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It takes time and practice to establish healthy financial habits. A good time to start is April, National Financial Literacy Month, says Sandra McKinnon, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Immigrant-owned businesses are becoming more and more prevalent in Iowa. Driving through communities such as Perry, Ottumwa, Storm Lake and Marshalltown, the impact of immigrant-owned businesses in the central business district is evident. These businesses play a vital role in Iowa’s economy, contributing significantly to the local tax base.

Educators today are more aware of bullying as a problem and have measures in place to help prevent and deal with it. But no matter how good these measures are, parents and other adults can teach children useful strategies to help them cope with bullying behavior, says Barbara Dunn Swanson with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Carrots are a great part of any garden vegetable crop and an excellent addition to a homegrown garden bounty. Where do you plant them? When is the best time? Which varieties work well in this climate? 

Jay Harmon has been named the interim associate dean for extension and outreach programs and the interim director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Just like corn in Iowa, Latino and Native American youth can grow tall and strong. That’s the message of Maize, a culturally-based youth leadership accelerator from Iowa 4-H Youth Development. The third annual Maize retreat is April 21-23 for youth in grades 9-12.

Seven hundred students are expected to exhibit their projects at the State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa, March 30-31 at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommends that farmers use a number of soil and water conservation best management practices to reduce nutrient loss into waterways. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers if they were using or considering use of many of those practices.

The 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey provides rates for custom work in the following categories: tillage, planting, drilling, seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

John Lawrence, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of extension and outreach, has been named interim vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR), designed to combat water quality challenges in places like the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basin, and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), which sets aside 300,000 acres for wetland restoration and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat across the country -  are new additions to the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program.

Filter strips and soil health are topics of the April 13 workshop hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and the Rapid Creek Watershed Project. The evening workshop will be held in Morse.

John Lawrence, associate dean for Extension Programs and Outreach and director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension at Iowa State University, spent Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. talking about the future of family farms.

The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

Spring is here, and hostas are a popular part of outdoor landscaping plans. They are easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing them must be followed in order to ensure optimal performance.

Joy Westercamp, Van Buren County; Scott Magnuson, Worth County; Zachary Mass, Mills County; Jessica Bigelow, Polk County; and Landra Reece, Boone County, will represent the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program at National 4-H Conference.

Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

ISU Extension and Outreach's Community and Economic Development program and Iowa State students worked together to help two northwest Iowa communities become more age-friendly and serve an aging population group.