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February 28, 2014

Finding the Iowa State University swine expert you need is easier with the online listing provided by Iowa Pork Industry Center. The 21-page booklet features names, photos and contact information for more than 80 faculty and staff members with swine- and/or pork-related work responsibilities.

February 20, 2014

AMES, Iowa — In a single motion pruning demonstrates both the art and science of horticulture. Perhaps that’s why so many homeowners get nervous and postpone or ignore the task. Understanding how plants grow, why pruning is necessary and which tools to use can remove the mystery surrounding this routine practice. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer pruning questions. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at or 515-294-3108.

December 12, 2013

AMES, Iowa — Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks. The increase is similar to results of other recent Iowa farmland value surveys, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute surveys.

December 5, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are increasingly concerned about herbicide-resistant weeds and are changing their weed management practices to deal with the issue, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

October 8, 2013

AMES, Iowa—There’d be no 4-H clover without heads, hearts, hands and health. But the Iowa 4-H program itself would be hard pressed to continue without volunteers.

October 8, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The City of Cedar Rapids, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will host two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees. EAB now has been positively identified in four Iowa locations, most recently in Mechanicsville.

September 20, 2013

AMES, Iowa — While gardeners are busy with late summer garden chores and arranging mums for fall displays, they should also be planning ahead for Christmas blooms. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to achieve perfectly timed Christmas cactus, poinsettia and amaryllis blooms. To have additional questions answered, contact the horticulturists at 515-294-3108 or

September 20, 2013

AMES, Iowa — Members of the extension crops team from Iowa State University responded to producer questions related to the late spring, dry summer and slow crop development by holding meetings in north central Iowa last week.

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