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March 28, 2016 11:24 AM

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Gere Creek Watershed Project, will host a cover crop field day on Tuesday, April 12, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Daryl Ducommun and Ramona and John Nitz farms in rural Larrabee.

March 25, 2016 01:51 PM

Deciding how much to pay for a bull is no easy task, but knowing which factors to consider can help producers feel more confident in the decision-making process, says Patrick Gunn, a cow-calf specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 25, 2016 01:35 PM

Cattle producers might benefit from using different forage harvest practices such as baleage, and the new publication, "Making the Switch to Baleage," could help, says Patrick Gunn, a cow-calf specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 23, 2016 11:37 AM

Strawberries are well suited for any home garden. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring is one of the best times to plant strawberries in Iowa and knowing when to plant and how to grow and maintain the strawberries is key to producing a successful crop. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists give tips and suggestions on planting, growing and maintaining strawberries in Iowa.

March 23, 2016 09:10 AM

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Hagie Manufacturing and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a cover crop field day on Wednesday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

March 23, 2016 08:22 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is March 27 through April 2. County offices will host activities to acknowledge the many ways they build a strong Iowa. They also will be tagging and sharing #StrongIowa examples on social media and encouraging volunteers, partners and friends to do so as well.

March 18, 2016 09:15 AM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has hired four youth program specialists to work with the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program. They’ll work with 4-H staff and volunteers to empower youth as contributors and leaders in their communities

March 16, 2016 01:37 PM

Spring’s arrival brings thoughts of green grass, flowering trees and – potatoes. Yes, potatoes. The starchy, tuberous crop is an integral, delicious part of many diets. In Iowa, optimal planting season is fast approaching.

March 15, 2016 02:27 PM

Livestock producers will receive information from ISU Extension and Outreach on adding cover crops to annual livestock forage plans during an April 14 meeting in Mount Pleasant.

March 14, 2016 01:36 PM

Iowa youth in grades 8-11 can explore their heritage and move towards community leadership by attending  two culturally-based youth leadership accelerators.

March 14, 2016 01:18 PM

A trio of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will hold educational and how-to sessions as part of the Siouxland Garden Show, April 1-3 at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

March 14, 2016 01:03 PM

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is looking for Master Gardener volunteers to assist with growing and harvesting fresh produce that will be given to local food banks.

March 14, 2016 10:37 AM

Brenda Schmitt, Virgil Schmitt and the Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks team, all with ISU Extension and Outreach, were honored and recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty at the annual Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards breakfast March 10.

March 11, 2016 10:44 AM

The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s honor society, recognized three Friends of Extension and five ISU Extension and Outreach staff members from across the state  during Epsilon Sigma Phi’s annual awards ceremony March 8 at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.

March 10, 2016 02:15 PM

The federal Food and Drug Administration awarded Iowa State a three-year, $950,000 grant to establish the new North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training, which will provide guidance to food processors and growers in 11 Midwestern states.

March 10, 2016 01:16 PM

Standing in front of a mass of tangled grapevines and wondering what to do can be a scary experience for the novice or even the more experienced gardener. Pruning grapes becomes easier after understanding the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine.

March 8, 2016 11:42 AM

Children aren’t born knowing how to be kind or compassionate. However, these virtues can be taught, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 7, 2016 12:56 PM

Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

March 4, 2016 10:37 AM

Research suggests that an additional period of cover crop growth prior to soybeans results in high cover crop biomass production, nitrogen retention and has no negative effect on yield.

March 4, 2016 10:02 AM

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available. The publication provides rates for custom work in tillage, planting, drilling and seeding, fertilizer application, harvesting, drying and hauling grain, harvesting forages, complete custom farming, labor and both bin and machine rental.

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