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December 18, 2018

Confinement site manure applicators should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by ISU Extension and Outreach in January and February 2019 to receive required continuing education.

December 18, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreah and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator Training on Thursday, Jan. 3, 201. Commercial manure applicators can attend the annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements.

December 18, 2018

After a reprieve in 2017, commodity prices, interest rates and trade distruptions drove Iowa farmland values down for the fourth time in five years. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,264. This represents a decrease of 0.8 percent, or $62 per acre, from the 2017 estimate. Land values were determined by the 2018 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

December 14, 2018

Correctly watering poinsettias will deter several common problems associated with this popular holiday flower. Iowa State horticulturists share how.

December 12, 2018

Iowa 4-H held a healthy living retreat in October, offering Iowa youth in grades 8-12 a chance to learn more about wellness and wellbeing. Youth interested in becoming an Iowa 4-H healthy living ambassador should apply before Dec. 16.

October 31, 2018

Iowa voters in every county have the opportunity to elect five members to their county's Iowa State University Extension and Outreach council in the Nov. 6 general election.

October 22, 2018

Iowa's late soybean harvest, caused by prolonged heavy rains in September and early October, has resulted in increased instances of field losses, abnormally high harvest moisture content and moldy soybeans. Combating these issues is difficult, but there are steps farmers can take to improve their crops this fall.

October 16, 2018

Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority.

October 8, 2018

We expect oaks, maples and sycamores to change colors and shed leves each autumn, but many are surprised and concerned when evergreens begin to shed needles. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about evergreens, shedding light on what's natural and what needs attention. 

October 8, 2018

Stagnant crop prices, trade disputes and a lukewarm forecast for the next several years have left many farmers worried about what the future will bring. The Iowa Concern Hotline is a 24/7 free, confidential resource for anyone with concerns or questions about farm finances, crisis and disaster response and personal health issues. Access to an attorney is also available to help provide legal education. 

September 24, 2018

Iowa 4-H program club memberships increased during the 2017-2018 program year to over 23,000 young people in grades 4-12 and an additional 7,400 youth grades K-3 in the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program.

September 13, 2018

This year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. Remembering a few basic principles critical to harvest and storage of high quality corn silage feed stuff reduce the challenges.

September 5, 2018

By starting early and making learning part of everyday activities, parents can encourage the skills children need for success in school later on, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

September 4, 2018

Proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share tips on fall lawn care practices, including controlling broadleaf weeds. 

August 30, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist Carol Huneycutt Ehlers has been designated a Certified Housing Counselor by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. This is her second national mark of excellence from the association.

August 29, 2018

Incorporating conservation practices into land leases takes careful thought and planning. Changes or additions to leases can't be undertaken overnight, meaning both landowners and tenants need to communicate their thoughts and intentions early in the discussion regarding these practices.

August 29, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule outlining the conditions under which the USDA will pay indemnity to farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza. 

August 10, 2018

The edible part of the potato is the underground swollen stem known as a tuber - which varies in size, shape, color, storability and culinary uses according to cultivar. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain potential potato skin problems and management of the issues causing them.

August 10, 2018

Besides buying school supplies, another necessary item for back-to-school planning is open communication, which will ease parents' and children's first-day nerves, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 31, 2018

Tim Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.

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