The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars. The 2012 series titled "Garden Goodness" will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension county offices on the fourth Tuesday of the month, May through August. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.
Older Iowans are getting a new lease on LIFE — Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise. Although only in its pilot phase, this Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program already is showing that older adults age 60+ can improve their flexibility and hand grip strength in just six months with appropriate aerobic exercise and resistance activity. And they’re doing it by playing video games — also known as exergaming — with college students.
The 2012 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held Tuesday, July 24 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. The 18-hole best ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception, meal and awards program.
It’s that time of year when grocery store shelves offer an abundance of pastel-colored, wrapped candy. Communities are advertising egg hunts, in which well-meaning adults hide candy-stuffed plastic eggs in public parks for eager children to discover. In these sugar-filled times, remember moderation, said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.
Answers to farm safety and health questions, case studies and a calendar of farm safety related events are available on one website – eXtension.org. Farm safety and health is the most recent community of practice, or topic area, to launch on the national research-based information and education site.
Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.
People who need to recertify as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors and those interested in becoming certified for the first time are invited to an upcoming joint session April 19 at Iowa State University.