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Category 1B, Agricultural Insect Management -- Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual
This manual is for individuals planning to become certified in commercial pesticide applicator Category 1B, Agricultural Insect Management.

This category manual supplements information in the Iowa Core Manual, CS 0445, and should not be used for certification preparation without referring to that manual.
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Light and Sound -- InventSTEM Club Activity
Dancing to music is a great way to let out energy! Did you know that light and sound are also ways to express energy? Let’s explore the relationship between light and sound with good vibrations by creating our own music and light show.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the InventSTEM webpage.
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Drawing Robot -- STEM Club Activity
Your challenge is to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that can draw a card for a friend on paper using a marker. You might also work within your club to draw a large poster you could display in your club meeting room.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the Iowa 4-H Robotics Clubs webpage.
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Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car -- Bookmark STEM (Unit=25)
Bookmark STEM bookmark to use as a companion with the book "Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car," by Peggy Thomas. Includes directions to enjoy reading the book together. Prompts for before, during and after the reading experience. Next, do a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) challenge!

These bookmarks could be placed into a book and given away at an educational or promotional event, used to support youth learning by reading the chosen book and doing the accompanying STEM activity, or placed into an activity materials bag and supported with an online learning experience.
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Field Tips for Successful Composting
This publication provides best practices for composting swine carcasses.
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Caring for Cow Herds During Cold Weather
Cold weather and the associated stress that comes with it is unavoidable in the Midwest. Adequate planning and advance preparation can help to reduce the impact of cold on cattle welfare, health and performance. This publication provides several management practices that can help reduce the impact of cold stress on cattle.
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Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2021
This publication estimates the cost of crop production in Iowa for 2020. Estimates for corn following corn, corn following soybeans, corn silage following corn, herbicide tolerant soybeans following corn, strip tillage corn and soybeans, non-herbicide tolerant soybeans following corn, low-till corn and soybeans, oats and hay production, alfalfa, grass pastures and machinery costs are all included.
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Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO)
The 2018 Farm Bill extends the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), an endorsement to farm-level crop insurance policies available through the Common Crop Insurance program, and new for 2021 is the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO). This publication explains how SCO and ECO can extend coverage beyond the 85% coverage level of multi-peril crop insurance.
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How to Sample Manure for Nutrient Analysis
A field-by-field nutrient management program requires multiple components to maintain adequate fertility for crop growth and development. A well-designed soil sampling plan, including proper soil test interpretations, along with manure sampling, manure nutrient analysis, equipment calibration, appropriate application rates and application methods are all necessary components of a nutrient management plan. This publication describes how to sample solid, semisolid, and liquid manure.

Previously known as PM 1558.
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Want Yard or Garden Information? - Ask Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
You’ll find more than 100 publications with facts about flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, lawns, trees, and shrubs listed in this gardening resources publication.
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Microsoft Office Training - Creating Accessible Digital Documents
Are you ready to:
  • Begin making a difference with digital accessibility? 
  • Reach more individuals with your content?
  • Support equity and inclusion in your organization?
  • Maintain civil rights compliance?
  • Become more marketable?
Learn how to produce accessible digital documents in Microsoft Office with this step-by-step course.

While this course focuses on Microsoft Word, these concepts can be carried over to all Microsoft Office products, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook. Instructions for both Windows and Mac users are included. Microsoft Office 2016 or Microsoft 365 (installed applications, not the online version) are recommended for Windows users. Microsoft Office 365 (installed applications, not the online version) is recommended for Mac users. A basic understanding of Microsoft Office will be necessary to complete this course.

This course is one of three that teaches how to produce accessible digital documents. A course on Adobe InDesign CC and a course on Adobe Acrobat Pro DC are also available. For a discounted price per course, consider our packages of 2 or 3 courses that are also available.

If you have an ISU net-id, please access this course by logging into the eAccessibility website.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
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$350.00
Adobe InDesign CC Training - Creating Accessible Digital Documents
Are you ready to:
  • Begin making a difference with digital accessibility?
  • Reach more individuals with your content?
  • Support equity and inclusion in your organization?
  • Maintain civil rights compliance?
  • Become more marketable?
Learn how to produce accessible digital documents in Adobe InDesign CC with this step-by-step course.

While this course prepares Adobe InDesign CC files for the most accessible PDF export, additional accessibility work in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will also be necessary for a fully accessible final PDF. Adobe InDesign CC 2018 or newer is recommended. Instructions for both Windows and Mac users are included. A strong understanding of Adobe InDesign and best design practices will be necessary to complete this course.

This course is one of three that teaches how to produce accessible digital documents. A course on Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and a course on Microsoft Office are also available. For a discounted price per course, consider our packages of 2 or 3 courses that are also available.

If you have an ISU net-id, please access this course by logging into the eAccessibility website.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
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Moodle eCourse
$450.00
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Training - Creating Accessible Digital Documents
Are you ready to:
  • Begin making a difference with digital accessibility?
  • Reach more individuals with your content?
  • Support equity and inclusion in your organization?
  • Maintain civil rights compliance?
  • Become more marketable?
Learn how to produce accessible digital documents in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with this step-by-step course.

This course covers the process of remediating a PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, which is often the final step in producing a fully accessible PDF export from other softwares like Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2018 or newer is recommended. Instructions for both Windows and Mac users are included. A basic understanding of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will be necessary to complete this course.

This course is one of three that teaches how to produce accessible digital documents. A course on Adobe InDesign CC and a course on Microsoft Office are also available. For a discounted price per course, consider our packages of 2 or 3 courses that are also available.

If you have an ISU net-id, please access this course by logging into the eAccessibility website.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
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Moodle eCourse
$450.00
Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Training - Creating Accessible Digital Documents
Are you ready to:
  • Begin making a difference with digital accessibility?
  • Reach more individuals with your content?
  • Support equity and inclusion in your organization?
  • Maintain civil rights compliance?
  • Become more marketable?
Learn how to produce accessible digital documents in Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with these step-by-step courses. By purchasing this course bundle, you will save $150 as compared to purchasing each course individually!

While the Adobe InDesign CC course prepares Adobe InDesign files for the most accessible PDF export, final remediation of the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will also be necessary for a fully accessible final PDF. Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2018 or newer are recommended. Instructions for both Windows and Mac users are included. A strong understanding of Adobe InDesign and best design practices as well as a basic understanding of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will be necessary to complete these courses.

Together, these two courses cover the full design process for producing accessible digital documents in Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. A course on Microsoft Office is also available. For a greater discounted price per course, consider our package of all 3 courses.

If you have an ISU net-id, please access this course by logging into the eAccessibility website.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
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Moodle eCourse
$750.00
Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign CC, and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Training - Creating Accessible Digital Documents
Are you ready to:
  • Begin making a difference with digital accessibility?
  • Reach more individuals with your content?
  • Support equity and inclusion in your organization?
  • Maintain civil rights compliance? 
  • Become more marketable?
Learn how to produce accessible digital documents in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with these step-by-step courses. By purchasing this course bundle, you will save $300 as compared to purchasing each course individually!

While the Adobe InDesign CC course prepares Adobe InDesign files for the most accessible PDF export, final remediation of the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will also be necessary for a fully accessible final PDF. These courses coupled with the Microsoft Office course will prepare learners for producing some of the most common digital documents in accessible fashion. Microsoft Office 2016 or Microsoft 365 (installed applications, not the online version) are recommended for Windows users. Microsoft Office 365 (installed applications, not the online version) is recommended for Mac users. Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2018 or newer are recommended. Instructions for both Windows and Mac users are included. A strong understanding of Adobe InDesign and best design practices, as well as a basic understanding of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC will be necessary to complete these courses.

Together, these three courses cover the full design process for producing accessible digital documents in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

If you have an ISU net-id, please access this course by logging into the eAccessibility website.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
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Moodle eCourse
$950.00
Category 3 OT & Companion Set - Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management with Review Modules
Purchase as a set to save $5.00 over purchasing the items individually.

This manual has been developed for individuals who want to become certified in the commercial and public pesticide applicator Category 3 – Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management.

The newly revised Category 3 Ornamental and Turfgrass Manual, covers the plant pathogens, insects and mites, weeds, and vertebrates common in Iowa’s ornamental and turfgrass settings, and the various strategies used in managing these pests. The manual was written with full input from subject matter experts across Iowa. Complete with four-color pictures and detailed pest information, this descriptive work will not only assist persons in preparing to take the Category 3T (Turfgrass), 3OT (Ornamental and Turfgrass), or 3O (Ornamental) certification examination(s), but will also serve as a reference for applicators and industry support personnel.

This category manual supplements information in the Iowa Core Manual, CS 0445, and should not be used for certification preparation without referring to that manual.

This Companion to the Iowa 3OT: Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management Manual provides review, knowledge check activities, and a practice quiz based on the information needed to pass the Iowa 3OT exam for commercial pesticide applicators. The modules are designed to assist you in understanding the material covered in the manual. The review modules contain the learning objectives from each chapter of the manual, knowledge check and learning activities, and a practice quiz.

Note: The previous Category 3 manual included Greenhouse Pest Management. This material was considered distinctly different from Ornamental and Turfgrass pests. CS 15B - Category 3 G, Greenhouse Pest Management was developed as a separate manual and is now available for purchase. CS15
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Trash Collection Bingo -- Vibrant Clubs
Turn community service and service-learning into a fun group activity as a bingo game. Do the activity together, and reflect on what you learned.
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Service Calendar Challenge -- Vibrant Clubs
This activity encourages independent brainstorming and group collaboration through a club planning activity. The club will make plans for one small community service activity each month throughout the year.

Ideally, members will be asked to contribute their time to the group project during the month and bring small donations/projects to the meeting. Their projects will result in a full year of giving back to others.

Club members will learn that civic engagement and community service can be done through everyday small acts of kindness. By working together, great things can be achieved.
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Active Bingo -- Vibrant Clubs
Introduce youth to the importance of physical activity and lifelong fitness through a short bingo game activity.

Physical fitness is important for overall health. We take care of our pets, our rooms, and our belongings– we also need to take care of our bodies! Not only will exercise keep you fit and strong, but it also puts you in a good mood, improves your overall health, and helps you live longer. We don’t all need to be star athletes to be healthy – just keep our bodies moving for 60 minutes per day!
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Technology Trap -- Vibrant Clubs
Introduce 4-H members to the importance of decreasing the amount of time we spend in front of a screen.

Help your club learn about screen time and the impacts it has on our lives. Play a game to test your knowledge about screen time, and then make your own "technology traps" to hold your tech to the side from time to time.
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Dancing Singing Robot -- STEM Club Activity
During this challenge, you will be asked to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that makes music and dances along. You might work within your club to compose an entire song and dance routine with all your robots working together, just like Shimon’s band.
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Public Awareness and Understanding of Gene Edited Foods in the US
In this publication, we examine current levels of awareness and understanding about GEFs, broken down by demographics, social attitudes, and information sources. Our purpose is to gauge public perceptions of this emerging food technology to inform policy discussions and educational efforts around GEFs. Our data comes from a nationally representative sample of 2,000 US residents surveyed in 2020, taken from YouGov’s National Omnibus Panel.
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Specialty Melons for High Tunnel Production
High tunnel production is on the rise in Iowa and the Midwest due to the benefits of season extension and the control over water and nutrient application. High tunnels, a passively heated hoop house where crops are usually planted directly in the soil, allow for an extension of the growing season and extended cash flow. This publication features the crop specialty melons as an alternative that can be used in high tunnel rotation in addition to tomato, pepper, cucumber, and salad greens.
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Super U -- On the Go Lesson
Through a story, we will learn that Captain Magma has three superpowers. He is really strong, has lava vision, and a friendly personality, but he wishes he could fly. Since Captain Magma can’t fly, our challenge is to use the supplies provided and a variety of household items to build a zip line to help him reach the villain’s hideaway, stop their evil plan, and save the day. Use the Engineering Design Process to design and build a zip line that can move Captain Magma at least three feet.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Clover Kids lessons are designed for youth in grades K-3.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Slippery Slopes -- On the Go Lesson
Today, we are exploring gravity by learning about a fun winter sport, skiing! Gravity is a natural force that causes things to fall towards the Earth. Gravity helps skiers travel down the ski slope at increasing speeds, but the skier needs to stay on their feet for gravity to work in their favor!

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Clover Kids lessons are designed for youth in grades K-3.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Iowa 4-H - Animal Identification, Weighing, and Exhibiting Requirements for County, State and Interstate Shows
This publication has two purposes:
(1) to summarize regulations relating to exhibiting animals at 4-H shows, and
(2) to provide additional suggestions for staff members and county program committees as they plan 4-H shows.

It is the expectation that all 4-H shows will comply with the regulations in this publication. Shows may have rules that are more restrictive but not less restrictive than state rules.
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Using Whole-Farm and Enterprise Records to Make Decisions
Five key measures of financial performance are commonly analyzed: liquidity, solvency, profitability, financial efficiency, and repayment capacity. Together, these criteria measure both financial condition and performance, allowing the owner, as well as a lender or other outside reader, to better understand how well the business is currently doing. The ultimate goal of using any record keeping system is to help make better management decisions. Farm records should allow the owners to compare their operation to others, or to its own history as well as allowing the owners to plan and evaluate proposed projects.
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Cash Flow Versus Profitability
Positive cash flow and profitability (net farm income) are two common business financial goals. One without the other is not only possible but common, and the business may remain active for a while. However, both positive cash flow and profitability are needed over the long run for the farm or any other business to be sustainable.
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Pricing for Profit
Pricing products that do not have an established market can be difficult. Produce can be priced three ways: customer/market-based, competition-based, or cost-based.
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Using Partial Budgets to Make Decisions
Partial budgets analyze projected costs and revenues associated with some change to the business determining if implementing the proposed change creates economic gain. It is critical to utilize the financial numbers from the farm in the base consideration and accurate estimates for the proposed change.
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Improving Profitability
This publication will focus on increasing profit margin. The examples in this publication are fruits and vegetables. The same process of determining what expenditures go into which bucket, the development of an enterprise budget, and the determination of changes in price, production practices, or product mix to improve profitability stay the same regardless of the enterprise. Many business decisions can be made to improve profitability once profit margins are determined.
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Evaluating Marketing Outlets
This publication will outline three methods that may be used to determine costs associated with selling farm products: using individual product budgets, using whole-farm records, and using partial budgets.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 2020 Summary Report
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers. The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to farmers and agricultural stakeholders across Iowa and the Midwest. Except for 2019, the Farm Poll has been conducted every year since its establishment in 1982, and is the longest-running survey of its kind in the nation. The project is supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.
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Grape Sampling for Maturity Analysis - Grape Maturity Series
Grape sampling is a way of monitoring the progress in the vineyard. The question of whether it is time to pick can’t be answered by sampling once, but by looking at multiple factors as they change over time. Typical measurements include Total Soluble Solids (TSS) measured as °Brix, pH, and titratable acidity, and should be supplemented by sensory analysis.
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Estimating Grape Maturity by Sensory Analysis - Grape Maturity Series
To estimate grape harvest maturity, technological parameters including total soluble solids or °Brix, pH and titratable acidity are commonly measured. In addition to the increase of °Brix and pH and the decrease of titratable acidity during berry ripening, qualitative parameters can be used to evaluate the right time to harvest. The qualitative parameters are skin tannins, seed color, berry detachment, and berry aroma and flavors. Evaluation of these parameters involve four senses: taste, visual, touch and smell.
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Estimating Grape Maturity by Total Soluble Solids - Grape Maturity Series
The harvest parameter of total soluble solids (TSS) is a measure of the density (mass/volume) of all soluble solids. A component in determining ripeness of the berries is the concentration of sugars. This determines the potential alcohol content achievable during fermentation through yeasts consumption of sugars.
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Estimating Grape Maturity with the Potential Power of Hydrogen (pH) - Grape Maturity Series
What is pH? pH or “pouvoir Hydrogène” in French, means hydrogen power and is related to the real acidity of must or wine. This publication goes through the steps to measure pH levels in wine.
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Estimating Grape Maturity by Titratable Acidity - Grape Maturity Series
This publication will show how to measure titratable acidity in wine samples. Titratable acidity is a measurement that approximates total acidity in must and wine, and is indicative of the sensory perception of tartness. TA measures both the dissociated and un-dissociated acids neutralized by a base.

A solid understanding of the organic acid composition of the must is very important for the winemaker to:
  • Determine the harvest time and wine style. 
  • Decide on any must treatments prior to fermentation. 
  • Monitor the stability of a wine, e.g. if malolactic fermentation is intended, or not.
  • Comply to minimum and maximum acid level regulations set by the TTB.
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Category 3 OT Companion, Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management - Review Modules
This Companion to the Iowa 3OT: Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management Manual provides review, knowledge check activities, and a practice quiz based on the information needed to pass the Iowa 3OT exam for commercial pesticide applicators.

The modules are designed to assist you in understanding the material covered in the manual for 3OT: Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management, CS 15A. The review modules contain the learning objectives from each chapter of the manual, knowledge check and learning activities, and a practice quiz. This companion should be used in association with 3OT Manual, CS 15A.
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Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets: Annual Crops
Production budgets help to allocate land, labor, and capital. The most appropriate use is defined by the person in control of the resources and may be used to maximize profits or minimize soil loss or any other goal.

Sample budgets included in this publication are divided into five sections: total receipts, costs of planting and growing the product, pre-harvest and harvest expenses, ownership costs, and summary of returns.

The estimated costs illustrated in this publication are based on Extension professionals experience with a variety of growers in Iowa. The returns are based on common prices and yields received by farmers. Costs are those typically incurred related to ownership costs, crop inputs, and other expenses. The budgets were developed on a 4 foot by 100 foot bed.
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Cooking Robot -- STEM Club Activity
4-H STEM clubs can accept the challenge to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that can cook, prepare, or transport a meal.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the Iowa 4-H Robotics Clubs webpage.
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4-H Tumbler
24 oz double wall stainless steel thermal tumbler with fitted lid for hot/cold use and flexible wide silicone straw - gift box included.
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Flag Etiquette -- Vibrant Clubs
Explore topics surrounding the American Flag with your 4-H club. Learn about what the flag represents, and how it's incorporated into our celebration of Memorial Day and Veterans Day holidays. Learn how to fold a flag and participate in an optional reading for a flag folding activity.
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Integrating poultry into an organic vegetable cropping system: benefits, challenges, and considerations
Commonly researched and implemented methods of crop-livestock integration in the United States include grazing livestock on cover crops, rotational grazing of permanent pasture, and grazing livestock on crop residues such as corn or wheat. A less space-intensive alternative for vegetable growers is the use of chickens introduced into a vegetable rotation. One of the advantages of vegetable-poultry integrated systems is the opportunity for an organic producer to integrate chicken production in the farm’s existing cropping system, where chickens provide natural fertilizer for crops. The addition of chickens, along with the already implemented cover crops, could move organic growers closer to their goals of relying upon on-farm produced inputs, or those produced nearby, and meet crop and livestock needs for feed and soil nutrition.
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Recognition at the Club Level
The National 4-H Recognition Model includes five types of recognition. The examples listed in this publication can help club leaders brainstorm ways to incorporate recognition for 4-H members in a club setting.
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Around the House Virtual Scavenger Hunt -- Vibrant Clubs
A club introduction or brain break activity for clubs meeting virtually. Young people will look around their house for different items related to questions asked about STEM.
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Bird Watching -- On the Go Lesson
Make a birdseed feeder to watch birds in your own backyard.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.
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Paper Circuits -- InventSTEM Club Activity
4-H STEM clubs can accept the challenge to create a low-voltage electronic circuit that uses copper tape, a battery, LEDs, and paper to learn about electrical circuits!

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the Iowa 4-H Robotics Clubs webpage.
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Current challenges in managing corn rootworm
Corn rootworm is a major corn pest in the United States and established throughout Iowa. With the commercial release of transgenic Bt-rootworm corn in 2003, many farmers reduced or eliminated soil-applied insecticides to manage larvae. However, western and northern corn rootworm are adapting to transgenic technologies throughout the Corn Belt. This publication will review the current status of Bt resistance by rootworm in Iowa and recommend management strategies for sustainable corn production.
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2020 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 2019.

In addition to treatment techniques, the publication also contains information about the soybean aphid life cycle, scouting advice and a statewide summary for 2020.
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Farmer's Tax Guide: For use in preparing 2020 Returns
This publication explains how the federal tax laws apply to farming.
(www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p225.pdf)

Use this publication as a guide to figure your taxes and complete your farm tax return.

The explanations and examples in this publication reflect the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions. However, the information given does not cover every situation and is not intended to replace the law or change its meaning. This publication covers subjects on which a court may have made a decision more favorable to taxpayers than the interpretation of the Service. Until these differing interpretations are resolved by higher court decisions, or in some other way, this publication will continue to present the interpretation of the Service.

For more publications visit: IRS Publications Online
(www.irs.gov/publications)

If you would like to order a hard copy they are available through the IRS Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail website
(www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail)
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What is Universal Design? - An eAccessibility Initiative Publication
Is your organization at the beginning of your digital accessibility journey? Understanding the digital accessibility landscape can be challenging. Navigating the common language around accessibility is just one part of that. This publication will help explain the relationship between “digital accessibility”, “universal design”, and “usability”.

This publication is part of a four-piece series that addresses digital accessibility language, standards, laws, and sustainable business models. This publication series compliments the Creating Accessible Digital Documents eCourses, which cover the actual process of producing accessible digital documents.
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Accessibility is a Civil Right - An eAccessibility Initiative Publication
Is your organization at the beginning of your digital accessibility journey? Understanding the digital accessibility landscape can be challenging. Navigating the federal laws surrounding digital accessibility is just one part of that. This publication will help explain how digital accessibility is a civil right, what federal laws govern digital accessibility, and what your organization, public or private, needs to do to comply. Frequently asked questions and answers are included.

This publication is part of a four-piece series that addresses digital accessibility language, standards, laws, and sustainable business models. This publication series compliments the Creating Accessible Digital Documents eCourses, which cover the actual process of producing accessible digital documents.
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Creating a Sustainable Model - An eAccessibility Initiative Publication
Is your organization at the beginning of your digital accessibility journey? Understanding the digital accessibility landscape can be challenging. Shifting internal business models and processes to support digital accessibility goals is just one part of that. This publication will help explain why establishing a sustainable business model that includes accessibility in the workflow is critical to the success of any digital accessibility effort. Gaining leadership support, creating a plan, setting a prioritization schedule, identifying sustainable checks and balances and shifting internal culture are all discussed in this publication.

This publication is part of a four-piece series that addresses digital accessibility language, standards, laws, and sustainable business models. This publication series compliments the Creating Accessible Digital Documents eCourses, which cover the actual process of producing accessible digital documents.
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Guidelines and Who Defines Them? - An eAccessibility Initiative Publication
Is your organization at the beginning of your digital accessibility journey? Understanding the digital accessibility landscape can be challenging. Navigating the many industry standards and guidelines is just one part of that. This publication will help explain how digital accessibility efforts are measured, and who establishes these standards for success.

This publication is part of a four-piece series that addresses digital accessibility language, standards, laws, and sustainable business models. This publication series compliments the Creating Accessible Digital Documents eCourses, which cover the actual process of producing accessible digital documents.
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Enhancing the Longevity and Function of Swine Building Components
Proper maintenance of swine facilities can enhance the lifespan of building components and improve the health and safety of both livestock and workers. Such maintenance should be carefully planned and budgeted. This publication discusses design, installation, and maintenance recommendations for common components of swine facilities, including curtains, insulation, and electrical systems.
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Swine Building Ventilation System Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tools
Maintenance of ventilation system components is often overlooked; however, keeping up with proper maintenance can lower operating costs, preserve mechanical efficiency, improve the animal and worker environment in the building, and reduce the risk of system failure.
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Group Decision Making Models -- Vibrant Clubs
Provide opportunities for all youth to share their voices and choices in the 4-H club. Use a variety of decision-making techniques to keep meetings interesting and get input from everyone. Here is a list of several approaches you can try to make decisions in your club.
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Animal Game Show -- Vibrant Clubs
This game teaches youth some basic fun facts about animals. All animals have formal names for males and females, groups of the same species, the act of giving birth, and even what their babies are called.

Use the provided Animal Facts Game Show PowerPoint with a projector to host your own interactive game show.
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Stocking and Rotation of Produce: Best Practices for Retail Employees - Produce Manager Training Series
These training cards cover recommended practices for produce stocking and rotation, geared towards retail employees.
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Bugs and Blades
A pest is a living thing that causes people harm. Mosquitos are a common pest people deal with in Iowa during the summer. Pests in crop fields harm plants causing less yield or damaged harvest. There are three main types of pests that growers deal with: insect pests, weeds, and diseases. In these three lessons, you will learn about each of these groups of pests. These lessons will use the principles of Integrated Pest Management in managing crop pests.

This curriculum includes three lessons, one for each pest group. The lesson directions are designed to be used with the included set of specimens. Fresh field samples could also be used. Each lesson is an introduction to that pest group with a focus on identifying pest issues for better management of pests.
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Introduction
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Lesson One - Crop Diseases
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Lesson Two - Insect Pests
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Lesson Three - Weeds
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Mathematical Art -- InventSTEM Club Activity
Curve stitching is a geometric form of craft where we make curves out of straight lines. In math, this is known as line design. STEM clubs can learn how curved lines and straight lines are related while exploring symmetry and dimension through art and geometry.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the InventSTEM webpage.
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National Blood Donor Month -- Vibrant Clubs
January is National Blood Donor Month. In this activity, your club can use an interactive quiz format to learn more about why blood donation is important and learn some interesting facts along the way.
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Giant Pumpkin Story -- On the Go Lesson
Anyone who has grown giant pumpkins will agree, the life cycle of a giant pumpkin is fast, enormously strong, and furious. Many things are needed to grow a large pumpkin, including a giant pumpkin seedling, and preparing the soil so it has the correct nutrients. Giant pumpkin record holders also share that they mound the soil over the vine to create a double root system. Most of the prized pumpkins are at least 10 feet from the main root. Check out the life cycle of this giant pumpkin using the handout provided. Then create your own model of the life cycle of a pumpkin, and create a fun jack-o-lantern.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.
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Draw String Bag -- On the Go Lesson
What would you do without a pocket? Before pockets people used drawstring bags or other means to carry their belongings. For centuries drawstring bags have been in use. In the past, people used leather for the material of these bags. Create your own drawstring bag accessory to carry coins, makeup, or other objects.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.
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Manager's Responsibility: Employees Reporting Foodborne Illness - Produce Manager Training Series
This reference publication for managers outlines how to handle illnesses and injuries among employees who handle produce.
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Employee Health and Personal Hygiene: Training for Employees - Produce Manager Training Series
These training cards cover employee health and hygiene for retail staff who work with produce.
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Display Case Cleaning - Produce Manager Training Series
These training cards illustrate general procedures and best practices to clean display cases for retail employees and managers.
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Handwashing - Produce Manager Training Series
These training cards cover cross-contamination and handwashing and is designed for retail employees who handle produce.
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2021 Garden Calendar - Iowa Natives
Bloodroot, bluebells, prairie smoke, bur oak, witch hazel, winterberry, and other Iowa native plants are featured in the 2021 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar. This 12-month calendar showcases the beauty of several plants native to Iowa woodlands or prairies each month throughout the year. Many of these Iowa natives also perform well in the home landscape.

The large calendar grid acts as a gardening journal to record the progress of your garden. Refer to the monthly tips that provide timely cultural information for fruits and vegetables, lawn care recommendations, tree and shrub guidance, and other information. Whether it be flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, or turfgrass, this annual calendar provides tips on a variety of topics so that you can quickly know what task should be completed next in your garden.
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Solar Light -- InventSTEM Club Activity
4-H STEM clubs can explore the solar lights and design new ways to use them! Take part in this engaging, hands-on activity to learn more about STEM and solar energy!

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the InventSTEM webpage.
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Mission: Return To Mars
This day camp is a great way to launch your STEM learning. Join us to learn about Mars, NASA, and STEM concepts by training like an astronaut and going on a mission to Mars! This program will introduce young people to core space concepts, and give them an opportunity to problem solve and think critically. Appropriate for grades 3-5.

Lessons include:
  • Introduction to STEM and Space Careers
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Return to Mars
Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Navigation Robot -- STEM Club Activity
4-H STEM clubs can accept the challenge to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that can autonomously (without a driver controlling it) explore a room, either in your home or your 4-H club’s meeting space.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.

Additional information is available on the Iowa 4-H Robotics Clubs webpage.
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Executive Summary - Economic Importance of the Iowa Egg Industry
In 2008, Iowa State University was commissioned by the Iowa Egg Council to analyze the Iowa egg industry's economic impact to the state of Iowa. Since that time, the report has been periodically updated to ensure the impact remains pertinent. Funding for this update was received from the Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Area Development Group.

The objectives of the report are to:
  • Describe the Iowa and US egg and egg products production and price trends.

  • Provide estimates of the total economic contribution of egg production and processing to Iowa.

  • Identify competitive advantages and considerations for the future of the Iowa egg industry.
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Virtual Local Food Leader Certification
This certification is an integrated program of online workshops and Local Food Leader online modules. This certification program is delivered over four months. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion in Local Food Leader.

The Local Food Leader Certification teaches foundational competencies critical for successful food systems development through integrated virtual workshops and four online modules, including equity in food systems, working in food systems, facilitation and coordination, evaluation and professional development. The online modules offer intensive curriculum including community food systems overview, methods of engagement and leadership, creating teams and tools for success, and evaluation.

This is a 6 month course with approximately 12 workshop hours and 40 online module hours.
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