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December 21, 2016

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be.

December 21, 2016

The market for livestock has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few years. Strong prices during 2014 and early 2015 have given way to lower prices that are more in line with what producers saw from 2010-13, says Lee Schulz, livestock economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

December 13, 2016

During the holiday season, Christmas trees make appearances across Iowa and across the nation as part of the season’s celebration. But there’s plenty to learn about these popular trees.

December 2, 2016

Simple holidays that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible according to Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She says a $10 limit per person is possible by carefully planning holiday spending.

November 23, 2016

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2017.

November 17, 2016

Strawberry plants can provide a delicious bounty of fruit, year after year. But to keep them coming back, some prewinter care and preparation is required. What must be done during fall to ready strawberry beds for a cold-weather blast?

November 7, 2016

Houseplants provide much-needed beauty and color to a home during winter’s cold blast, but they do require some special care to keep them vibrant during freezing temperatures, even inside. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for caring for houseplants in winter.

November 7, 2016

A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests planning ahead to make the most of these visits.

November 1, 2016

The 2015 median household income in rural Iowa was $60,223, almost 11 percent higher than urban incomes ($51,705). Rural Iowans also have become wealthier than rural residents in other states.

November 1, 2016

Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Farenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall.

November 1, 2016

Fall brings with it beautiful colors across the state. Most identify trees with those spectacular vistas, but ornamental grasses also can provide great color for landscapes.

October 25, 2016

The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth.

October 25, 2016

Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. Since 2007, 30 schools in Iowa have formed farm to school chapters, and others participate in related activities throughout the year, such as the Great Apple Crunch in October or after school snack programs.

October 18, 2016

While farmers work in the fields to harvest their crops, home gardeners can do the same. With luck there’s more than anyone can use in a week or two, which means storage is needed.

October 12, 2016

Fall has arrived in Iowa, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring flowers. Now is the time to act and prepare for spring-flowering bulbs, be it inside or outside, this fall and winter.

October 12, 2016

Providing care for aging parents, a spouse or loved one, or other family members can be a stressful responsibility and overwhelming experience. ISU Extension and Outreach offers “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” to help family caregivers find the support they need.

September 28, 2016

This is the time of year when oversized, tall equipment such as portable grain augers and combines are moved from place to place on the farmstead, ISU Extension and Outreach wants to remind everyone to look up and avoid contact with power lines to prevent farm injuries and deaths.

September 20, 2016

Sept. 18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants farmers to focus their attention on potential slips and falls, which can be linked to serious injuries.

September 20, 2016

Fall is the right time to plant, dig and divide lilies for optimal performance in spring. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain what to do now to help lilies reach their full potential.

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