Nutrition, health, food security and local foods awareness are components of plans created by Rising Star Interns for a 2016 summer program.
Because of increasing interest in grape production, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has reproduced and updated its popular publication on grape cultivars.
Courtney Long, with Iowa State University, received a 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Award for the “Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit” program. Long was named second runner-up in this competition that recognizes outstanding efforts by state and local MarketMaker programs around the country.
A new publication from ISU Extension and Outreach titled "Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production" provides detailed information on those three important aspects of organic production.
A new publication looks at the small, very small, things in the soil that play a huge role in plant growth and development. The author, Ajay Nair, encourages growers to test soils regularly - preferably in the fall.
To encourage visits to farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has relaunched its Visit Iowa Farms website at www.visitiowafarms.org. The website serves as a database of farms across the state willing to host visitors.
Designing and constructing a hop yard is the focus of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication "Hops 101: Commercial hop yard trellis design."
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in food security mini-grant funds in 2016 courtesy of Iowa State University’s SNAP-Education.
Professional development for those active in local foods is available at no cost Feb. 15. The following day Iowa's Regional Food Systems Working Group will conduct their quarterly meeting.
2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.