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Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Kristi Cooper, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The SowBridge distance education program begins its ninth year in February 2017 and Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said continuing suggestions from subscribers help maintain the program’s value.

The 11th year of the PorkBridge distance education series begins Feb. 2, 2017. This low-tech program features topics presented by recognized industry experts.

Staff awards were presented at the 2016 Youth Fest, the Iowa 4-H staff annual statewide professional development meeting in Ames.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Tuesday, Feb. 7.
 

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be.

A summer internship with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach allowed Callie Chambers to take what she learned at Iowa State University and apply it out in the real world.

The market for livestock has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few years. Strong prices during 2014 and early 2015 have given way to lower prices that are more in line with what producers saw from 2010-13, says Lee Schulz, livestock economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau has approved recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2017, in Ankeny.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series.

Iowans engaged in local food systems development are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Third Annual Celebration in Ames on Friday, Jan.13. The event is free and open to the public.

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

An online course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help producers understand the process of transitioning to organic agriculture. The 16-week course begins Jan. 10, 2017.

Make 2017 the year to pay special attention to diversity and inclusion, says human sciences specialist Malisa Rader. She says Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering a new curriculum for agencies, businesses and groups interested in promoting feelings of inclusion.

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. This year’s conference, set for Jan. 28, 2017, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2017, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the leading beef cattle land-grant universities in the U.S. as well as other industry experts.

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. The series will be offered at 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-27. Continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification will be offered.

The second annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held Feb. 11, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm will be the featured speaker along with a wide variety of track options and a trade show.