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Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, on the Gordon Wassenaar farm, rural Prairie City.

A high tunnel short course Nov. 6 at Reiman Gardens will highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops, as well as information on the economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production.

Bats play an important part in Iowa’s ecosystem. Bats help farmers and homeowners alike by feasting on a broad range of insects. In Iowa, this means meals of moths, beetles and mosquitoes.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers Farm Financial Planning, a program providing one-on-one financial support and advice to farmers. The Farm Financial Planning program was initiated in the 1980s in response to the farm crisis. It continues to be available to give Iowans confidence with stressful issues, legal questions and financial concerns.

A series of six new videos from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have been created to help beginning dairy farmers learn about different types of dairy operations and management systems.

Iowa Organic Conference, a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability, will be held Nov. 19-20 on the Universtity of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

October is the perfect time to enjoy fall foliage in Iowa. Depending on the location in the state, foliage and fall colors peak from now through the end of the month. Which trees have the best colors?

An Iowa State University research project has found that prairies, known for an abundance of deep roots, don’t interfere with tile systems running under them.

Some farmers can expect to begin receiving Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments from the Farm Service Agency during the next few weeks. The geographical distribution of the payments can be visualized online in the Iowa State University decision tool “ARC/PLC Payments per Base Acre in Iowa."

A free learning session Oct. 27 at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center in Ames will be offered for those interested in applying and learning more about the USDA Value Added Producer Grant program.

Russ Euken has received the R.K. Bliss Award from Iowa State University. The award recognizes outstanding achievement of an ISU Extension and Outreach staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program.

Donna Donald has received the Award for Distinguished Service in Extension from Iowa State University. This is the highest honor bestowed on an extension professional, recognizing sustained, distinguished performance and educational contributions to Iowa State’s clientele through extension programs.

Hyacinths are a popular spring plant that can be enjoyed during winter with proper planning. Learn important steps to successfully forcing their bulbs indoors.

Technical Service Providers, Certified Crop Advisers and other advisers who work directly with farmers and landowners have two workshop options this fall to complete the first step of a three-part certification program to become a prairie strips consultant.

Joe Sellers, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will discuss which practices make grazing more effective and how management-intensive grazing can work on Iowa farms.

High tunnels are inexpensive, passive solar structures that are designed to extend the growing season and intensify production. While relatively new to agriculture in the United States, high tunnels can increase profits for producers when properly managed.

Coping with a frightening event in the news or a natural disaster can be difficult for children and their families. Lori Hayungs, a human science specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests actions parents and caregivers can take to help children cope.

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI) and the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) are partnering to offer a free informational class about Food and Drug Administration Food Firm registration.

Time harvest of remaining garden produce to get the full bounty of the season from garden crops.