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Amy Powell was recently hired to help develop an online curriculum to teach youth in 4-H about raising livestock. The new Extension and Outreach position of 4-H livestock specialist will work with Department of Animal Science professors to ensure the information is scientifically sound.

Warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are planted in the garden as small plants (transplants). Begin vegetable transplants indoors to shorten the time by several weeks between planting and harvest.

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is hosting free workshops at libraries and extension offices across the state to help Iowans better understand their health insurance options and obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
 

The heart isn’t the only organ that benefits from following a heart-healthy diet. The brain also benefits, which is important to remain strong and independent throughout life, says Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in rotations, Iowa Learning Farms has released the video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives."

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the sixth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa.

Working families with moderate or low incomes qualify for important tax credits that frequently result in substantial tax refunds. Family finance specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are educating Iowans about how to obtain these credits.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach guide gardeners through the process of apple tree grafting by responding to questions and offering workshops.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer a two-day facilitator training in March to prepare more individuals to implement the Juntos program in their community. Juntos gives Latino parents and teens knowledge, skills and resources that help parents get involved and provide academic support for their child - which leads to high school graduation and exploration of higher education.

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering two meetings for producers wanting to learn more about genomic-enhanced EPDs, how to implement $Value Indexes into selection methods, and estrus synchronization program options.

Iowa State University's Jay Harmon offers pork producers some tips for conserving propane this winter.

Jamie Benning has been hired as water quality program manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As an extension agronomist the past 13 years she has led multi-state water quality projects, supported farmer-led watershed initiatives and conducted agronomic research.

The five-year Iowa Learning Farms project is commemorating 10 years in 2014.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about growing onions. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3108.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a two-day crop production short course Feb. 18-19 focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management. Registration is limited to 40 participants; pre-registration is required and must be made by Feb. 11.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a Field Crop Scout School on Saturday, March 8 at the Scheman Continuing Education Building and a supplemental field scouting basics class in May at the Field Extension Education Laboratory.

If planning for next year’s garden includes finding new plants for shady areas, consider the recommendations of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists while paging through and ordering from garden catalogs this winter.

The successful pork industry distance education programs SowBridge and PorkBridge are scheduled to begin in early February. Registrations are still being accepted.

Crop producers are faced with new grain storage issues as they store increasing amounts of grain for local processing, sometimes storing grain for a full year. A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field and campus specialists is working to meet the informational needs farmers have related to grain storage.