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The 2014 Iowa State University Animal Industry Report is now available online. This report features a variety of animal industry-related research done at Iowa State that was supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.

Iowa cow-calf producers soon may be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center as part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state’s beef industry.

Eleven Iowa 4-H’ers are partnering with 4-H professionals and representatives from agricultural industry and land-grant universities to teach others about agricultural science and innovation. Lyon and O’Brien County 4-H youth joined teams of youth and adults from 13 states at the National Youth Agri-Science Summit.

Iowa farmers are well aware that populations of Bt-resistant corn rootworm have been found in the state, and more than half are concerned that the pest will become a major problem here, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Three new beef-health publications are now available through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store. Grant Dewell, extension beef veterinarian, authored the publications and said each addresses a specific concern.

Northeastern Iowa cattle producers can learn more about an upcoming revision of the Feedlot and Cost Monitoring software at three meetings offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a certification workshop for anyone wishing to sell morel mushrooms in Iowa. The certification earned by attending the workshop is a three-year certification. Everyone selling morel mushrooms in Iowa must be certified.

When parents worry about gray hair and wrinkles or complain about getting older, should they also wonder whether their children are listening? During February, family life specialists discuss children’s attitudes about aging in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Mark Tomer is the presenter for the Iowa Learning Farms’ monthly webinar Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. He will talk about a watershed scale planning framework that is based on computerized mapping tools and helps improve water quality.

Amy Powell was recently hired to help develop an online curriculum to teach youth in 4-H about raising livestock. The new Extension and Outreach position of 4-H livestock specialist will work with Department of Animal Science professors to ensure the information is scientifically sound.

Warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are planted in the garden as small plants (transplants). Begin vegetable transplants indoors to shorten the time by several weeks between planting and harvest.

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is hosting free workshops at libraries and extension offices across the state to help Iowans better understand their health insurance options and obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
 

The heart isn’t the only organ that benefits from following a heart-healthy diet. The brain also benefits, which is important to remain strong and independent throughout life, says Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

To help farmers understand how cover crops work and the best management practices for including them in rotations, Iowa Learning Farms has released the video, “Cover Crops: Farmer Perspectives."

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the sixth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa.

Working families with moderate or low incomes qualify for important tax credits that frequently result in substantial tax refunds. Family finance specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are educating Iowans about how to obtain these credits.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach guide gardeners through the process of apple tree grafting by responding to questions and offering workshops.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer a two-day facilitator training in March to prepare more individuals to implement the Juntos program in their community. Juntos gives Latino parents and teens knowledge, skills and resources that help parents get involved and provide academic support for their child - which leads to high school graduation and exploration of higher education.

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering two meetings for producers wanting to learn more about genomic-enhanced EPDs, how to implement $Value Indexes into selection methods, and estrus synchronization program options.