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For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The different types of scale insects, as well as management options are discussed in a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.

Iowa’s native snakes play important roles in the state’s ecosystem, often doing more good than harm for a homeowner through their appetite for more problematic rodents and insects. A few simple steps will keep snakes in nature instead of venturing into and around houses.

When people start counting the “extras” they spend their money on, they’re often surprised how quickly the dollars add up. “Your Money, Your Future” workshops help participants understand their spending patterns and make changes to reach their financial goals.

Many parents think they can hide financial stress from their children, but the kids always know – and they’re worried, too. Talking together openly about family finances is a better way to lower everyone’s stress level and also teach kids about money, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Planting flowers to improve a home landscape is an excellent first step. But what happens when they don’t bloom properly – or at all? How can these problems be remedied?

Livestock producers and service providers will receive training on how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index in nutrient management and manure management plans at June 2 workshop.

With a steady growth in number of growers incorporating cover crops into their production systems, ISU Extension and Outreach will host a field day May 24 to showcase results from experiments using cereal rye cultivars.

The May Iowa Learning Farm webinar will be on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Steven Bradbury, professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Departments of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Entomology at Iowa State University.

Improving water quality is an emphasis of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. To further the efforts being made in the area, ISU Extension and Outreach is one of the founding members of the Iowa Source Water Ag Collaborative.

Anindita Das is putting her experiences as an immigrant to good use as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach refugee community plan coordinator working in partnership with the central Iowa Refugee Community Planning Group.

The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers why, despite long-term efforts from state and federal governments, land grant universities, farmer groups and others, agriculture still has soil erosion and water quality impairment issues.

Michael Witt joins ISU Extension and Outreach as a field agronomist serving western Iowa.

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.