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January 14, 2015

Iowa Learning Farms begins its fifth year of monthly webinars with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. The webinar will be live on a special date and time: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. 

January 12, 2015

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to Iowa’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Now, that information is provided at no charge, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

January 12, 2015

The deadline for communities to apply to the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program has been extended to Friday, Feb. 27. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

January 12, 2015

The newly revised Right-of-Way, Category 6 manual is available for Iowa’s commercial and public pesticide applicators. The 98-page manual covers the noxious weeds and other weed species common in Iowa’s right-of-way environments and the various strategies used in managing these weeds.

 

January 12, 2015

With cold weather and snow outside, it's a good time to focus on indoor plants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for keeping indoor plants healthy during winter months. For answers to additional questions, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

January 12, 2015

 Betty Abel is entering her fifth year of preparing tax returns at the Welcome We Help Inc. Volunteer Income Tax Assistancesite in Corydon, Iowa. Abel joins a team of accountants, clergy, retired professionals and students throughout the state who volunteer to prepare tax returns for low-income clients through this program, known as VITA.

January 12, 2015

 Registrations for two successful distance education programs for specific segments of the pork industry are now open at Iowa State University.

January 12, 2015

 It seems inevitable: People see babies and immediately start talking to them in a high pitched voice, exaggerating their vowel sounds. But there’s a good reason for this behavior, according to human sciences specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. They’ll talk about the benefits of “baby talk” during January in theScience of Parenting blog

January 12, 2015

An awareness campaign is moving across Iowa. It’s a campaign with lessons about tap water, birds and butterflies, crops and soils, dogs and frogs, and how they all connect with the water resources of every-day living. Water Rocks! is a youth water education campaign delivered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The campaign is an interplay of knowledge, caring and engagement.

December 29, 2014

With the cow herd at the smallest level since 1962, recent moderation in grain prices, and optimism for growth in domestic and export demand, the stage is set for expansion of the national beef cow herd.

December 29, 2014

 Iowa 4-H’er Allison Lansman of Fort Dodge has been chosen by National 4-H Council to join its healthy living management team as a healthy living youth ambassador.

December 29, 2014

Winter has officially begun in Iowa, and with it come snow and ice. Life keeps rolling in winter, which means the application of deicing salt and other measures to keep roads open and prevent slickness and falls on hard outdoor surfaces. Unfortunately, these measures can have negative effects on the landscape.  Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach norticulturists on how to handle winter deicing chemicals. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

December 22, 2014

 A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms.

December 22, 2014

 In the wake of the recent financial crisis and economic slowdown, understanding their financial condition is more important than ever for Iowa local governments, particularly in rural communities. Given Iowa’s strong agricultural sector, financially sustainable rural communities are vital to the state economy.

December 22, 2014

Many Iowa farmers believe they have identified pesticide resistance on the land they farm, and most are concerned that herbicide-resistant weeds and pesticide-resistant insects will become a problem, according to a new report from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

December 22, 2014

The quiet of winter is a time for holiday celebrations, family gatherings and managing Midwest winter weather on an acreage, but the cold and snowy weather often prevents acreage owners from making outside home maintenance. So, what can an acreage owner do in the winter to stay ahead of home maintenance? In the December issue of Acreage Living, experts at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach say there is plenty.

December 16, 2014

High Tunnel: Beyond the Basics” will be offered at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s annual conference in Ankeny. The half-day program, set for Jan. 29 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., will be led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists Ajay Nair, Diana Cochran, Patrick O’Malley and Joe Hannan.

December 16, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

December 15, 2014

 Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend the workshops, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements.

December 15, 2014

When Laura Elsinger of Guttenberg, Iowa, was considering a career change to organic agriculture last summer, an announcement for an Iowa State University online course claimed her attention.

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