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Agritourism is a growing contributor to the travel and tourism sectors of the Iowa economy, with 275 farms reporting more than $4.3 million in total agritourism and recreational services income, according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. May 7 – 13, 2017 is National Travel and Tourism Week and there are a myriad of ways to take part in agribusinesses across the state.

Iowa agricultural producers who would like to develop habitat for monarchs and pollinators by adding additional soil and water conservation practices to their land have until May 19 to sign up at their local USDA Service Center for planning and funding assistance.

There is a better way than relying on calendar date to determine when to harvest the first alfalfa crop of the season due to climatic variations impacting alfalfa growth and development.

A Herbicide Research Program Field Day will be held June 22 at the Curtiss Farm (2219 520th Avenue) in Ames, Iowa. The field day, which has occurred since 1982, is an event that allows the weed science program at Iowa State to demonstrate its research to the public.

The Linn County Master Gardeners have received the Search for Excellence award for the Planting for Pollinators program. The Search for Excellence award is given annually by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

William Edwards has been named interim director of two extension-focused centers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — the Beginning Farmer Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation.

High levels of deoxynivalenol (DON), a mycotoxin commonly known as vomitoxin, are being found in grain across the Corn Belt, including eastern Iowa. Contaminated corn is an issue especially in dried distillers grains and solubles (DDGS), according to Erin Bowers, mycotoxin sampling and analysis specialist with Iowa State University.

Nearly 150 youth in grades 8-12 participated in the third annual Maize retreat April 21-23. Maize is a culturally based youth leadership accelerator program coordinated by Iowa 4-H Youth Development.

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a short course designed for graziers interested in a more controlled and management intensive grazing system.

National cattle behavior specialist Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Cattle Stewardship Conference June 8 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds, Spirit Lake.

The seventh annual Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth will be July 31 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa at 1928 240th Street.

Rhubarb is a popular in Iowa gardens, adding flavor to early-summer produce harvests. Proper care and harvest will ensure a bountiful, delicious crop.

An online review course is being offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help individuals prepare for the next Certified Crop Adviser examination on Aug. 4, 2017. The review course is offered exclusively online and includes presentations on crop management, pest management, nutrient management and soil and water management.

The sixth annual Iowa Swine Day will address current issues and opportunities facing pork producers. The June 29 event will take place on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
 

Responsible financial decision-making is a habit that develops through lifelong learning. But it’s a good idea for that learning to be underway by the time teens begin high school, says Mary M. Weinand, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Making the decision on when to leave a child home alone can be challenging. Parents should consider their child’s maturity level as well as the neighborhood environment and their own flexibility, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

It is now simpler for Iowans to submit insects and plants for identification and diseases for diagnosis.

Twenty Iowa State students saw first hand three components of the beef cattle industry as part of their course work.

Iowans have four opportunities in May to learn how mindful eating and behavior contribute to a healthy lifestyle. A faculty member and a clinician from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University will be sharing current research during free workshops in Waterloo, Le Mars, Atlantic and Iowa City.