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Iowa CSA Farms: 2017 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers Serving Iowa
This directory lists 105 Iowa farms that operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprises, with contact information, website links, available produce and distribution range shown for each farm.

The CSAs are searchable by county and the 20 ISU Extension and Outreach regions. The directory is updated annually.

Previously known as PM 1692.
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ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software
The ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software is stand alone, Windows™ based software designed for commercial beef feedyards to monitor animal and financial performance, generate invoices for custom fed cattle and close-outs on finished lots. Input data regarding feed and health product use, production costs and income are used to calculate real time weight gains, breakeven values and returns on cattle moving through the operation.

Additional information about this software and others can be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center or by contacting Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or garland@iastate.edu

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.

Download and view the free promotional flier (AS 13B) below and take a peek at the benefits this software offers.
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Iowa Food Hub Meat-to-School Series Part A: Sourcing Meat for Schools in Northeast Iowa
Farm-to-school programs around the country have wrestled with the challenge of sourcing local meat. To explore this question, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Iowa Food Hub, sought to build a meat-to-school program in northeast Iowa. This series of three publications provides highlights of the project's successes and challenges, on the topics of sourcing products, working with pork producers, and working with beef producers.

This publication series tells the story of the meat-to-school journey in northeast Iowa and what was learned along the way.
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BRaNDS Stocker Module
Use to evaluate and formulate rations for growing cattle on grass or crop residue. Utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program’s default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Soybean 2016
Results of soybean yield trials that are conducted annually by ISU and the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. Provides information farmers need to select the best varieties or brands for their production conditions.
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests -- Corn 2016
The Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn is conducted each year to help farmers select the best hybrids for their production conditions. All 6 Corn Districts are now conveniently combined into one publication.
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Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms
Provides information about typical income levels generated by Iowa farms. Also illustrates other important measures and ratios that can help you evaluate the profitability, liquidity, and solvency of your own farm over time.

Worksheet and formulas included
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Cleaning Iowa's Waters with Saturated Buffers in Iowa Watersheds
Working with private land-owners in Iowa Water Quality Initiative Watersheds, saturated buffers are being established and monitored as a nitrate management practice within tile-drained watersheds. This resource will give you more information about the practice.

This information is also available as infographic to post to websites and social media.
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Dare to Excel newsletter - December
Find ways to set media limits and help your child improve overall performance in school. Too much media time can negatively influence sleep in children. Violent media games can give children negative feelings toward others. Includes tips to manage media time in your home.
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Beef Feedlot Systems Manual
This manual can help producers compare five feedlot facility types including confinement and open lot.

Estimated costs, performance assumptions based on available research, manure value, and discussion on environmental issues are provided and analyzed for each facility type.

The companion Feedlot Facility Economic Assessment calculator provides producers with a quick comparison between types of facilities and related costs. Spreadsheets can be customized to your operation to conduct an economic facility assessment, input costs, and performance related measures to optimize operations. Use it conjunction with the Beef Feedlot Manual.

To be notified of updates on the calculator tool, provide your contact information here.
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Soybean Cyst Nematode Field Guide
Soybean cyst nematode is the most economically significant pest of soybeans in Iowa and has been found in 98 of the 99 Iowa counties. Infested soybean plants often show no symptoms other than reduced yield. The 62-page field guide is designed as a resource for agronomists and farmers to manage soybean cyst nematode.
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Wages and Benefits for Farm Employees | Results of a 2011 Iowa Survey
Results of a random survey of large-scale Iowa farms employing one or more persons full-time in 2011 show a wide variety in the level and type of wages and benefits earned by the 20,000 people working as full-time farm employees.
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Weed Science Program 2011 Weed Control Results
The 2011 Weed Control Results for the Iowa State University Weed Science Program report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms and other producer fields in Iowa. Highlights include experiments that report on herbicide tactics to control waterhemp, with evolved resistance to HPPD inhibitor herbicides and glyphosate-resistant biotypes.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2011 Summary Report
This report summarizes the results of the 2011 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - an annual survey on issues important to rural Iowa since 1982. Topics highlighted: climate change, conservation, agricultural drainage, internet use, balancing budgets and what is in a name.
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2011 Yellow book for soybean aphid
This publication provides soybean aphid treatment recommendations and application rates, based on research conducted at two northern Iowa research farms in 2011. In addition to treatment techniques, the publication also contains information about the soybean aphid life cycle, scouting advice and a statewide summary for 2011.
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Let's Eat for the Health of It
Iowa customers only.

Learn how to choose a healthy plate with these tips. Based on 2011 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this booklet also provides information on cutting back on fats, added sugars and salt; eating the right amount of calories for you; and being physically active your way.

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Pest Alert - Bur Oak Blight
Published by the USDA Forest Service in 2011, this publication uses clear photos to show the symptoms of bur oak blight, a recently discovered and damaging disease of bur oaks in Iowa. Includes how to recognize bur oak blight, where to get help in diagnosing the problem, and what can be done to manage the disease.
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Selecting Forage Species
This publication compares grass and legume performance for best performance in a variety of environmental conditions.
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Performance-Based Environmental Management The Hewitt Creek Model
Find out more about this environmentally sound and economically practical watershed management model -- as farm operators and citizens cooperate.
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Iowa Prairies -- Biological Communities
This publication contains information on types of prairies, plants of Iowa prairies, wildlife of Iowa prairies, prairie ecology, people and prairies, and managing Iowa prairies.
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Iowa Weather -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Weather affects nearly every aspect of our lives, either directly or indirectly. This publication talks about the effects weather has on agriculture, health, culture, recreation, energy, and wildlife in Iowa. Severe weather, including thunderstorms, winter storms, tornadoes, floods, droughts and heat waves, as well as the future of our changing climate, also are discussed.
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Iowa Geology and Fossils -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Learn about the stories minerals, rocks, and fossils tell us about the history of the Earth. Sections discussing the Precambrian Era, the Paleozoic Era, the Mesozoic Era, the Cenozoic Era and the present landscape of Iowa are included as well.
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Iowa Soils -- Iowa Physical Environment Series
Find out more about Iowa’s “black gold” including the particles it’s made of, how to identify the different soil types found in Iowa, and soil conservation techniques to preserve it.
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Iowa Winter Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Iowa Winter Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
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Iowa Insects, Spiders, and Other Invertebrates -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Iowa Insects, Spiders, and Other Invertebrates -- Iowa Wildlife Series
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Iowa Mammals -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Mammals are among the most interesting and popular of all Earth’s animals. This publication focuses specifically on mammals living in Iowa, with sections on mammal families, unique adaptations mammals have made to life in Iowa, economic impact of Iowa mammals, and wildlife protection and management.
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Iowa Nesting Birds -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Many species of colorful and vocal songbirds, waterfowl, game birds, birds of prey, and wading and shorebirds nest in Iowa. This publication provides several tables, complete with distinguishing characteristics and nesting habits, for these common birds. Suggestions for attracting nesting birds to your yard, as well as ways to protect them, also are discussed.
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Iowa Reptiles and Amphibians -- Iowa Wildlife Series
A wide variety and large number of reptiles and amphibians live in Iowa. Learn about the frogs, salamanders, toads, snakes, and turtles that inhabit the lakes, ponds, rivers, and woodlands in Iowa.
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Iowa Fish -- Iowa Wildlife Series
Learn about the wide variety of fish species found in waterways throughout the state of Iowa. Also learn about the effect water quality has on fish, and how fish populations are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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Iowa Habitat Loss and Disappearing Wildlife -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses habitats in Iowa, including woodland, prairies, and wetland and streams. It also provides information on periods of rampant habitat and wildlife loss and laws that protect habitat and wildlife in Iowa.
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Iowa Air Pollution -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses air pollution in Iowa and includes sections on air pollution and global climate change, stopping pollution at its source, and atmospheric ozone and CFCs.
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Iowa Water Pollution -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses water pollution in Iowa, and includes sections discussing surface and groundwater systems, non-point source and point source pollution, erosion, pollution, and siltation of waterways, preventing water pollution, and maintaining and improving water quality.
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Iowa Agricultural Practices and the Environment -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Discover sustainable solutions to problems created by modern agriculture -- problems such as loss of diversity and soil erosion.
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People, Communities, and Their Iowa Environment -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
This publication discusses the nature of communities, community environmental benefits, and getting to know the community and the environment. It also discusses several stories of successful Iowa communities.
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Energy in Iowa -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about studying energy, fuels we use, renewable energy resources, and environmental and economic connections in this Iowa Environmental Issues publication. Also revisit Iowa’s energy vision, the legislation that is leading the way, and ways you can help Iowa move toward a sustainable energy future.
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Iowa Waste Management -- Iowa Environmental Issues Series
Learn about waste management in Iowa and how new beliefs and behaviors about garbage have encouraged Iowans to recycle more and waste less.
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Iowa Wildlife Management -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication discusses wildlife management, including its history, goals, and practices. It also includes sections on the basics of habitats, checks and balances, introduced species, and managing for wildlife diversity.
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Keeping Iowa Wildlife Wild -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication put out by the Iowa Association of Naturalists provides general information on a variety of wildlife including mammals, birds of prey, and songbirds. It also gives instructions for what to do if you find an injured wild animal and what to do if you have uninvited visitors in or near your home.
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Misconceptions about Iowa Wildlife -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
We grow up with many myths and misconceptions about wildlife that make people fearful of certain animals. This publication clears up many misconceptions relating to spiders, insects, amphibians, snakes, birds, and mammals.
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State Symbols of Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Iowa is a state with many unique, impressive, and important natural features. Our state government has recognized the importance of these natural features by designating some as official “state symbols.” Four of these symbols, the state flower, bird, tree, and rock, are discussed in this publication created by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
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Iowa Food Webs and other interrelationships -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Learn about Iowa food webs and how they are affected by human interaction in this publication from the Iowa Association of Naturalists. Interrelationships beyond food webs, including symbiotic, commensalism, mutualism, parasitic, and predation, as well as the attempts that have been made to restore such relationships in nature also are discussed.
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Natural Cycles in Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
Natural cycles are the processes by which all essential materials flow through the living and non-living parts of ecosystems. Learn about the natural water, gaseous, sedimentary, and nutrient cycling systems that occur in Iowa in this publication.
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Iowa Biodiversity -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publications talks about biodiversity and how the strength of natural habitats depends on the diversity of plant and animal life within those habitats and how a loss of diversity can have major impacts on the environment. Humans are dependent on a diversity of plant and animal resources as well, but overpopulation of people threatens biodiversity. Steps have been taken to protect the biodiversity of natural habitats and this publication provides ways individuals can make a difference.
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Adapting to Iowa -- Iowa Wildlife and People Series
This publication discusses the Iowa environment, why it’s considered transitional, and the unique ways a wide variety of animals and plants have learned to adapt to Iowa’s variety of habitats.
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Important Iowa Conservationists -- Iowa Natural Resource Heritage Series
This publication provides mini biographies for several important Iowa conservationists, including John F. Lacey, the pioneer of federal conservation legislation; Bohumil Shimek, Iowa’s first environmental educator; Louis H. Pammel, founder of Iowa’s state park system; Ada Hayden, first voice for preservation of Iowa’s prairies; and Aldo Leopold, pioneer of modern conservation.
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Iowa's Spring Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in Iowa’s beautiful landscape will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This publication is part of Iowa’s Plants booklet series and offers a basic overview of Iowa’s spring wildflowers, their ecology, and benefits. Detailed black and white drawings accompany the descriptions.
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Iowa's Summer and Fall Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in the beauty of the Iowa outdoors will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This publication is part of Iowa’s Plants booklet series and offers a basic overview of Iowa’s summer and fall wildflowers, their ecology, and benefits. Detailed black and white drawings accompany the descriptions.
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Benefits and Dangers of Iowa Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Plants fulfill specific roles in food chains, climate, and environment and ultimately affect other plants, wildlife, and people. Learn about the importance, benefits, and dangers of Iowa plants in this publication put out by the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
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Iowa's Trees -- Iowa's Plants
This publication provides basic information on trees. It also introduces the wide variety of trees found in Iowa that produce nuts, fruits, and seeds and the role these trees play in the environment.
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Seeds, Nuts, and Fruits of Iowa Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Plants are a beautiful and important part of nature. Learn about how they get their start in this publication about seeds from the Iowa Association of Naturalists. Topics discussed include what seeds are, how they are dispersed, and where they come from.
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Iowa's Mushrooms and Nonflowering Plants -- Iowa's Plants
Learn about Iowa's mushrooms and other nonflowering plants such as ferns, mosses, and algae.
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Iowa's Shrubs and Vines -- Iowa's Plants
This publication is part of Iowa’s Plants booklet series and is prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists. It offers a basic overview of Iowa’s shrubs and vines, their ecology, and benefits. Detailed black and white drawings accompany the descriptions.
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