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The market for livestock has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few years. Strong prices during 2014 and early 2015 have given way to lower prices that are more in line with what producers saw from 2010-13, says Lee Schulz, livestock economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau has approved recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2017, in Ankeny.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series.

Iowans engaged in local food systems development are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Third Annual Celebration in Ames on Friday, Jan.13. The event is free and open to the public.

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

An online course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help producers understand the process of transitioning to organic agriculture. The 16-week course begins Jan. 10, 2017.

Make 2017 the year to pay special attention to diversity and inclusion, says human sciences specialist Malisa Rader. She says Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering a new curriculum for agencies, businesses and groups interested in promoting feelings of inclusion.

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. This year’s conference, set for Jan. 28, 2017, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2017, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the leading beef cattle land-grant universities in the U.S. as well as other industry experts.

The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. The series will be offered at 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 4-27. Continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety recertification will be offered.

The second annual Iowa Small Farms Conference will be held Feb. 11, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm will be the featured speaker along with a wide variety of track options and a trade show.

The 2017 Feedlot Forum will help producers learn more about the decisions they need to make regarding issues that affect their business, including the Veterinary Feed Directive, feedlot assessments, market volatility and market prices. The event is set for Jan. 17 at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center and includes a trade show.

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

During the holiday season, Christmas trees make appearances across Iowa and across the nation as part of the season’s celebration. But there’s plenty to learn about these popular trees.

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 16 and Feb. 2.

Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2017.

Jennifer Margrett’s outstanding contributions to the field of psychology have earned her fellow status in the American Psychological Association. The director of Iowa State University’s interdepartmental gerontology program also works with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Traditional gardens require planting in the spring and attention in the summer before yielding a harvest. But gardening in January? It’s possible through aquaponics. Learn how at a workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.