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Meat Is Safe, but Processors, Consumers Should Continue to Follow Food Safety Guidelines

4 hours 56 min ago
meat on display in store by Pixel-Shot/

Consumers can be confident in the meat they purchase, but should still practice proper handling and preparation, according to Terry Houser, associate professor and extension meat specialist with Iowa State University. [node:read-more:link]

Learn How to Identify and Control Common Invasive Species

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:33
invasive Japanese honeysuckle.

To help identify and control invasive plant species, the Natural Resource Stewardship program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a collection of new articles, with photos and videos of at least eight different species.


Row Crop Management Webinar Series to be Provided by Iowa State, Minnesota Extension Specialists

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:10
corn emerging.

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, extension personnel and other interested parties during the week of April 6. Webinars will focus on important topics to be addressed prior to spring planting. [node:read-more:link]

Suicide Prevention Program Available Virtually to Agribusiness Community

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 09:38
farmer standing near tractor in field by LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/

In addition to dealing with the usual stress of farming, Iowa’s farmers, rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering seven online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning April 14. This suicide prevention program teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide. [node:read-more:link]

Stream Channel Incision and Groundwater Depth Topic of Iowa Learning Farms Webinar

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 13:43
Iowa stream.

Learn about the relationship between stream channel incision and the depth to groundwater in riparian corridors. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa Pesticide Applicators Have More Time to Complete Recertification

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 09:37
field sprayer in action.

The waiver allows certified Iowa pesticide applicators to retain their status through 2020. [node:read-more:link]

Two Counties Receive Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 08:44
Marshall County gardeners.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener programs in Marshall and Linn counties have been recognized for their commitment to food and nutrition for local communities. Both projects worked to educate and empower adults and youth to grow and consume fresh healthy produce in 2019. [node:read-more:link]

Cattle Feeders Should Stay Flexible, Seek Advice amid COVID-19

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:55
loading distillers grains.

The outbreak of COVID-19 could have some short-term disruptions on cattle feed nutrition that producers should consider, says Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist at Iowa State University. [node:read-more:link]

While Working from Home, Don't Forget the Office Plants

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 08:19
office plants indoors.

Office plants may be one of the last things you relocate to your home office, but give it some thought if you want them to survive, according to horticulture and integrated pest management experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. [node:read-more:link]

Yard and Garden: Planting Bare-root Trees

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:11
container plants.

By following proper planting procedures, bare-root trees can be successfully established in the landscape. Iowa State University horticulture specialists offer recommendations for successful planting. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference Is June 18-19 in Waukee

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:37
farm to school.

The Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Conference will bring together stakeholders from across the state. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa State University to Continue Offering Wisconsin Tax School

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:07
tax education.

A generous gift helps Iowa State University continue a popular tax education program in Wisconsin. [node:read-more:link]

Get Your Lawn Ready for the Spring Season

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:18
healthy lawn.

With spring already here, now is a good time to make sure you're prepared for those first few lawn cuttings, says Adam Thoms, assistant professor and turfgrass extension specialist at Iowa State University. [node:read-more:link]

ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates National Ag Day

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:00
National Ag Day 2020.

National Ag Day, March 24, is a time to recognize the many efforts of the nation's agricultural industry. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa Learning Farms to Host Webinars During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:13
Mark Ramussen.

Iowa Learning Farms will host weekly webinars each Wednesday during this time of social distancing. [node:read-more:link]

Coronavirus Creates Trade Deal Uncertainty

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:11
unloading soybeans into truck.

The coronavirus could affect China's $12.5 billion trade commitment in some significant ways, as shipping is delayed. [node:read-more:link]

Yard and Garden: Planting Broccoli in the Home Garden

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:57
broccoli plant

Follow the recommendations of Iowa State University horticulture specialists for successful broccoli gardening. [node:read-more:link]

Integrated Pest Management Event Planned for Vegetable Growers

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:30
tomatoes growing in high tunnel.

Learn about managing common insects, diseases and nutritional issues in high tunnel vegetable production April 9 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Wapello County office. [node:read-more:link]

Custom Farming Survey for Iowa Shows Slight Decline in Rates

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 11:11
soybean harvest.

Whether a farmer is performing or receiving custom work, the question always comes up over what to charge. And while rates vary from one operator to another, a new report by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides a look at projected averages for 2020. [node:read-more:link]

Learning Farms Evaluation Shows Uptick in Conservation Practice Adoption

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 14:18
cover crop termination.

Iowa Learning Farms releases its 2019 evaluation report, showing the importance of conservation. [node:read-more:link]