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McNay Farm Field Day Will Focus on Swath Grazing

February 3, 2023, 1:42 pm | Chris Clark, Sherry Hoyer

Learn more about swath grazing during an educational pasture walk Feb. 21 in southcentral Iowa. Experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will explain this winter-grazing strategy.

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Pork Quality Assurance Advisor Sessions Set for 2023

February 3, 2023, 10:14 am | Chris Rademacher

A swine veterinarian with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will lead three Pork Quality Assurance Advisor virtual certification sessions beginning in April. Applications are now being accepted for all three sessions.

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Use Tax Refund to Reach Financial Goals

February 2, 2023, 9:25 am | Barb Wollan

Whether it’s $500 or $5,000, the way you use your tax refund can have a real impact on your personal and financial wellbeing. Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers some suggestions on how to use your tax refund.

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Scholarships from Mrs. Wages Support Food Preservation Education from ISU Extension and Outreach

February 1, 2023, 2:41 pm | Sarah Francis

Following safe food handling practices and research-based food preservation recipes is a crucial step for preventing foodborne illness. In summer 2022, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach collaborated with Mrs. Wages, a Kent Precision Foods Group brand of home food preservation products, to provide food preservation education to Iowans for free or at a reduced cost.

Pork Regional Conferences to Offer Timely Topics for Industry

February 1, 2023, 1:35 pm | Sherry Hoyer

Regional pork conferences will feature timely industry updates by experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. There are four sessions, one each day Feb. 20-23, at different locations, all starting at 1 p.m. All are free.

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Webinar: 2023 Crop Insurance Update from USDA

February 1, 2023, 9:24 am | Alena Whitaker

A leader with the Risk Management Agency for the United States Department of Agriculture will give an update on RMA and crop insurance topics during the Feb. 8 conservation webinar with Iowa Learning Farms.

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Teachers Invited to ‘Youth Pollinator Education and Action’ Training

January 27, 2023, 3:12 pm | Maya Hayslett, Lynne Campbell, Elizabeth Settles Huffman

K-12 teachers and other educators are invited to learn about Youth Pollinator Education and Action, a program to educate youth of all ages about pollinator biology, its importance and conservation. A free training opportunity will be offered Feb. 24-25 in person at Iowa Lakeside Lab in Milford.

Iowans Being Surveyed about Wine Quality

January 27, 2023, 11:45 am | Aude Watrelot

A wine specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants to know more about how Iowans purchase and consume wine. Her survey is open through Feb. 13 and participation is anonymous.

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Local Food Leader Certification Begins March 23

January 26, 2023, 1:02 pm | Kaley Hohenshell

The next virtual Local Food Leader Certification will be held this spring, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The certification is intended for beginning local food practitioners, although it is open for anyone who is interested in food systems development and collaboration.

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Prairie Establishment Guide Recognized Nationally

January 25, 2023, 2:17 pm | Ann Staudt

A publication that provides farmers and landowners with practical advice on establishing prairie vegetation has been recognized nationally by the American Society of Agronomy. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Conservation Learning Group produced the guide.

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Jan. 25 Webinar Explores Resilience of Rural Latinx Immigrants

January 24, 2023, 9:49 am | Kimberly Greder

The next Relying on Rural Resilience webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. Central time. An Iowa State University professor and a mental health counselor will discuss engaging rural Latinx immigrant families in health outreach. This quarterly webinar series highlights findings based on more than 20 years of research with low-income, rural families across the United States.

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'Women Managing Horses' to Help Female Equine Owners

January 23, 2023, 12:51 pm | Peggy Auwerda, Madeline Schultz

Women horse owners and caretakers will have an opportunity to learn more about Iowa’s equine industry from a business and production perspective, during a four-session course on equine management decisions. The in-person program begins Feb. 9 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Adair County office in Greenfield.

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Can Beavers Be Water Quality Superheroes?

January 23, 2023, 10:10 am | Liz Ripley, Billy Beck

Billy Beck, forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss the benefits of beavers in relation to in-stream conservation during a free virtual field day on Feb. 9.

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4-H Nutcracker Ballet + STEM Performance Receives 2022 Governor’s STEM Seal of Approval

January 20, 2023, 9:55 am | Sara Nelson, Elizabeth Settles Huffman

The 4-H Nutcracker Ballet + STEM program received the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval in December 2022. This recognition indicates that a program or event officially advances one of the most progressive state STEM initiatives in the country. In 2022 over 2,000 youth registered for the in-person or livestreamed experience.

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