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Special Edition Webinar: Drought Planning and Response in Livestock Operations

October 3, 2023, 11:40 am | Alena Whitaker

The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 5 at noon CDT will feature Iowa State University’s Daniel Andersen. He will discuss drought impacts on livestock and emergency planning to respond to critical water shortages. The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the Iowa Learning Farms website.


Review Your Retirement Finances: It’s National Retirement Security Month

October 2, 2023, 9:12 am | Ryan Stuart

According to a recent survey by the Iowa Insurance Division, approximately 49% of Iowans feel they are neither adequately planning nor financially prepared for retirement. October is National Retirement Security Month and a great time to review your retirement finances, said Ryan Stuart, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Winter Care of the Cow Herd Compared in New Publication

September 29, 2023, 11:07 am | Garland Dahlke, Sherry Hoyer

A recent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach study was designed to evaluate whether the effects of winter grazing or confinement for winter care of beef cows in Iowa would have any long-term impact.


40 Iowa Youth Begin Term on State 4-H Council

September 21, 2023, 3:51 pm | Sydney Peterson, Madeleine Bretey-Smith

Forty Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties.  

Iowa 4-H Announces Youth Livestock Judging Contest Winners

September 21, 2023, 9:45 am | Sydney Peterson, Celine Beggs-Shoemaker

More than 170 4-H members from 34 counties participated in the 2023 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Participants were asked to evaluate eight classes of cattle, sheep, swine and meat goats, reviewing breed characteristics, physical conformation and structure, and gain efficiency.

Mental Health Grant Awarded to Iowa 4-H SWITCH, a Collaborative School Wellness Initiative

September 20, 2023, 8:30 am | Sydney Peterson, Laura Paulsen, Sally Shaver DuBois

SWITCH, an innovative school wellness initiative, has received additional funding from the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health at the University of Iowa. SWITCH is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and an interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State. Currently schools may enroll in SWITCH for the 2023-2024 school year.

Grain Safety Shorts: Grain Handling Equipment Safety

September 18, 2023, 8:54 am | Kristina TeBockhorst

Harvest season can be hectic, but it is well worth taking the time to consider safety when operating grain handling equipment. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Conservation Learning Group Publishes Water Issues in Iowa Report

September 13, 2023, 2:01 pm | Jacqueline Comito

Water Issues in Iowa, a report and infographic from the Conservation Learning Group, provides insights and priorities expressed by Iowans regarding water quality across the state and tracks changes in perceptions of water quality issues among Iowans over the past 15 years. The CLG is based at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges.


2023 Iowa State Fair Skillathon Contest Results Announced

September 11, 2023, 1:42 pm | Sydney Peterson, Celine Beggs-Shoemaker, Amy Powell

This year, 247 youth from 49 Iowa counties participated in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach skillathons for dairy, meat goat, sheep and swine at the Iowa State Fair. Participants identified feed samples, breeds and meat cuts while answering questions about genetics, nutrients, quality assurance, handling and welfare.


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