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May 4, 2012 11:29 AM

Students and teachers are celebrating the end of another school year, but time away from the classroom can have a negative impact on children’s academic progress. While some children are able to maintain school learning during the summer, others can take weeks or even months to recover from summer learning loss when they go back to school in the fall.

May 3, 2012 04:31 PM

Based upon the newly released data for 2012 Mother's Day retail sales by the National Retail Federation (NRF), Ron Prescott projects that Iowa retailers should see an increase in sales.

May 3, 2012 01:14 PM

Spring is in the air, which also brings nesting time for Iowa’s songbirds. While many homeowners enjoy seeing and feeding the birds, it can be disconcerting for homeowners who have birds fly into glass doors or windows again and again. An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist offers suggestions for dealing with this problem.

May 3, 2012 12:39 PM

Anyone who is involved with the rental market for Iowa farmland knows that rental rates have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices that farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2012.

May 3, 2012 12:24 PM

Communities and youth across the state have benefitted from Reach Out Iowa, a program that empowers youth to make a difference in their communities. This year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, Iowa’s top two youth volunteers for 2012. Both De Weerd and Jorgensen were part of their local 4-H clubs, and are completing their projects with Reach Out Iowa.

May 3, 2012 10:12 AM

A three-day, three-state beef production bus tour is planned for July 16-18. Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is working with agribusinesses to plan and host the trip through southern Iowa, northern Missouri and southern Illinois.

May 2, 2012 02:34 PM

Proper care of roses from planting through pruning will show them off to their best advantage. To confront insect and disease problems in roses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists say to correctly identify the pest and use appropriate control measures. 

May 1, 2012 12:55 PM

Beef producers interested in learning how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources will want to consider attending the popular southern Iowa Greenhorn Grazing series. The first session will be held May 24.

May 1, 2012 11:41 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will participate in the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., this summer.

May 1, 2012 09:34 AM

USDA Rural Development and other lending agencies require first-time homebuyers to complete education from a certified provider to qualify for the agency’s rural housing loans. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers an online course, A Place of Your Own, to meet this need.

May 1, 2012 08:54 AM

How parents handle their divorce affects how well their children will adapt to life with mom and life with dad. This month’s Science of Parenting podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach examines what parents can do to help their children live through divorce.

April 30, 2012 11:10 AM

Each summer, campers from all over the state visit the Iowa 4-H Center for a week of camp fun. This year, youth enrolled in two camps, Everything Camp and Counselors in Training Camp, will have the opportunity to participate in a research study conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach targeted toward lowering childhood obesity in the state.

April 30, 2012 10:53 AM

The National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation are supporting 4-H Healthy Living programs across the country through Walmart Foundation Healthy Living Youth Voice, Youth Choice grants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has received one of the 15 state grants and is using a portion of the money to provide mini-grants to Master Gardeners and 4-H youth to develop partnerships at the county level.

April 27, 2012 09:27 AM

Great numbers of fuzzy brown moths made an appearance in Iowa this week, with many specimens and photos submitted to the insect diagnostic clinic. Affectionately referred to as FBMs by entomologists, they are a nuisance, but they will not cause damage to plants.

April 26, 2012 01:12 PM

Learn how to emulate nature with permaculture during the May 3 Virtual Eco Family Conference taught by Fred Meyer, chair and executive director of Backyard Abundance. Meyer will teach about the principles of permaculture and how to mimic nature to produce food in small spaces.

April 26, 2012 09:20 AM

Gardeners selecting and planting warm-season crops may include hills of watermelon and muskmelon along with rows of produce. Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialists offer planting tips and describe muskmelon and watermelon variety choices for Iowa.

April 26, 2012 08:45 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is growing strong families in southern Iowa, and now has the credential to prove it. The Growing Strong Families Program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential from the Iowa Department of Management and Public Health. The program is a comprehensive family experience for expectant parents as well as parents and caregivers of children from birth through age 5.

April 25, 2012 03:38 PM

Buena Vista, Lee and Van Buren counties have added their 4-H history to Iowa 4-H History by County, a blog detailing the history of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development. Information also is available about Iowa 4-H legend C.J. Gauger and National 4-H Conference.

April 24, 2012 04:14 PM

Warm spring weather brings out many critters, including some that homeowners may not like to see in their yards — snakes. While there is no 100-percent effective snake deterrent, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has tips on making a home landscape as “snake-free” as possible.

April 23, 2012 03:32 PM

Chad Ingels, a watershed specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, helps farmers organize and secure funding for watershed groups. He also provides technical expertise and education on agronomic practices and environmental performance measures the farmers want to implement. What he doesn’t do is tell them what to do.

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