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Acreage Living has featured articles on compost in prior issues. Still looking for help in establishing a compost pile for your small farm or acreage? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has a new publication that can help!

If this spring revitalization were a cast of characters, I think we’d agree that geese and robins play the leading role. But my favorite, and perhaps one of the most undervalued supporting characters in this annual revival, is the American Woodcock.

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer three hours classed for anyone interested in being certified morel mushroom certification to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act preserved like-kind exchange treatment for real property, but eliminated it for personal property. Today, we take an initial look at what that means for farmers or other taxpayers looking to trade equipment or livestock in 2018.

Several species of fruits can be grown successfully in Iowa for home use or commercial sales. However, because of our winter temperatures and local soil conditions, not all fruits or fruit cultivars (cultivated varieties) are adapted to all areas of the state. What works well?


Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production. These workshops are supported by the USDA North Central Sustainable Agriculture and Research.

Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect and disease management and environmental control. A visit to a local farm operating a high tunnel is also part of the workshop. “Participants will learn how to protect the health of soil in a high tunnel so that it stays productive over the long term,” said Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The all-day classes will be held:

1. April 6 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Henry County office in Mt. Pleasant, IA
2. April 10 at the North Iowa Fairgrounds’ 4-H Learning Center in Mason City, IA, and
3. April 13 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Cass County office in Atlantic, IA.

Ajay Nair, associate professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist, will lead the workshops along with Donald Lewis, Joe Hannan, Laura Iles, and Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, pathologist with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic clinic. Register by March 30 by filling the form below. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on the day of the workshop with workshop running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required as space is limited. 

Registration and more information here.

Date of Publication: 
March, 2018

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