This month’s guest speaker is Tom Kaspar who will present “Reaching the Full Potential of Cover Crops in Iowa.”

The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm has a new manager and a new staff member.

Producers interested in retail sales at farmers markets and food stores will learn how Iowa State research experts are helping growers with their crop management, profitability and quality of produce.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides nutritional information, number of calories associated with food items, and amount of physical activity needed to burn off the tasty treats for the Des Moines Register Iowa State Fair Food Finder app.

Visitors to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13-23, will find all kinds of interesting and fun exhibits and events taking place in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building.

Creating a beautiful, functioning landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place at the right time. As the seasons begin to change it’s important to think about what plants should be planted when. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists describe the correct plants and care to give for late summer and early fall plantings.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers free online Food Safety Training for farmers market vendors and managers, as well as in-depth Good Agricultural Practices training.

Two new publications, "Fall Tips to Ensure a Healthy Green Yard in the Spring" and "Selecting a Grass Species for Iowa Lawns," include many tips for selecting a grass species and keeping it green and healthy.

Teaching teens about money management is only the beginning of their financial education. They need to apply that knowledge to build the skills that will help them develop positive financial habits. That’s why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps make the High School Financial Planning Program available in Iowa.

Allie Lansman, a youth ambassador for the National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team, was featured on the Biggest Loser show last fall for her efforts in helping young people have healthier lives. She will be Iowa State's special guest at the Varied Industries Building Aug. 15 and Aug. 17.

Those that fly, crawl, slither and leap will have their days at the Iowa State University exhibit, “Camp Cy – A Statewide Adventure,” in the Varied Industries Building at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Camp Cy takes place under cardinal and gold tent tops where special guests and activities will showcase the many ways ISU Extension and Outreach is Iowans’ 99-county campus.

Three new resources have been developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help Iowa corn and soybean producers calculate Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2014 and 2015 crop years.

Two and a half years ago, Erika Lundy began working at the Iowa Beef Center as an Iowa State graduate student focusing on feedlot nutrition. Eight weeks ago she started working for IBC as the center’s new extension program specialist. She is excited to put her education and experience to work for Iowa beef producers.

The potato is one of the most important vegetable crops in the world and a popular plant in any home garden. However, there’s a lot to know about growing and storing potatoes properly. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists have some tips on how to grow and store potatoes.

The Robotic Raiders, a team consisting of talented sixth and seventh grade 4-H’ers, are excited to introduce their game “Cyclone Survivor”, this year at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. 

Iowa State University students are given the opportunity to experience ISU Extension and Outreach through the Heddleson Internship Program. Three students were selected this year to be Heddleson interns, including sophomore in event management and apparel merchandising, Raeann Hanlon.

The science of auto racing and a fast time behind the wheel await some Iowa 4-H youth July 30. Approximately 30 youth will learn about science, technology, engineering and math in NASCAR and challenge NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace to a go cart race.

With help from ISU Extension and Outreach groups, community gardens, including a large one at Mulford Evangelical Free Church, are taking root across the Muscatine community.

The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in the spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing session. If given a good site and the right care, an established peony will flower for many years. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide helpful instructions on how to care for peonies all throughout the year.