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Commercial Manure Applicator Training Scheduled for Jan. 3, 2019

December 14, 2018, 9:41 am | Daniel Andersen, Melissa McEnany, Rachel Kennedy

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct a Commercial Manure Applicator training on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Commercial manure applicators can attend the annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements. Read more about Commercial Manure Applicator Training Scheduled for Jan. 3, 2019

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Commodity Prices and Higher Interest Rates Drive Modest Farmland Value Loss

December 12, 2018, 10:26 am | Wendong Zhang

After a reprieve in 2017, commodity prices, interest rates and trade disruptions 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. Read more about Commodity Prices and Higher Interest Rates Drive Modest Farmland Value Loss

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ISU Awarded Grant to Continue Hosting Regional Center for Food Safety

December 11, 2018, 3:24 pm | Joe Hannan, Angela Laury Shaw

Iowa State University has received a grant to continue hosting the North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical assistance to help fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) across the 12-state region. Read more about ISU Awarded Grant to Continue Hosting Regional Center for Food Safety

Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Credits Available at IFVGA Conference

December 10, 2018, 3:09 pm | Joe Hannan

Pesticide applicator continuing instruction credits will be offered for commercial applicators in category 1D and private applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference. The conference will be held on Jan. 24-25, 2019 in Ankeny. Read more about Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Credits Available at IFVGA Conference

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Popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Continues Tradition Jan. 26

December 7, 2018, 2:18 pm | Patrick Wall

The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has a reputation of providing timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry. Patrick Wall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, said the 2019 conference Jan. 26 will continue that successful tradition. Read more about Popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Continues Tradition Jan. 26

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Research on Monarchs’ Egg-laying Preferences Can Guide Recovery Efforts

December 7, 2018, 11:22 am | John Patience, Ann Robinson, Dana Schweitzer

Loss of habitat containing milkweed plants is considered a leading cause of the precipitous decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past 20 years. Iowa, in the center of the monarch’s summer breeding range, has a goal to establish hundreds of millions of new milkweed stems across 480,000 to 830,000 acres, by 2038. Read more about Research on Monarchs’ Egg-laying Preferences Can Guide Recovery Efforts

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Plan to Stay Ahead: Workbook Has Tips for Saving Money, Meeting Goals

December 5, 2018, 9:49 am | Mary M. Weinand, Laura Sternweis

Is the money always gone before the month ends? Is buying a car – or anything else – only a dream, because you just can’t afford it? Anyone who answers yes to these questions may benefit from a spending plan, says Mary Weinand, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about Plan to Stay Ahead: Workbook Has Tips for Saving Money, Meeting Goals

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