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More than 200 youth from 58 Iowa counties participated in three skill-a-thons at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach held skill-a-thons for goat, sheep and swine.

Summer is winding down and fall is almost here. That means it’s time to start focusing on plants that rebloom during colder months, like the amaryllis or the Christmas cactus. They often require specialized care to reach their full potential.

Summer school is thought of as a time to catch up on schoolwork and get back in the groove before the regular academic year begins again. This summer, however, some students learned in a unique way with Ricochet, an Iowa 4-H leadership program.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, 121 Iowa 4-H volunteers from 94 counties were inducted into the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.

Anindita Das, community development specialist, has been with the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for about 15 months and her impact already is being felt in many important ways.

On Aug. 21 nearly 2,000 young Iowans experienced the near-total solar eclipse at a local 4-H day camp.

Dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host webinars on Sept. 19 and 26, entertaining and educating with a dairy version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Whiterock Conservancy, will host a rotational and flex grazing field day on Thursday, Sept.14, 4 -6 p.m. The field day will begin at the Oak Ridge Campground, rural Coon Rapids.

As fall approaches, it’s time to start thinking about germinating seeds for the upcoming growing season. Starting them outdoors and then transferring inside can lead to good results. How can this be accomplished?

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with West Branch of the Floyd River Watershed Project, will host a cover crop and soil health field day Wednesday, Sept.13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The field day will be held at Jonathon and Crystal Kiel’s farm, rural Orange City.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals by offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Monday, Sept. 11.

The Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville will host its fall field day for farmers, farmer advisors and general public on Sept. 7.

Iowa State University joins with Dordt College’s Ag Stewardship Center Sept. 6 for a field day to review the growing season and prepare for next year.

Soybean aphids, late-season crop diseases and crop prospects will be among the topics Sept. 7 at a field day at the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha.

Sixteen Iowa 4-H members qualified for the new Special Awards sponsored by IH Collector’s Club Chapter 5. Youth who exhibited projects at the Iowa State Fair related to IH/Farmall brand family were eligible to participate.

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development program will host an instructor’s training event on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Fayette County office in Fayette, Iowa.   

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is reviving its Community Tree Steward program, a seven-meeting course designed to train community members on proper selection, care and maintenance of trees.

More than 75 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices and partner organizations are working to provide high quality STEM education opportunities to youth for the upcoming solar eclipse.

Farmers in the southeast and northwest portions of Iowa are dealing with drought, while those in the north and northeast have seen extensive flooding. Losses due to drought and flooding are insurable under multiple peril crop insurance, and the August issue of Ag Decision Maker seeks to answer frequently asked questions about crop insurance.