State faculty.
In a new podcast series, titled “Conservation Chat,” Jacqueline Comito, director of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! programs, holds casual conversations with Iowans about aspects of conservation. The first guests are Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Mills County farmer Steve McGrew.