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The Connecting Families to the Environment Conference will help families learn how to improve their physical, mental and financial health by looking at the environment around them. The conference is Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Borlaug Learning Center located at the Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.

Seventy Iowa youths in grades 5-12 will talk food and "Cook This!" at the Iowa State Fair. The youths will compete in three- and four-member teams during this three-part culinary challenge Aug. 15, 16 and 17.

Iowa youth now can quickly find science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources near them. CYSTEM, an online map resource created by Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET), is designed to link Iowa youth with STEM programs, careers and mentors.

A manure management and runoff control demonstration to review low-cost options for small to medium size beef and dairy feedlot operations will be held at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.

A statewide training for commercial manure applicators will be conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training will be a reshow of the same program that was offered by Iowa State University Extension in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in January 2011.

Outstanding 4-H’ers from across Iowa have been awarded 4-H scholarships from the Iowa 4-H Foundation and will be honored in a scholarship recognition ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Stories about the individual 4-H scholarship recipients are available by county.

As consumers check their refrigerators and freezers for recalled fresh and frozen ground turkey products, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach encourages following food safety best practices all the time.

Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), Iowa State University (ISU) Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension are hosting a field day at the ISU Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm, near Ames, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The field day will feature strip-tillage and precision agriculture technology.

North central Iowa beef producers can learn about raising cattle in monoslope buildings, slatted deep pit barns and open lots during an Aug. 23 tour in eastern Mitchell County. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Noble farm near Riceville.

A film festival, a robotics challenge, a culinary challenge and a runway fashion show are only a few of the entertaining and educational events awaiting visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

Properly harvested and stored, onions and garlic will keep most of their original flavor and food value for weeks or months, depending on variety.

Iowa State University (ISU) is giving Iowans the chance to display photos at the Iowa State Fair. As part of the university's exhibit in the northeast corner of the Varied Industries Building during the fair, Iowa residents are encouraged to submit photos to illustrate how Iowa State and ISU Extension and Outreach are making a difference in their communities.

East central Iowa beef producers are invited to a Jones County “Cattle Facility Tour” on Aug. 22 at the Marty Burlage farm north of Monticello, and the Adam and Craig Manternach farm and Todd Bergfeld farm south of Cascade. The tour will provide timely information on raising cattle in monoslope buildings, hoop barns and open lots.

Beef producers are encouraged to take part in tours of five beef facilities and Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled for August 25. The tours begin in Ida County, near Holstein .

Corn fungicides, corn nematodes and Marestail weed management in soybeans are featured at this year’s Armstrong Farm Field Day scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 a.m. near Lewis.
 

Trends over the past three years indicate that teens are more likely to think it’s OK to get drunk or use marijuana and other drugs. Prevention advocates are issuing a wake-up call to parents in this month’s Science of Parenting radio program podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

With a new program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, gardeners will learn updated and safe methods for canning and other types of food preservation. Preserve the Taste of Summer provides both online courses and hands-on workshops to adults interested in learning how to safely preserve foods.

Nineteen Iowa 4-H members have received $1,000 Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement. Recipients are from Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Clinton, Dubuque, Hamilton, Hancock, Keokuk, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Sioux, Union, Wapello, Washington and Worth counties.

Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners interested in expanding into commercial production and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel construction and production at an Aug. 8-9 workshop in Packwood sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.