Laura Sternweis
ISU Extension and Outreach

Organizational Advancement
515-294-0775
lsternwe@iastate.edu

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Thirteen teams of youth in grades 5-12 competed in the 2014 4-H Cook This! Final Culinary Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. Winners have been announced in three age divisions.

Considering the high cost of health insurance, farm families should become familiar with changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in family finance discuss the implications for farm families in the August issue of Ag Decision Maker.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

Now is prime time to establish a lawn from seed. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on selecting seed and planting a new lawn, as well as overseeding an existing lawn.

Iowa State University is beginning a 16-week online course on organic agriculture for producers who are interested in learning about the latest techniques for transitioning into organic farming, or improving their existing organic operations.

Today a new cell phone often is at the top of the back-to-school list, but do kids really need cell phones? Family life specialists discuss the issue this month in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Specialty crop growers interested in food safety certification and risk management for their farms should plan to attend a Mock GAP Audit Workshop Aug. 26 in Cedar Rapids.

4-H teen leaders will be helping youth through a new interactive Commodity Carnival game that will be featured at the Iowa State Fair and eight county fairs in Iowa.

Every year children die from being left in hot cars, but this tragedy can be prevented. Parents and caregivers need to set up a system that reduces the risk, says Malisa Rader, an ISU Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.