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April 23, 2012 03:05 PM

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has developed a new plastic version as a replacement for metal swine identification tags. The tags are available from Iowa practicing veterinarians and are considered official ID for both intrastate and interstate transport of swine.

April 23, 2012 01:27 PM

The 19th annual “Update for Veterinarians” will focus on topics of specific interest to beef practitioners. Register now for the  May 30 workshop at the ISU McNay Research Farm near Chariton.

April 19, 2012 01:46 PM

During the long summer months, youth can experience summer learning loss. The Iowa 4-H Center will participate in the American Camp Association (ACA) Explore 30 camp reading program to diminish the effects of learning loss on campers.

April 19, 2012 11:51 AM

There are many reasons to plant a tree besides to celebrate Arbor Day on April 27 — 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 horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.

April 19, 2012 08:39 AM

The warm, early spring weather soon will encourage vegetative growth in the nutrient-rich waters of Iowa ponds. Pond owners need to know that wherever there is sunlight, water and nutrients, there will be some sort of plant growing. Effective management involves manipulating one or more of these elements to reduce or eliminate aquatic plants.

April 18, 2012 02:25 PM

A child’s diet is largely influenced by his or her parent or guardian. Sarah Francis, an ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist, offers tips on how to be a healthy nutrition role model.

April 17, 2012 01:24 PM

Storm damage comes in many forms. Will insurance cover the damage? It depends on what caused the damage and it depends on the insurance. Timothy Griesdorn, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist, suggests reviewing insurance coverage every year to make sure it meets your needs.

April 17, 2012 11:03 AM

Educational materials developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with industry and agency partners are assisting small beef and dairy feedlot producers in their effort to decrease potential manure impacts on water quality.

April 16, 2012 03:00 PM

High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 16, 2012 01:23 PM

For answers to just about any home and family question, families have been calling AnswerLine, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach telephone hotline for more than 30 years. With a recently updated website and a new Facebook page and Twitter account, AnswerLine now has even more ways to tackle whatever questions Iowans and other AnswerLine users may have.

April 13, 2012 11:20 AM

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension have hired two agricultural specialists to expand the ISU Farmer Assisted Research and Management, or ISU FARM, project.

April 13, 2012 09:57 AM

Early spring weather sped up plant, tree and shrub growth, making them vulnerable to several nights of cold temperatures this week. Fruit plants and trees were especially hard hit by freezing temperatures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists have received many questions from gardeners concerned about damage to plants and trees.

April 11, 2012 12:02 PM

Current Issues in Nutrition, a two-part online conference from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, takes a closer look at why and how nutrition professionals can get involved with regional food systems.

April 11, 2012 11:48 AM

The Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) April 18 webinar will feature Leigh Adcock, executive director of Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN).

April 10, 2012 03:41 PM

The GIS Mapping Replication and Expansion Project, a unique partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and 4-H, was honored by the FWS and 4-H National Headquarters with the 2012 Connecting Youth with Nature through Natural Resources Conservation Education Award. Two Iowa youth, Jennifer and Benjamin Akers of Oskaloosa, were presented the award and spoke about the project within Iowa.

April 10, 2012 02:16 PM

Dan Loy, who led the Iowa Beef Center in an interim capacity for two years, has been named permanent director. Loy is just the third director for the center, which began in 1996 through a legislative mandate.

April 9, 2012 07:59 AM

Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) specialists and faculty talked about physical, chemical and biological conditions of urban streams and the implications of daily actions by individuals with respect to stream health and sustainability during the Science Center of Iowa Cafe Scientifique. The program was recorded and is available online.

April 6, 2012 11:14 AM

The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge and Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge return to the 4-H Exhibits Building for five days of competition during the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Applications for both events will be accepted until June 1, and the youth teams selected and announced July 1.

April 6, 2012 10:19 AM

Friday, April 13 is the evening to celebrate the “Year of the Bat.” Youngsters and adults can explore Iowa’s incredibly fascinating and delightfully likeable masters of the night skies – bats – from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pioneer Columbus Community Center, 2100 S.E. 5th Street in Des Moines.

April 5, 2012 02:03 PM

Today the Wellmark Foundation presented over $400,000 to three grant recipients in Central Iowa. The organizations were chosen out of 111 applicants to receive funding to implement initiatives encouraging healthy lifestyles through programs that will teach healthy behaviors to children and school and community gardens.

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