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Local Highlights

June 14, 2021

NASHUA – The Annual Spring Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will run from 1:00 to 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 24th. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist emeritus, will kick-off the program, by providing his insights on crop weather for the 2021 growing season. Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist, will share the latest research on corn rootworm management. Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist, will address the warm & dry weather implications on crop development and yield potential, and Prashant Jha, weed specialist, will discuss integrated weed management programs in Iowa corn and soybean.

The field day is free and open to the public. It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center Headquarters on the ISU Northeast Research Farm and Demonstration Farm. Directions: From Nashua at the Jct. of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm. CCA credits will be available (2 CM & 2 PM). For more information about the event, call Terry Basol at 641-426-6801.

June 9, 2021

July 19, 2021 from 4PM-8PM             Cost $35.00

Learn safe methods for pressure canning and freezing foods and use the
pressure canning method to preserve vegetables that you’ll take home to
enjoy later!

St. Patrick's Church, 705 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA
Sign Up here! http://bit.ly/pressure17991.    Questions contact: Jill Weber, jrweber@iastate.edu

March 18, 2021


Iowa Master Conservationist Program to begin in Black Hawk County Black Hawk– Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program in April. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.

Offerings of the program are organized and coordinated by county extension offices throughout the state at the discretion of individual offices and partners. To learn more or to get registered, reach out to Extension professional Steven Eilers at (319) 234-6811 or seilers@iastate.edu.  Cost: $110.  Read more...

February 10, 2021

 
FREE! In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 25 or April 21.  This viewing option is provided as a service to individuals without access to a computer or limited internet service.
The Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program consists of the Women, Infants and Children FMNP and the Senior FMNP. The FMNPs are Congressionally-authorized programs that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and farm stands to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and low-income seniors.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship does not limit the number of vendors who may become certified under FMNP. For more information and eligibility, visit IDALS Marketing, Horticulture and Farmers Markets.
Watch at HOME:
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:30-11:30 AM (Central Time)
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4629555693885627660
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:30-11:30 am (Central Time).
Use this link to register for the webinar: Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4548869132592931596
OR
Watch at Black Hawk County Extension on dates listed: Please call to attend, 319-234-6811 or Contact Shelly Smith shellys@iastate.edu
Black Hawk County Extension: Waterloo, 3420 University Ave. Suite B., Waterloo

February 9, 2021

FREE! MUST PRE-REGISTER! To register, CLICK HERE

The scheduled dates and times are:
Preserve the Taste of Summer 101:
Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 15, 10-11 a.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 10-11 am and 6:30 – 7:30 pm

FREE! MUST PRE-REGISTER! To register, CLICK HERE

Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics
Thursday, April 29, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

FREE! MUST PRE-REGISTER! To register, CLICK HERE

Preserve the Taste of Summer: Salsa Making Basics
Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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