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The 2014 Eco Family Virtual Conference opens to participants in December, with the first online session scheduled for Jan. 2.
Christmas trees are grown in Iowa and all 50 states. There are approximately 100 choose and harvest farms in Iowa, where the top selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine and white pine.
Communities, local food networks and county extension offices have the opportunity to schedule spring 2014 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Good Agricultural Practices workshops for local growers.
Giving trees and shrubs some extra attention in the fall will help them over-winter and start spring in peak condition. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain certain practices homeowners can use to significantly reduce winter damage to trees and shrubs.
More Iowa farmers are planting cover crops late in the growing season, a practice the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy identified as one way to help protect Iowa’s water quality. Iowa's nutrient reduction plan is voluntary, which means it is not regulated. However – it is not optional.
With the slightest breeze, shade and ornamental trees send a shower of leaves to carpet the lawn, drive and sidewalk. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer homeowners’ questions as they decide how to deal with fallen leaves.