Kendall Evans
Organizational Advancement


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As diabetes becomes more widespread, including among Iowa’s rural Latino population, the need for education and prevention assistance is increasing. Sarah Francis, a human sciences state specialist in nutrition and wellness, and associate professor at Iowa State University, saw this need and created “Latinos Living Well.”

Blueberries are attractive shrubs with flowers in spring, edible berries in summer and fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange and red. Blueberries can be grown in any home garden but there are some special growing needs that must be met.

Parenting is an important and sometimes scary job, especially for new parents. “Just in Time Parenting,” a free email newsletter from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers parents reliable, researched-based information to help children grow well mentally, emotionally, physically and socially.

Strawberries are well suited for any home garden. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring is one of the best times to plant strawberries in Iowa and knowing when to plant and how to grow and maintain the strawberries is key to producing a successful crop. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give tips and suggestions on planting, growing and maintaining strawberries in Iowa.

The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 11 Midwestern states.

Standing in front of a mass of tangled grapevines and wondering what to do can be a scary experience for the novice or even the more experienced gardener. Pruning grapes becomes easier after understanding the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine.

For at least 100 years Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with the Iowa Department of Education and the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services to offer continuing education summer sessions. Seven workshops on the Iowa State campus this summer cover topics ranging from food safety to financial management practices in child nutrition programs.

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support those changes can come more easily. “Words on Wellness,” a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years.

Pruning is the selective removal of specific plant parts for the benefit of the whole plant. Pruning shows both the art and science of horticulture. Knowing exactly when to prune is essential when taking care of shrubs to ensure a successful growth.

With spring just around the corner, fruit tree owners should start to think about the care of their trees and this year’s fruit crop. The key to a good fruit set is to provide conditions favorable for flower bud formation, survival and pollination. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach share tips and practices that improve a tree’s ability to begin and continue to bear fruit.