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Gary Taylor has been named director for the Community and Economic Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He has been interim director since 2015. He also will serve as associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach, and director of Design Extension. His appointment begins Aug. 19.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2018 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues, and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

The quality of care that children receive between birth and age five sets the stage for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers professional development for child care providers.

Iowa Learning Farms will host a monarch butterfly conservation field day Thursday, Sept. at the Logan Abandoned Mine Land Site near Bussey. The 10 a.m.-12 p.m. field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

One hundred thirty Iowa youth from 68 counties participated in the 2017 Awardrobe Clothing Event Aug. 10 at the Iowa State Fair. 

Six Iowa teams participated in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program’s seventh annual Crop Scouting Competition on July 31. The first place overall winning team at this year’s competition is Kuhlman Seed from Denison.

The Aug. 31 field day in Fairfield will have more of a workshop setting and will focus on considerations for seeding cover crops in dry conditions.

 

Iowa State University and USA Boxing’s Parkin-A-Punch program is a semifinalist for The Encore Prize: Generation to Generation Challenge. The public can vote for Parkin-A-Punch once per day through Aug. 31 and help this project advance to the final stage of judging.

ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Iowa Learning Farms, Cedar Creek Watershed, Lower Skunk Watershed and Jefferson County Farm Bureau, will host a cover crop field day Aug. 31, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

An Iowa State University project to forecast and evaluate real-time soil and crop conditions in specific fields will be the subject of a field day Aug. 24 at the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm near Boone.

The risks of hydrogen sulfide in swine operations have been known for years, but beef operators also need to be aware of the dangers this gas can pose.

Home gardeners can successfully grow grapes in Iowa’s climate. Grapes can flourish in a backyard garden or a vineyard, but obstacles like insects and knowing the proper harvest time can keep them from reaching their full potential.

New forestry resources are available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to assist with emerald ash borer management decisions. ISU Extension and Outreach has released three new publications to assist in making informed decisions about hiring arborists and selecting replacement trees.

A field day will be held at the ISU Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site near Gilmore City Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua will host a field day Aug. 25 with information for the upcoming harvest.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a series of resources designed to help farmers scout their crops for potential issues to be managed.

The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is partnering with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa to offer a week-long course in advanced grain elevator operations management. The course will be offered on the Iowa State campus Jan. 8-12, 2018.

Iowa State University’s Organic Agriculture Program will sponsor a field day devoted to organic research and production practices Aug. 22 at the Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm near Greenfield.

Fruit trees can provide an abundance of nutritious, high quality, fresh fruit during the growing season. However, it can be difficult to know when to harvest fruit such as plums, apricots and peaches for full flavor and value.