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Research Looks at Shepherding as Way to Maximize Iowa Food Systems Work

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:36
Deck:  Benefits of shepherding documented in ISU Extension and Outreach local foods program case study. Author(s):  Corry Bregendahl Alice Topaloff Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

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The Local Foods Program team says shepherding can be used to engage a multi-county region to create change in food systems.

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Yard and Garden: Caring for Hostas in Spring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:22

Spring is here, and hostas are a popular part of outdoor landscaping plans. They are easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing them must be followed in order to ensure optimal performance.

Professional Development Program Offered for Iowa's Local Food Coordinators

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:25
Deck:  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program Awarded SARE-PDP Grant Author(s):  Caitlin Szymanski Lynn Heuss Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

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Professional development opportunities for local foods coordinators will be developed and delivered with funds from a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates National Ag Day

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:52
Deck:  Science-based research from faculty and specialists is aimed at improving Iowa agriculture Author(s):  John Lawrence Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

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Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.

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Hops Workshop Offered to Promote Sustainable Production

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:06
Deck:  Six sessions will walk growers through a full season of hops growth Author(s):  Diana Cochran Erin Hodgson Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

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A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

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Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:19

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

Tips for a Successful Yard this Year

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:54

How to care for a lawn and set it up for success throughout the spring, summer and fall is the subject of an article in the March edition of the Small Farm Sustainability newsletter. The March issue also discusses beef cattle production, acreage ponds, prescribed burns, and pruning trees and shrubs.

Hops Workshop Offered to Promote Sustainable Production

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 07:06

A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

Hort and Home News Website Receives Facelift

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:00

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has relaunched its Horticulture and Home Pest News website, providing a one-stop location for yard and garden information.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Greene and Wayne Counties, Iowa

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:53

The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that attacks and decimates ash trees, has been confirmed in Greene and Wayne counties. Native to Asia, EAB has now made its way to 43 counties in Iowa.

Yard and Garden: Proper Spring Planting Windows For Garden Vegetables

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 08:11

Spring planting season is upon us, and it’s time to think about how those gardens will be populated with vegetables that will yield a bountiful harvest later in the year. All vegetables have an optimal planting time that helps them properly mature and maximize their potential.

Registration Is Open for Fall Master Gardener Training

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 03:22

Individuals interested in becoming Master Gardeners may now register for the training session being offered this fall. Registration must be made by Sept. 1.

Two Eastern Iowa Farmers to Host Fruit and Vegetable Producer Meet-ups

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:28
Deck:  ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will be available to answer producer questions Author(s):  Joe Hannan Ajay Nair Diana Cochran Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host events that will offer informative discussions and time to meet other farmers over a cup of coffee. The meet-ups in Donnellson and Solon are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

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Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host events that will offer informative discussions and time to meet other farmers over a cup of coffee. The meet-ups in Donnellson and Solon are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

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High Tunnel Workshops to Explore Common Challenges

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:06
Deck:  Challenges and new opportunities in high tunnels to be explored during three meetings Author(s):  Joe Hannan Ajay Nair Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

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Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

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Two Eastern Iowa Farmers to Host Fruit and Vegetable Producer Meet-ups

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 03:28

Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host events that will offer informative discussions and time to meet other farmers over a cup of coffee. The meet-ups in Donnellson and Solon are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

High Tunnel Workshops to Explore Common Challenges

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 03:06

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

Donate Excess Garden Vegetables to Food Pantries

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 13:04
Deck:  ISU Extension and Outreach publication highlights top 13 vegetables for donation Author(s):  Cynthia Haynes Show Author Info?:  Show Author Info?

Donating produce from a vegetable garden to a local food pantry can help give those without access to fresh and healthy foods an opportunity to incorporate them into their diets. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides information on the type of vegetables food pantries are most in need of.

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Donating produce from a vegetable garden to a local food pantry can help give those without access to fresh and healthy foods an opportunity to incorporate them into their diets. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides information on the type of vegetables food pantries are most in need of.

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Donate Excess Garden Vegetables to Food Pantries

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 07:04

Donating produce from a vegetable garden to a local food pantry can help give those without access to fresh and healthy foods an opportunity to incorporate them into their diets. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides information on the type of vegetables food pantries are most in need of.

Yard and Garden: Protecting Plants from Late-Spring Freezes

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 08:53

The calendar has flipped to March, and spring is just around the corner. In Iowa, of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of freezing temperatures associated with a late-spring frost. Protecting plants from such events is important, but when should precautions be removed?

Publications Provide Tips and Info for Gardeners of All Levels

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:47

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources that can help prepare gardeners for the upcoming gardening season, whether planting a home vegetable garden for the first time or with years of experience.

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