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The cover crop and soil health field day Thursday, June 16 will be held at the Timber Frame Lodge off the Lake Macbride Trail, in Solon. The field day is hosted by Iowa Learning Farms in partnership with the Rapid Creek Watershed Project and Iowa Soybean Association.

The local foods field day is a boots on the ground event with tours and presentations from five organizations and producers involved in the eastern Iowa local food system.

The publication, "Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle," guides beef producers as they tailor implant strategies to meet their operation’s specific needs.

Adam Janke joined ISU Extension and Outreach as the extension wildlife specialist May 1. He also is an assistant professor in the Natural Resources Ecology and Management department.

Hugo Ramirez has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff as a dairy specialist. Ramirez will also serve as an assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University.

Officially, summer doesn’t begin until June 21, but Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer. With it comes the need for lawn care. It can be hot, sweaty work, but there’s no questioning its necessity.

Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. However, when parents and children engage in mealtime battles, nobody wins. Instead, parents should focus on preventing power struggles over food, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Corn Insect Workshop on Friday, July 29, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory near Boone, Iowa. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn more about corn insect pest management, and is of particular interest to crop consultants, agronomists and farmers.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the second annual Weeds Week series on herbicide resistance and weed management July 18-22. These one-day programs, tailored to farmers and retailers, will take place in five locations across Iowa: Crawfordsville, Lewis, Nashua, Sutherland and Boone.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is now offering training on “Your Money, Your Goals,” a financial empowerment toolkit that provides frontline workers with resources and tools to help their clients take steps towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.

The Iowa State University Department of Horticulture is offering a workshop on fruit spraying June 28 in Ames. The in-depth course will provide producers with information on sprayer designs, nozzle selection and sprayer calibration, which will help improve pesticide use in their orchards or vineyards.

The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School Aug. 23-25 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms June 15 webinar features Angie Carter, an environmental sociologist and an eighth generation Iowan. She studies the intersections of social change, community and the environment.

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.