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Seven hundred students are expected to exhibit their projects at the State Science + Technology Fair of Iowa, March 30-31 at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommends that farmers use a number of soil and water conservation best management practices to reduce nutrient loss into waterways. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers if they were using or considering use of many of those practices.

The 2017 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey provides rates for custom work in the following categories: tillage, planting, drilling, seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

John Lawrence, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of extension and outreach, has been named interim vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR), designed to combat water quality challenges in places like the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basin, and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), which sets aside 300,000 acres for wetland restoration and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat across the country -  are new additions to the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program.

Filter strips and soil health are topics of the April 13 workshop hosted by Iowa Learning Farms and the Rapid Creek Watershed Project. The evening workshop will be held in Morse.

John Lawrence, associate dean for Extension Programs and Outreach and director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension at Iowa State University, spent Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. talking about the future of family farms.

The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

Spring is here, and hostas are a popular part of outdoor landscaping plans. They are easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing them must be followed in order to ensure optimal performance.

Joy Westercamp, Van Buren County; Scott Magnuson, Worth County; Zachary Mass, Mills County; Jessica Bigelow, Polk County; and Landra Reece, Boone County, will represent the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program at National 4-H Conference.

Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

ISU Extension and Outreach's Community and Economic Development program and Iowa State students worked together to help two northwest Iowa communities become more age-friendly and serve an aging population group.

Wallaces Farmer and Iowa Master Farmers presented their Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award to two Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field specialists - Clarke McGrath and Steve Johnson.

A project assessing the impact of mycotoxins – toxic chemicals produced by fungi found in food crops  is slated to begin mid-March. Little research has been undertaken on this issue in Rwanda, and the hope is to gain knowledge needed to help quantify the amount of mycotoxins found in the food chain.

Iowa families have a new way to find a 4-H club. By clicking on the 4-H section of their Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county website and then the “Join 4-H” link, they can see an interactive map that shows all the 4-H clubs in their county.

On-Farm workshop will cover unique management techniques of calving in hoop barns. ISU Extension and Outreach and local farmer will share experiences and research related to hoop barn calving.

Producers interested in learning more about cover crops and how to successfully incorporate their use in both stocker cattle and cow-calf operations are invited to two field day events in northwest Iowa on Tuesday, April 11.

Several themed 4-H summer camps for youth grades 4-12 will give youth the opportunity to meet other students from around the state who share their interests, while experiencing a high quality educational program.