Laura Sternweis
Organizational Advancement

515-294-0775
lsternwe@iastate.edu

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The Commodity Carnival gives Iowa youth a chance to be educated and have fun at the Iowa State Fair, Aug.11-21, and 18 county fairs. This interactive, hands-on game shows youth the behind-the-scenes components and challenges of animal production.

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.

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.

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.

Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. However, when parents and children engage in mealtime battles, nobody wins. Instead, parents should focus on preventing power struggles over food, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is now offering training on “Your Money, Your Goals,” a financial empowerment toolkit that provides frontline workers with resources and tools to help their clients take steps towards financial stability and self-sufficiency.

Emerald ash borer has been positively identified from a tree in central rural Louisa County. This exotic pest kills several species of ash and is considered one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. Iowa now has 32 counties with confirmed infestations.  

Creativity and teamwork have garnered a unique honor for Iowa State University and the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau. This university-community partnership received the Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award during the opening ceremony of the international education program’s World Finals in Ames.

Beneficial insects that will help battle the emerald ash borer, a highly destructive pest of ash trees, will be released in Jefferson County. Over the next few weeks several thousand stingless, parasitic wasps will be released at Whitham Woods near Fairfield, Iowa. This is the first release of the natural enemies of EAB in Iowa.

What would life be like with true wellness and wellbeing? Iowans have been reflecting on that question over the past few months in a pilot program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.