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The College of Design, the College of Engineering and ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development are engaging young Iowans with design and STEM. Kids have all kinds of opportunities to imagine themselves as designers and scientists, and explore careers.

Margaret Van Ginkel, an ISU Extension and Outreach hotlines coordinator and human sciences specialist in family finance, is making a difference at Iowa State University. She is one of the women being honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the 11th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.
 

Healthy, properly planted trees can have a tremendously positive impact on urban environments, says Gabbi Edwards, urban forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She specializes in proper planting and pruning of trees, as well as how to select the right tree for an area.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have released an updated version of the publication "Emerald Ash Borer Management Options" (PM 2084) to provide tips for preventive treatments for healthy ash trees.

Mediation is an option available to farmers as they work with their creditors to find a mutually beneficial solution to a delinquent secured agricultural debt of $20,000 or more. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with Iowa Mediation Service to create a video providing information and tips to help farmers better understand the mediation process.

The 2017 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will feature a variety of topics designed to help producers of all ages and production goals, and has launched a new website to make information and details of the conference agenda available to a broader audience. The event is Jan. 28 in Ottumwa.

The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference will spotlight several big picture issues facing the beef industry, and organizers say they worked to bring great speakers to address these issues at the Jan. 26-27 event in Dubuque.

 

A pair of Iowa State University professors will represent the state at the 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., on March 15.

Winter is here, and the weather outside is cold and unhospitable for many plants and trees. However, it’s a great time to begin new indoor-friendly plants and trees that can benefit from warmer indoor temperatures and winter sunlight.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. One certification session has been set for Jan. 19 in Washington County.

The second annual Soil Health Conference will be held in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 16-17. This year’s event will consist of two full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics concerning soil health with invited guest speakers from around the country.

Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Kristi Cooper, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The SowBridge distance education program begins its ninth year in February 2017 and Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said continuing suggestions from subscribers help maintain the program’s value.

The 11th year of the PorkBridge distance education series begins Feb. 2, 2017. This low-tech program features topics presented by recognized industry experts.

Staff awards were presented at the 2016 Youth Fest, the Iowa 4-H staff annual statewide professional development meeting in Ames.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Tuesday, Feb. 7.
 

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be.

A summer internship with Human Sciences Extension and Outreach allowed Callie Chambers to take what she learned at Iowa State University and apply it out in the real world.

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.