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Local Highlights

November 4, 2015

AMES, Iowa -- A new publication is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Using Accounting Software for Food Hubs: Processing Traceable Orders (LF0009) is a step-by-step tutorial based on QuickBooks Professional accounting software.market day selection of products

Food hubs facilitate food sales between farmers and customers within their local region by providing marketing, aggregation, packing, delivery and farmer support. With the rise in demand for locally grown food, the number of food hubs has grown as well, with more than 300 identified nationally and about 12 in Iowa.

October 27, 2015

NEVADA, Iowa  – A pioneer in the statewide local foods movement returns to Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to speak about his new experiences in Michigan at the quarterly meeting of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Story County Extension office, 220 H Ave. in Nevada.

Rich Pirog, senior associate director for Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems, will explore how his two decades with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University prepared him for his work in the Michigan local foods movement.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – A new publication on emerald ash borer management is now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Finding a Certified Pesticide Applicator for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment (PM 3074) is an unbiased guide to locating a certified pesticide applicator to treat ash trees before they are infested with the emerald ash borer.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Fall’s arrival brings a natural question: Even though the weather has turned cooler, how does lawn care and preparation change? Colder weather doesn’t mean lawns should be ignored. Rather, there are plenty of ways to prepare lawns for the winter ahead and optimal performance next spring.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to handle fall lawn care. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa –Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new version of the Weed Identification Field Guide, first published in 2010, to assist producers and agronomists with accurately identifying weeds in Iowa corn and soybean fields. The Weed Identification Field Guide, 2nd Edition, includes additional weed species and updated information on herbicide resistance management. The guide is now available for purchase online from the Extension Store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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