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Native plants can give home landscapes a unique, varied look when paired with the current flora and fauna that already dot landscapes across Iowa. Which are best for specific landscapes and gardens, and how should they be treated for best results?

ISU Extension and Outreach will host a field day at One Step at a Time Gardens June 30 to highlight food safety procedures for water safety, cleaning produce and handling practices for commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

Gardeners participating in the Growing Season webinar series will learn about benefits of shade in landscape, tree problems and native garden insects.

4-H intern Rachel Wonderlich was honored at Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs Annual Award Program April 26 as an ISU Student Employee of the Year. She also has been recognized at the state, regional and national levels.

The June 17 Silage for Beef Cattle Conference will capitalize on the resurgence of silage in beef diets.

Attracting insects such as butterflies or bees is a simple process that can add beauty to any outdoor space. Extension and Outreach has resources for homeowners wanting to attract pollinators.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach turfgrass specialist Ryan Adams has written a series of five publications designed to help turfgrass managers keep their fields healthy and safe.

As diabetes becomes more widespread, including among Iowa’s rural Latino population, the need for education and prevention assistance is increasing. Sarah Francis, a human sciences state specialist in nutrition and wellness, and associate professor at Iowa State University, saw this need and created “Latinos Living Well.”

The state of Iowa will celebrate Soil and Water Conservation Week from April 24-May 1, recognizing that the abundance of our agricultural products and quality of life are dependent upon the proper use and management of soil and water resources.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published four publications to serve as guides for residential yardwork.

Spring has finally sprung across Iowa, and with it, growing green grass on lawns everywhere. The hum of lawn mowers is beginning to fill the air, and that hum brings questions about proper mowing practices. 

The Field Scouting Basics Workshop is a course for beginning corn and soybean crop scouts. The workshop builds on the fundamentals of crop scouting covered during the ISU Extension and Outreach Field Crop Scout School in February.

Understanding what motivates farmers to implement soil and water conservation practices was a goal of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

An article in the April issue of Ag Decision Maker shares study findings that examine how landholdings perform in relation to other markets, in this particular case the stock market.

This weekend about 100 Iowa youth of African heritage will be exploring how their cultural legacy shapes them as future leaders in their communities. They’ll be participating in Ujima, one of two youth leadership retreats offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development program.

Spring and warmer weather have arrived, and that means it’s time to think about planting annual flowers and vegetables in Iowa. 

The 89th annual Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference, the longest running conference at Iowa State University, will be held May 18 in the Scheman Building on the ISU campus.

Two Spring 2016 Beef Management Workshops are set for Warren and Madison counties in late May. The workshops will focus on new ideas in fescue usage, how marketplace factors will impact cow-calf producers, and antimicrobial resistance and other disease trends.

The annual “Update for Veterinarians” program features a full day of education and demonstrations focused on beef cattle. The event is May 24 at the Iowa State McNay Research Farm near Chariton.