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Summer is prime time for being outdoors, enjoying lawns and landscapes and making the most of the warmest months of the year. Crabgrass can ruin some of that fun by damaging a landscape’s appearance and overall feel.

Beneficial insects will be introduced next week at Mount Hosmer City Park in Lansing for the biocontrol of emerald ash borer. This control approach known as biological control reunites natural enemies with an invasive pest, in this case to help suppress EAB populations.

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 Aug. 26.

Because of increasing interest in grape production, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has reproduced and updated its popular publication on grape cultivars.

Iowa State University will host the 2016 ISU Veterans in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Conference on Monday, Aug. 22. The conference is called “Common Ground: Creating Dialog and Action,” and will provide veterans, their families, service providers and policy makers an opportunity to learn and network.

The longstanding annual Weed Identification Contest will take place once again this year at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. in front of the John Deere Agriculture Building.

The school garden program in Wapello County, thriving at two Ottumwa elementary schools, is an investment in healthier kids.

The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop is Sept. 7-8 in Des Moines. Register by Aug. 8 to get the early registration discount. The workshop is designed for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students and extension personnel.

The production of melon, from site selection and planting to harvesting, is covered in the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Commercial Melon Production."

Iowa’s annual Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5-6. This annual event, in which no sales tax is charged on clothing and footwear items priced under $100, is now fairly routine, but that does not mean that consumers are well-prepared, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

 The ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team has developed a series of budgets to help dairy producers understand their current financial situation and determine the profitability of their operation.

Forty-two Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 30. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties.

Garden phlox is a beautiful way to add color to the garden in perennial fashion. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions regarding garden phlox and keep it a valuable part of the garden landscape.

Gardeners who want to become an Iowa Master Gardener should complete the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.

As the popular C6 BioFarm game suite enters its second year, improvements have made it more realistic and more valuable for its players. New developments will enhance players’ enjoyment while also creating a more complete picture about the ups and downs of production agriculture.

Iowa Learning Farm, in partnership with Clean Water Alliance and Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District, will hold a soil health and cover crop field day near Lake Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Jared and Mary Herbert farm.

With over half of Iowa’s farmland under some form of lease agreement, leasing is a key issue for the state’s tenants and landowners. Because of this prominence, ISU Extension and Outreach has made leasing a key component to its educational efforts.

Although they may not have heard about ALICE, nearly a third of Iowans every day are living what she represents: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ISU Extension and Outreach can provide information and education to help Iowans evaluate alternatives when they’re faced with difficult financial choices.
 

To help community leaders and business owners make the most of their local bike trails, the Hotel Pattee in Perry has been hosting the Bike Trail Tourism Conference for the past three years, organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Community Economic Development unit.