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Master Gardeners Offer Three Growing Season Webcasts

10 hours 28 min ago

The Iowa Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about urban tree selection, gardening with youth and landscaping for wildlife.

Iowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:18
Deck:  Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa Author(s):  Jennie Savits Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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Iowa Wine Month celebrates $420 million impact on the state of Iowa.

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A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars

Growing Grapes in the Home Garden


Pruning Grapevines

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Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:23
Deck:  Statewide audit provides first look at Iowa’s horticulture industry in over a decade Author(s):  Arlene Enderton Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

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Local Foods Team
 
Sustainable Vegetable Production
 
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agricutlure

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Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:23

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

Iowa Schools Have New Resource for Farm to School Efforts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:42
Deck:  National Farm to School Network selects ISU Extension and Outreach as Iowa core partner Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa’s nearly 350 school districts serving 500,000 students can more easily expand efforts that connect children to locally sourced foods through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and a national network of farm to school resources and practitioners.

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Iowa State Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Our work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Yard and Garden: Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:45

Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.

Local Farm Business Used FSA Loan Opportunity to Startup

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:10
Deck:  KioGreen Produce and Pond Supplies makes use of FSA Microloan Program Author(s):  Marsha Laux Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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KoiGreen Produce and Pond Supplies, located in Ogden, Iowa, uses the water from their ponds stocked with koi fish to water the produce they grow and sell. KoiGreen was able to start its business and purchase many necessary items for its pond thanks to an USDA Farm Service Agency microloan.

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ISU Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related or rural businesses in Iowa. Whether it’s a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business. The Value Added Ag Program has been key in helping move Iowa farmers forward with bigger gains and better returns. It’s not just a job. It’s your life. Let us make it a little easier.
 
United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency

 

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Food and Farm Policy is Focus of Public Meeting May 25 in Polk City

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 14:13
Deck:  Anyone interested in food systems is invited to learn about local, state and federal farm policy. Author(s):  Lynn Heuss Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Local, state and national legislative policies with a significant impact on the ability to develop thriving, sustainable local food systems in Iowa will be the focus of the May 25 meeting.

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Regional Food Systems Working Group
 
Local Foods Program, ISU Extension and Outreach
The mission of the Local Foods Program is to support resilient food systems and healthy communities through research, education and community engagement with diverse partners. Program work focuses on four main strategies: beginning farmer support, economic development, community development and evaluation.

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Yard and Garden: Constructing a Grape or Raspberry Trellis

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:40

Grapes and raspberries can be grown in the back yard, with a little bit of ingenuity and work. Creating a trellis to support the plants in a home garden is within the means of most gardeners, with a little bit of effort.

Planting for Pollinators Earns Search for Excellence Award

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 04:50

The Linn County Master Gardeners have received the Search for Excellence award for the Planting for Pollinators program. The Search for Excellence award is given annually by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

Yard and Garden: Caring for and Harvesting Rhubarb

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 05:50

Rhubarb is a popular in Iowa gardens, adding flavor to early-summer produce harvests. Proper care and harvest will ensure a bountiful, delicious crop.

Simpler to Ask Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic to Identify Pests and Problems

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 05:13

It is now simpler for Iowans to submit insects and plants for identification and diseases for diagnosis.

Many Ways to Take Part in National Arbor Day

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:00

A large number of towns across Iowa will be hosting events this weekend in celebration of National Arbor Day. All 81 communities that have TreeCityUSA designations have an activity planned that is open to the public.

Yard and Garden: Successfully Planting Trees during Spring

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:39

Spring is a time for renewal and growth, and it’s also an excellent time for new beginnings. Planting a new tree (or trees) is a great way to create a legacy that can last for generations on a landscape. However, planting trees requires specific care and steps to ensure a successful outcome.

Introduction to High Tunnel Course Offered Online

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:30
Deck:  Course allows a learning opportunity for those who can't attend face-to-face training Author(s):  Christa Hartsook Joe Hannan Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Producers interested in learning about high tunnel production now have the option to take an online ISU Extension and Outreach course.

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Producers interested in learning about high tunnel production now have the option to take an online ISU Extension and Outreach course.

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High Tunnel Information

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Level 1 GAP Training Available Through Online Videos

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:54
Deck:  Three ISU Extension and Outreach videos help producers learn good agricultural practices Author(s):  Angela Laury Shaw Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

A series of three videos to help fruit and vegetable growers understand and implement good agricultural practices replaces the day-long Iowa Level 1 GAP program.

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A series of three videos to help fruit and vegetable growers understand and implement good agricultural practices replaces the day-long Iowa Level 1 GAP program.

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Promoting Food Safety - video

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Yard and Garden: Container Gardening

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:37

A traditional home garden is a popular way to grow vegetables, but it’s far from the only way. Growing vegetable plants in containers can also produce a bountiful crop, although care must be taken to ensure meaningful growth. 

EAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 03:38

Iowans who want to protect their ash trees have options for a brief time this spring. However, the options apply only to valuable and healthy ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation of emerald ash borer.

New Guide Helps Food Hub Managers Evaluate Their Own Operations

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:33
Deck:  Financial metrics help mission-driven organizations achieve sustainability Author(s):  Leigh Adcock Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The publication "A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances" gives food hub managers tools for measuring their business’ financial health while also addressing common financial concerns that arise in local food distribution.

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The publication "A Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances" gives food hub managers tools for measuring their business’ financial health while also addressing common financial concerns that arise in local food distribution.

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Yard and Garden: Planting and Handling Raspberry Plants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:04

Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest. 

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