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Emerald ash borer has been positively identified from a tree in central rural Louisa County. This exotic pest kills several species of ash and is considered one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. Iowa now has 32 counties with confirmed infestations.  

The Professional Horseman’s Field Day at Iowa State University’s Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, Ames, begins at 2 p.m. June 20.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Tama County NRCS, will host a pasture walk on Tuesday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Eric Werner farm southeast of Vining.

Three Iowa State University students will intern with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach’s Heddleson Internship program. The internships provide students with hands-on experience connected to their programs of study and prepare them for a career in extension or community outreach.

Field days provide opportunity for gardeners to learn about year’s garden themes - donating produce to food banks and planting for pollinators. 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food safety specialists will be providing free agricultural water food safety testing for up to 100 hobby gardeners and very small fruit and vegetable producers in Iowa for an upcoming ISU Extension and Outreach research project.

Watershed partners will host a a cover crop and soil health field day June 16,  5-8:00 p.m. at Tom and Anita Wall’s farm in rural Iowa City.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food safety specialists need Iowans' help in acquiring samples of aronia berry jam and jelly for an upcoming ISU Extension and Outreach research project.

ISU Research and Demonstration Farm research is being conducted on crops and soil health, cover crops, water quality and drainage. They host field days to give the public a chance to see research projects in progress and to meet those involved in the research.

Creativity and teamwork have garnered a unique honor for Iowa State University and the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau. This university-community partnership received the Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award during the opening ceremony of the international education program’s World Finals in Ames.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crop field day Wednesday, June 15, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Kelly and Irene Tobin’s farm, in rural New Market.

The sycamore tree is one of Iowa’s largest trees, found mainly in the eastern and southern parts of the state. It’s a great tree to have on a landscape, but it can run into problems.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will provide FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food Training June 13-15, 2016 on the Iowa State campus.

The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture will be hosting a pair of open houses to provide information and stimulate discussion about hop production in Iowa.

Forgoing mowing in spring and delaying summer mowing allows sufficient time for Iowa’s breeding pheasants, quail, meadowlarks and 16 other common species of grassland-nesting birds to raise their young in nests they build during this time of the year.

A weed and brush management field day June 22 will look at crops following cover crops and the latest on handling area weed pressures.

A June 21 weed and brush field day will focus on control of  Sericea Lespedeza, a prevalent weed in southern Iowa that is becoming a bigger issue for producers.

Beneficial insects that will help battle the emerald ash borer, a highly destructive pest of ash trees, will be released in Jefferson County. Over the next few weeks several thousand stingless, parasitic wasps will be released at Whitham Woods near Fairfield, Iowa. This is the first release of the natural enemies of EAB in Iowa.

The 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop will highlight the latest information on reproductive technologies in beef cattle.