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April 2, 2012 09:08 AM

Giving an allowance, paying for chores, offering money as a reward for good grades: are these successful parenting strategies? How to help children develop a healthy relationship with money is up for discussion in this month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 30, 2012 01:30 PM

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars. The 2012 series titled "Garden Goodness" will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension county offices on the fourth Tuesday of the month, May through August. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.

March 29, 2012 01:39 PM

Older Iowans are getting a new lease on LIFE — Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise. Although only in its pilot phase, this Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program already is showing that older adults age 60+ can improve their flexibility and hand grip strength in just six months with appropriate aerobic exercise and resistance activity. And they’re doing it by playing video games — also known as exergaming — with college students.

March 28, 2012 02:42 PM

Home gardeners welcome daffodils as a sign of spring. However, they often have questions about when to plant and how to manage foliage after spring blooming.

March 28, 2012 02:21 PM

Gov. Terry Branstad officially signed a proclamation on Tuesday, March 27, declaring the week of March 25-31, 2012, as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week.

March 28, 2012 07:11 AM

The 2012 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held Tuesday, July 24 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. The 18-hole best ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception, meal and awards program.

March 27, 2012 12:24 PM

It’s that time of year when grocery store shelves offer an abundance of pastel-colored, wrapped candy. Communities are advertising egg hunts, in which well-meaning adults hide candy-stuffed plastic eggs in public parks for eager children to discover. In these sugar-filled times, remember moderation, said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

March 26, 2012 01:41 PM

Answers to farm safety and health questions, case studies and a calendar of farm safety related events are available on one website – eXtension.org.  Farm safety and health is the most recent community of practice, or topic area, to launch on the national research-based information and education site.

March 22, 2012 02:28 PM

The early bird discount for registration for the Iowa 4-H Center summer camp sessions is open now until April 1, says Abbie Parker, program specialist at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.

March 22, 2012 02:25 PM

Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.

March 22, 2012 09:35 AM

People who need to recertify as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors and those interested in becoming certified for the first time are invited to an upcoming joint session April 19 at Iowa State University.

March 22, 2012 07:50 AM

Getting more cover crops on Iowa farmland faces substantial challenges, despite the potential environmental and agronomic benefits, according to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. A new report based on data from the 2010 poll, Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers, is now available for free download from the ISU Extension and Outreach Online Store.

March 21, 2012 01:30 PM

Raspberries are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about raspberry varieties, planting sites and times, as well as growing blackberries in Iowa.

March 19, 2012 03:00 PM

ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialist Mark Storlie is offering a workshop on the latest version of Group Tracker, a Microsoft Excel-based software program that compiles production data into summary reports to better define business and production parameters.

March 19, 2012 10:39 AM

Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference March 24-29 in Chevy Chase, Md. Kayla Krull, Northwood; Abigail Peterson, Harcourt; Amy Prestholt, Manly; and Savannah Ruby, Greenfield, will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program.

March 19, 2012 10:12 AM

Ten counties have added their 4-H history to Iowa 4-H History by County. The history blog is a partnership of the Iowa 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Historical information is available for Audubon, Boone, Davis, Dubuque, Harrison, Kossuth, Marion, Polk, Scott and Woodbury counties.

March 19, 2012 08:37 AM

Iowans are invited to join the conversation on MoneyTip$, a new blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The blog offers posts from ISU Extension and Outreach family finance specialists on topics such as long-term goals, day-to-day financial decisions, managing credit and getting ahead.

March 16, 2012 09:46 AM

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will co-sponsor a cover crop field day at the Joe Kriegel farm near Malcom, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

March 15, 2012 09:36 AM

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a series of cover crop management field days at the five Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms across the state between March 28 and April 5, 2012.

March 15, 2012 08:11 AM

Sharpen Your Financial Coaching Skills, a course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is designed for volunteers, clergy and others working in nonprofit groups and organizations who assist people with financial management concerns. The next course begins in April at five locations in Iowa.

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