Barbara Woods, human sciences special projects manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has received the distinguished service award from American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences – Iowa Affiliate.

Youth can register now for the sixth annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. The events are Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

As homeowners enjoy the shade from their maple trees, they may notice something strange on the leaves or branches. Horticulturists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about galls, fungi and scale that may appear on maples.

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Woodbury County NRCS and ISU Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, July 12, from 4:30–7 p.m. at John Wilcox Farm near Correctionville.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance course in Hazard Analysis-Risk Based Preventive Controls will be held Aug. 23-25 at the Prairie Meadows Casino and Conference Center in Altoona.

Based on current research results from Iowa and neighboring states, the Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production was recently updated to reflect new manure nutrient availability ranges for crop production.

Gardens are potentially excellent sources for fresh produce which can be harvested, enjoyed and saved for year-round use. However, they need special care and watering to create a bountiful harvest of vegetables, especially in the hot summer months.

Beef producers in northwest Iowa who haven’t yet completed a feedlot assessment are invited to learn about the process at one of two remaining field days offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in July. The events are free and offer BQA certification.

Managing timbered pastures is a challenge as landowners and tenants must balance forage production and lumber production. Attend a July 12 field day near Fayette to see how one landowner and tenant are working together to make the best of both opportunities.

An organic cropping systems field day will be conducted by agronomists from Iowa State University and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at the Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm, June 28 in Boone.

Agribusiness professionals and crop producers will learn about in-season crop management practices at the Mid-Season Crop Management Clinic, July 13-14.

Extending family time can be easy — just add food and fitness. Lori Hayungs, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, offers the following tips on how to increase family time while encouraging children’s healthy development.

Nutrition, health, food security and local foods awareness are components of plans created by Rising Star Interns for a 2016 summer program.

Farmers will have an opportunity to purchase seedstock through the National Sheep Improvement Program at the 2016 Center of the Nation NSIP Sale on July 23 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa.

This week 15 Spencer youth were able to “Experience Medicine.” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County partnered with the Spencer Hospital to offer area youth in grades 6-8 a hands-on opportunity to experience medical careers.

ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists are facilitating farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout Iowa.

Dewell says this early heat event is a good opportunity to make sure that producer mitigation strategies will be functional for the rest of the summer.

Crabapple trees come in many cultivars and are often excellent additions to a home landscape. However, they can be susceptible to issues that can be tough to decode, just like many other trees.

A skilled Iowa 4-H robotics team was invited to showcase their award winning robotics demonstration at the Iowa State Capitol in May. They’d accepted an invitation from Iowa’s Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a proponent of STEM education and co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in Iowa.