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Cherries are a delicious fruit that can range from sweet to sour, but are always a treat. Can they be grown in Iowa? Absolutely.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partnered with the Small Business Development Center and the Iowa Black Business Coalition to create the Untraditional Start-A-Thon to give Iowa minority business owners a foothold and a boost.

The next monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Liz Juchems, events coordinator with Iowa Learning Farms, will discuss a recent case study conducted by the Iowa Cover Crop Working Group examining the economic value of cover crops. 

A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication discusses all aspects of potato production, beginning with choosing the correct type of potato to grow and including size of seed potatoes, spacing, fertility, pest management and post-harvest management.

Iowans who have participated in “Smart Investing@Your Library®” report improving their knowledge and abilities in setting financial goals, planning and taking action. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers these online courses that help Iowans make well-informed decisions to improve their financial future.

Tree grafting workshop participants can learn why and how to graft fruit trees and take part in a hands-on apple tree grafting demonstration.

Gardeners are invited to apply for Iowa Master Gardener training offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. This is the first step to becoming a trained Master Gardener community volunteer.

Leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners, conservationists and others are critical to ensuring continued improvements to monarch conservation.

For at least 100 years Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with the Iowa Department of Education and the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services to offer continuing education summer sessions. Seven workshops on the Iowa State campus this summer cover topics ranging from food safety to financial management practices in child nutrition programs.

While gambling is harmless entertainment for most Iowans, gambling can lead to personal and financial problems for others. During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Iowans are encouraged to have the conversation about gambling with those they care about.

With the importance of partnerships in mind, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods team has created a series of four publications designed to help organizations measure their coalition development efforts.

Iowa Beef Center has developed software to assist sheep feedlot managers with both detailed monitoring of animal performance along with business transactions involving the sheep feeding enterprise.

It might not quite feel like it yet, but spring is just around the corner in Iowa. With it comes preparation for spring planting and flowers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the right time to remove mulch and soil that protected flowers during harsh winter conditions.

Beef producers who want to hone their management practices are invited to attend one of two workshops set for early March in north central Iowa.

Farmers in the Iowa City area who are interested in growing giant Miscanthus as a biomass fuel are invited to attend an informational meeting March 2 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Johnson County.

Feng Zhang is proof that the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa can be a scientific springboard. Zhang has emerged as one of the world’s most impressive new scientific minds thanks to groundbreaking human genome research that could lead to solutions for a number of health problems that plague modern society.

Swine facility managers can determine the approximate level of energy that should be used to both heat swine in the winter and keep them cool in warmer months using benchmarks in a new extension publication.

"Managing the N Factor," a web-based tool that highlights practices available to improve the quality of water throughout the state, was launched last week by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Guidelines for choosing the correct vaccination program and a timeline for giving those vaccines are laid out in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.