The Iowa Cattlemen's Association joins with the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to celebrate the Conference's 40th anniversary this year. The two-day event includes the same agenda items and formats of both events under one collective program umbrella in Ottumwa.

The correct time to prune red raspberries and trees is approaching. Find out when and how to take care of these pruning chores and how to keep rabbits away from serviceberries in this week's column.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products with the launch of the BioPreferred's labeling program.

Iowa State University researcher Kathleen Delate is undertaking perhaps the most comprehensive study of organic vegetable-growing practices by looking at the use of cover crops, manure, tillage and mulch.

The 2011 Tri-State Agriculture Summit will provide an outlook of land values, grain markets, technology and inputs. The summit is Feb. 16 in Keokuk, Iowa.

Registration for the distance educational series SowBridge 2011-12 is now open. The first session is March 2.

People originally certified as PQAPlus® Advisors during the initial training period in 2007-2008 need to recertify as soon as possible to maintain their certification.

Blooms from spring-flowering trees can be forced indoors, but flowering dogwoods planted in Iowa and Black Hills spruce tree branches that have had buds eaten off cannot be forced to grow.

Children’s health and well-being can be affected by spending too much time using electronic media. So, should parents say “no” to video games or screen time in general, including television? Not necessarily, said Kimberly Greder, Iowa State University Extension family life specialist and associate professor in human development and family studies.

Today Iowa farmers need to manage any number of employees, adding Human Resources director to their many roles. That's why ISU Extension is offering employee management workshops specifically for agricultural operations.

Iowa State University Extension in Plymouth County, along with other partner organizations, is presenting a Wind and Solar Energy Conference on March 2 at the Le Mars Convention Center.

Iowa State University Extension will offer manure applicator certification workshops for dry manure operators on seven different dates and locations in February.

ISU Extension is training volunteers with Retired Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) who will help older Iowans with limited incomes learn how the Iowa Food Assistance Program can help them buy nutritious food.

Get tips for growing seedlings indoors – including lighting, germinating, timing, heating and containers.

Three risk management workshops for women who work with swine operations will be held over the next few weeks.

Thanks to financial support from a multi-state extension group, beef producers are now able to get the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner at no charge.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation has received $15,300 from the Monsanto Fund to support the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa in April at Iowa State University. The fair encourages youth in grades six to 12 to bring in science projects, which are judged by professionals in science and engineering.

The 2011 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 12, at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. The conference annually draws 550 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

The Beginning Farmer Network (BFN) is sponsoring the Beginning Farmers Conference on Feb. 12, at the Scheman Center, Iowa State University, Ames.