March 13, 2013 09:28 PM

Early spring is a great time for amending the garden soil, and getting it prepared for the upcoming growing season. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talk about changes to soil pH when adding ashes and lime to gardens, soil core aerification and soil testing.

March 12, 2013 01:13 PM

Gardeners can learn how to start annual flowers and vegetables at home and to enjoy them earlier in the growing season with Starting Garden Transplants at Home (PM 0874), an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

March 12, 2013 01:10 PM

Mushroom hunters who would like to legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa must complete a morel mushroom certification workshop. The workshop will be offered at three locations in March and April.

March 11, 2013 10:20 AM

Daniel Barker, assistant scientist with the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University, will discuss nitrogen sensing technology during the Iowa Learning Farms’ free monthly webinar,  Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. A computer with Internet access is all that is needed to participate.

March 11, 2013 09:55 AM

Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crops workshop, along with the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buzzy’s Pizza in Welton. The workshop will focus on cover crops for feed, soil and nutrient management. 

March 11, 2013 09:29 AM

Judges are needed for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa and FFA Agriscience Fair. The competitions will be held in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University on April 5.

March 11, 2013 09:12 AM

Iowa Learning Farms will host a field day, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk Marsh State Game Management Area, Lake View. The field day will focus on cover management. 

March 7, 2013 04:41 PM

Local 4-H camping programs are strong and growing across Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to high quality 4-H camping programs.

March 7, 2013 01:47 PM

Iowans will have a chance to form partnerships and network with other local food enthusiasts at an upcoming conference, “Road Map for Resilience: Empowering Iowa’s Local Food Economy,” at the ISU Scheman Building on March 19-20.

March 7, 2013 01:41 PM

A field day focusing on cover crops for row crop systems will be held Tuesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dustin Kaestner farm near Luzerne. The field day site is located at Kaestner Seeds, 7381 16th Ave., Luzerne. The event is free, open to the public and includes a complimentary lunch.

March 7, 2013 10:23 AM

School teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, county and regional extension programs, and other organizations delivering STEM educational programs can apply to bring one or more of the nine specially selected programs into a club or classroom during 2013-14.

March 7, 2013 09:55 AM

Parents often greet a new baby with stuffed animals, dolls and other toys, all given in anticipation of the play that is to come. During March, learn about the power of play for children of all ages in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State UniversityExtension and Outreach.

March 6, 2013 07:42 PM

Starting vegetables at home can be fun and offers several advantages. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about starting cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedlings and selecting varieties.

March 5, 2013 03:14 PM

Researchers will share information on the cover crop topic at a workshop Friday, April 5 in Mason City. Iowa State University and USDA-National Laboratory for Agriculture and Environment will hold the workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Iowa Events Center, 3700 4th Street SW, Mason City.

March 4, 2013 11:44 AM

USDA Rural Development and other lending agencies require first-time homebuyers to complete education from a certified provider to qualify for the agency’s rural housing loans. To meet this need, ISU Extension and Outreach offers A Place of Your Own, an online homebuyer education course,

February 28, 2013 09:07 AM

A Biomass Crop Production Workshop will look at reasons for increased interest in biomass crops for energy in Iowa. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 19, at the Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City, Iowa.

February 27, 2013 02:27 PM

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about grape pruning that will give the pruner a spirit of learning and adventure, not panic.

February 27, 2013 01:42 PM

Ongoing effects from the drought may hit closer to home with possible water shortages this year across the state. Iowans can prepare by finding simple ways to conserve water in their own homes.

February 26, 2013 03:52 PM

Iowans can beat the winter blues with the Eco Family Virtual Conference. Families can save money on household expenses, spend quality time together and live green in 2013 by participating in the conference, said Kristi Cooper, conference organizer and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 26, 2013 03:35 PM

Iowa farmers rely primarily on agribusinesses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and state agencies for their information needs, according to the 2012 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

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