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Can Cover Crops Improve Grassland Bird Habitat?

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 15:33
Wildlife specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will join experts from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to discuss the relationship between cover crops and wildlife.

New Yard and Garden Website Offers Timely Info and Answers

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 12:14
A new website launched by the horticulture team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach covers common yard and garden issues.

Yard and Garden: Spring Houseplant Care

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 14:17
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach discuss what you can do with your houseplants now that spring has arrived.

Norton Named Director of Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 12:51
Erin Norton looks forward to growing the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute and expanding extension and outreach offerings for the Iowa wine industry.

Early Bird Registration Now Open for the Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference

Mon, 04/01/2024 - 14:37
Registration is open for the Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference, June 13-14 in Iowa City. Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for two days of educational sessions.

Yard and Garden: Planting and Growing Onions

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 12:05
Onions are a popular addition to the vegetable garden as they are easy to grow and take up little space in the garden. In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about growing onions.

Vineyard Pruning Workshop Will Compare Mechanical and Hand-Pruning Techniques

Wed, 03/13/2024 - 14:39
A vineyard pruning workshop on March 19 will showcase the differences between hand-pruning and mechanical-pruning. Join specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for a two-hour workshop near Tipton, Iowa.

Wine Chemistry Workshop Series to Feature Live Virtual Learning

Fri, 03/08/2024 - 12:34
Winemakers can improve their chemistry skills through a series of virtual workshops offered by specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in April and early May.

Five Counties Receive the Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award

Tue, 03/05/2024 - 12:53
Five Iowa counties have been recognized with the Search for Excellence Award through the Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Chainsaw Academy for Women Will Provide Weekend Opportunity for Hands-on Learning

Mon, 03/04/2024 - 09:05
A chainsaw safety and operation class will be offered to women April 6-7 midway between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for two days of education and networking.

Agritourism Checklists Help Those with On-Farm Visitors Manage Liability

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 14:38
When planning an agritourism venture, be sure to consider the legal and technical requirements of the business. These checklists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach help simplify the process.

Yard and Garden: How to Manage Garden Plants that Break Dormancy Early

Wed, 02/28/2024 - 11:11
Unseasonably warm temperatures in Iowa have gardeners and commercial fruit growers concerned about the potential for freeze damage. In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer common questions.

Master Woodland Steward Program to Be Offered in Spring and Fall

Fri, 02/23/2024 - 09:44
The Iowa Master Woodland Steward Program will offer seven learning modules spread over a six-week period, with a combination of online and in-field learning opportunities organized by a forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Woodland Owners Can Improve Their Planning and Goal Setting with New Assessment Tools

Fri, 02/16/2024 - 16:49
Knowing where to begin with woodland assessment can be tricky. Two new forest resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach seek to help Iowans who are in the beginning stages of understanding their forests.

Siouxland Garden Symposium Set for March 16

Thu, 02/15/2024 - 15:22
The Siouxland Garden Symposium, formerly known as the Siouxland Garden Show, is set for March 16 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City.

Small Farm and Beginning Farmer Webinars Offer Guidance and Insight to Entrepreneurs

Wed, 02/14/2024 - 10:28
The Small Farm & Beginning Farmer series provides remote learning opportunities for beginning farmers and small acreage owners. Sessions are led by specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and are scheduled through December.

Yard and Garden: Hardwood Cuttings

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 08:40
Many trees and shrubs in the home landscape can be propagated by hardwood cuttings. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists answer questions about this method that uses shoots of the previous year’s growth to produce new plants.

Wild-Harvested Mushroom Certification Class to Return This Spring

Wed, 01/31/2024 - 10:12
Mushroom gatherers and wild-harvested mushroom sellers from across the state are encouraged to attend Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s wild mushroom class this spring. In-person workshops will be held March 23, April 6 and April 20.

Produce Safety Training Sessions for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers

Mon, 01/29/2024 - 09:12
An in-person produce safety training will be held on Feb. 28, at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Webster County office in Fort Dodge, and a remote virtual event will be held on April 3, via Zoom.

Growing Together Mini-Grants Awarded to 32 Iowa Counties

Fri, 01/26/2024 - 08:00
In the midst of record-setting food pantry usage throughout the state, Growing Together Mini-Grants will provide fresh produce and nutrition education to pantries in 2024 through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s SNAP-Education program. A total of 32 projects are being funded, with the goal of increasing food security and promoting healthy food access and nutrition education.

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