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Yard and Garden: Control Scale and Mealybugs in Houseplants

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:27
scale nymphs on a houseplant.

Scale and mealybugs are two common insect pests on houseplants. Horticulture specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach share information on these pests and how to control their spread. [node:read-more:link]

Extension Workshops to Focus on Maximum Return for Fertilizer Dollars

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:51
Young small corn plant seedlings in soil by Bits and Splits/

To help producers maximize profits, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting 17 workshops from the end of January through March called Soil Testing Interpretations and Recommendations: Maximizing Return on Investment. [node:read-more:link]

February Shade Tree Short Course Covers More Than Trees

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:59
a fallen decayed tree and stump.

The 2020 edition of Iowa State University’s Shade Tree Short Course promises another event of professional presentations, demonstrations, certifications and networking. [node:read-more:link]

View Calving Management Webinar Individually or With a Group

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:37
Close-Up of a Black Angus Cow Covered in Snow. By Caileb/ .

The second of the four-part winter cow webinar series is set for Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.; participants have the choice of joining the webinar at their own location or at one of nine host sites. [node:read-more:link]

Yard and Garden: Caring for Short Term Houseplants

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:24
Cineraria flower by Victoria Gardner/

Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer directions for caring for several short term flowering houseplants. [node:read-more:link]

Southwest Iowa Cow-Calf Short Course to Focus on Calving Management

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:53
cow birthing model.

A short course that combines classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by ISU Extension and Outreach Jan. 27. [node:read-more:link]

Workshops to Discuss What Dairy Needs to Know about Contagious Disease

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 14:24
a pen of dairy cows.

One-day workshops Jan. 27 and Feb. 11 will help prepare dairy producers and the industry for the possibility of a contagious disease outbreak, such as foot-and-mouth disease. [node:read-more:link]

Harmon Named Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 12:56
Jay Harmon.

Jay Harmon was named the director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and associate dean for extension and outreach programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University on Jan. 1. [node:read-more:link]

Iowa State Meats Laboratory Welcomes New Leader

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:23
Terry Houser.

Terry Houser takes the helm at the Meats Laboratory at Iowa State University as Joe Cordray retires after more than 50 years of professional involvement in Iowa State's Meat Science program. The Meats Laboratory is a leader in educating students and the meat industry – across Iowa and internationally. [node:read-more:link]

Register Now for 2020-2021 SowBridge Educational Series

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 08:54
Group of small pigs sleep peacefully on their mother by didesign/

Register for the yearlong series by Jan. 15 to participate in the first SowBridge session Feb. 5. SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets. [node:read-more:link]

Two Advanced Calving Clinics Planned for Eastern Iowa

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:02
veterinarian and clinic participant demonstrating calving technique.

Dairy and beef producers will learn something new, regardless of experience with calving out cows, when they attend one of two mid-February advanced calving clinics. [node:read-more:link]

Boots in the Barn to be Offered in Independence

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 08:17
calf birth demonstration using cow model.

ISU Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a three-part series for women involved in their beef cattle operation, in February and March in Independence. [node:read-more:link]

PorkBridge Educational Series for 2020 Begins Feb. 6

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 09:41
piglets in pen.

Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals. The 2020 program year series begins on Feb. 6 and continues on an every-other-month for six total sessions. [node:read-more:link]

Master Gardeners Plan Winter Webcast Series

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 09:24
garden with play area for children.

Beginning in February, the Master Gardener program will provide a winter webcast series in county extension offices across the state. Webcast topics include climate change, native plants, and tips for designing gardens that encourage children to spend time outdoors. [node:read-more:link]

New Year Is Prime Time to Review Farm Financial Statements

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 09:00
farmers looking at a laptop.

The December edition of Ag Decision Maker links to updated files to help farmers with their net worth statement, farm income statement and financial performance measures. [node:read-more:link]

Wine Taste May Have Untapped Potential in Iowa

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:43
Aude Watrelot.

Iowa’s potential in the wine industry is as unique as the state, which is to say, there is much opportunity for quality wines to be made in Iowa. Aude Watrelot, assistant professor of enology and extension enology specialist at Iowa State University, is studying how different factors affect our sense of taste and what can be done to improve the taste perception of Iowa wines. [node:read-more:link]

Yard and Garden: Oak Tree and Wild Rose Are Iowa Symbols

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 15:06
wild rose blossom.

Iowa has five official symbols, as designated by the Iowa Legislature, including the state tree (oak) and flower (wild rose). [node:read-more:link]

Iowa Specialty Producers Conference Is Jan. 23-24 in Ankeny

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 08:46
John Stanley.

The Iowa Specialty Producers Conference Jan. 23-24 is a joint gathering of the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. [node:read-more:link]

Commercial Manure Applicator Training Scheduled for Jan. 8

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:46
Commercial manure applicator.

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements Jan. 8, 2020. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the training at 73 locations in Iowa. [node:read-more:link]

Community Food Systems Conference to Feature Educational and Networking Opportunities

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:59
community food systems conference.

Iowans and those from other states who want to learn the latest in community food systems should consider attending the annual Community Food Systems Conference Jan. 9-10 in West Des Moines. [node:read-more:link]