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Updated: 2016-10-27T13:30:20Z


Educational Program for Sheep Producers to be Held in Ames


ISU Extension and Outreach event will feature both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities for youth and adults.

Cover Crop Grazing Field Day Planned for November 15 near Dayton


Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, will host a cover crop grazing field day Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Kellie and AJ Blair’s farm, rural Dayton.

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Yard and Garden: Handling Ornamental Grasses For Fall Foliage and Winter Coverage


Fall brings with it beautiful colors across the state. Most identify trees with those spectacular vistas, but ornamental grasses also can provide great color for landscapes.


Petrzelka Elected President for CARET North Central Region


Iowan Bob Petrzelka recently was elected north central region president of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. He has been a delegate to this national grassroots organization since 2013, representing Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Farmer-Mentor Roundtables Highlight Iowa Organic Conference


Registration remains open for 16th annual Iowa Organic Conference to be held Nov. 13-14 in Iowa City.

Scout for Corn Molds and Ear Rots This Harvest Season


The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has received several questions from southwest Iowa producers about corn mold this harvest season. Based on producer descriptions of black mold or black dust that becomes airborne when the plants are disturbed, common corn smut is the most likely culprit in many of these cases.


Yard and Garden: Constructing and Managing Compost Piles


The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth.


2016 ICM Conference Will Evaluate Ag Economy, Discuss Crop Production Issues


Highlights of the Integrated Crop Management Conference Nov. 30-Dec. 1 will be guest speakers, multiple sessions each hour and the opportunity to network with others in the agriculture industry.


ISU Awarded $1.1 Million Grant For Food Safety Modernization Act Education


The Food and Drug Administration has announced a $1.1 million grant to Iowa State University in an effort to help Iowa fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations.


Iowa 4-H’ers Place in AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl


A Story County team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb.

OMAHA, Neb. – A team of Iowa 4-H’ers captured third place in the AKSARBEN 4-H Quiz Bowl. The Sept. 24 event was part of the 89th AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo in Omaha, Neb. Competing teams demonstrated their knowledge about nutrition, health, genetics, production, current industry issues or management areas related to beef, swine, meat goat and sheep.

Iowa’s Story County team A, the third place recipient, included team members Jake Sterle, Nicole Dewell, Dana Edelman and Avery Mather. They were coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder.

Two additional Iowa teams participated in the quiz bowl. Story County team B included Jackson Sterle, Jordan Rydl and Connor Finch, also coached by Jerilyn Hergenreder. The Franklin County team included Jaiden Shahan, Jacob Fjeld, Mikayla Fjeld, Jenna Shahan and Justine Jordahl, coached by Jackie Dohlman.

“4-H livestock quiz bowl competitions allow youth to showcase their expertise in the fields of nutrition, selection, reproduction and other animal management practices. It’s great to see them apply the knowledge that they learn throughout their 4-H experience,” said Mike Anderson, 4-H youth program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Other teams represented in the contest were from Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina and Oklahoma.