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Iowa pond owners have available to them a series of three video lectures designed to provide pond management strategies.

Iowans can eat healthy and stick to a tight grocery budget. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” has been helping families do so for more than seven years, and a newly designed website makes it even easier.

An online course in landscape design will be offered by Iowa State University  Nov. 28, 2016 to March 12, 2017 and will cover landscape graphics, plant materials, garden composition and garden history.

The real world of crop markets is reflected in the website Iowa Commodity Challenge, developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Farm Bureau. Website users can explore how various tools work – without putting their actual money on the table.

Farmer requests for a quick information on the developmental stages of corn and soybeans led extension specialist Mark Licht t to produce new reference materials.

Paul Havran is a veteran making his dream of owning a farm come true through help from the Beginning Farmer Center and the Veterans in Agriculture program.

Strawberry plants can provide a delicious bounty of fruit, year after year. But to keep them coming back, some pre-winter care and preparation is required. What must be done during fall to ready strawberry beds for a cold-weather blast?

Over the past two years Muscatine County has developed a Latino 4-H Club called Juntos, which means together. The club is focused on encouraging higher education and increasing leadership and team building skills in youth.

A Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) online review course is being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help individuals prepare for the next CCA examination on Feb. 3, 2017.

Flying plastic foam planes with attached cameras helped some Cedar Rapids middle schoolers experience what drones can do. The students were participating in the 4-H National Youth Science Drone Discovery Day.

Iowans may notice fewer scurrying squirrels in their yards, thanks to a late spring frost that negatively impacted hard nut production in many areas throughout the state.

The design, siting and layout of new practices currently being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage will be the focus of a workshop scheduled for Dec. 15 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

A workshop for nonprofit organizations titled "Ethical Dilemmas and Boundary Issues" will be offered Friday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 4728 Southern Hills Drive in Sioux City.
 

Ann Staudt, assistant manager of the Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss ILF’s recent research that analyzes the relationship between earthworm populations, cover crops and overall soil health during the ILF monthly webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.

Houseplants provide much-needed beauty and color to a home during winter’s cold blast, but they do require some special care to keep them vibrant during freezing temperatures, even inside. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for caring for houseplants in winter.

 On Thursday, Nov. 10, community leaders and volunteers will mark the 20th anniversary of the Iowa’s Living Roadways Program at the 2016 Annual Celebration at the Gateway Center in Ames.

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dan Anderson and Jay Harmon from Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering discuss the dangers of gases that can be released when agitating and pumping liquid manure. They offer strategies for safe agitation and ventilation.

Keeping trees healthy requires diligence, both before and after they have been planted. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has revised a publication that provides current recommendations for tree selection, planting and post-planting care.