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April 25, 2014

There are many reasons to plant a tree in Iowa besides to celebrate Arbor Day on April 25, 2014. Trees conserve energy, bring beauty to the yard, attract birds and help clean the air, to name just a few. This week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.

April 25, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999. The cash rental rates survey results are available in the ISU Extension and Outreach publication Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2014 Survey.

April 22, 2014

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on growing and caring for garden mums.

April 21, 2014

This is a great hands-on opportunity to learn about your project areas!

April 15, 2014

People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” provided by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, gives participants the tools they need to address the challenges of caregiving.

April 11, 2014
Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.
April 8, 2014

The Iowa Senate has launched the centennial celebration of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Representatives from ISU Extension and Outreach took part in the event at the Iowa Capitol. Video is available with the story and from the Extension and Outreach YouTube channel, http://youtu.be/g75b0u45Qq0.  

April 8, 2014

Strawberries are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort, making them well suited to home gardens. Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa, but don’t rush to remove mulch.

April 8, 2014

“Do I have to go to church today?” How parents respond when children ask questions about religion and spirituality can impact their youngsters’ behavior. During April, learn how parents can help children as they begin asking spiritual questions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 8, 2014

On April 15 all Iowans are encouraged to wear purple to show their appreciation for military children and their families. During April, the Month of the Military Child, and throughout the year Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has resources for military families.

April 8, 2014

Producers can learn about engineering, agronomic and financial issues related to corn stover harvest in a new series of fact sheets from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 8, 2014

Children need adequate sleep to help their brains and bodies grow and develop. In April Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring an interactive webinar for parents, grandparents and teachers covering how sleep impacts children’s health and behavior.

April 4, 2014

Congratulations to the following top four individuals and alternate who have been selected to attend the 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational in Grand Island Nebraska in the Shotgun Discipline.

March 28, 2014

As tractors, combines and other farm equipment have become larger and heavier, Iowa farmers’ concerns about soil compaction and its impacts on crop yields have increased as well, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

March 25, 2014

Click here to access the handout Melissa O'Rourke refered to at the Crop Fair. 

March 21, 2014

Have questions about your baby? Wonder why your toddler bites? Want to help your school-ager with friends? Subscribe to Just in Time Parenting E- Newsletters. 

March 21, 2014

Margaret Murphy Iowa State University Extension and Horticulture Educator will be sharing how to grow your own produce, what to consider when planting a garden, and tips to have a bountiful harvest.

March 21, 2014

The idea of stress in childhood is often dismissed. No bills, no work; what’s there for young children to be stressed about? Young children, however, experience the world very differently than adults.

March 21, 2014

People have many motivations for choosing particular foods, but the most common reason is taste. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is recommending that Americans “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during March, National Nutrition Month.

March 21, 2014

Home gardeners who like a tart tasting berry or just want to grow a not-so-ordinary berry might consider planting cornelian cherries, jostaberries, honeyberries or serviceberries.

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