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Yearly Self-Evaluation -- Record Keeping
Record keeping is a unique 4-H learning opportunity. Throughout the year, your record keeping can help you think about and record what you have accomplished. 4-H leaders can learn more about each 4-H member and how they can best help them accomplish their 4-H goals by reviewing their records or by talking with them about their goals.

This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, and then printed; or it can be printed and completed manually. For more information visit our webpage on using 4-H forms and documents.

Previously known as 4H 98.
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2020 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns
Provides detailed costs and returns to well-managed, full-time Iowa farms. The values presented are averages. Topics covered include assets and liabilities, income and expenses, efficiency factors, crop and livestock production, and more.
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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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June Weeds -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on managing weeds.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Denmark -- Global Clover
The global clover publication series features countries around the world that have a 4-H program. 4-H reaches over 7 million young people in more than 50 countries!

The global clover publications highlight countries, languages, economics, activities, and traditions around the world so young people can learn more about global civic engagement.
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June Food Safety for Harvesting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on food safety for harvesting. When growing plants for consumption, whether for oneself or others, it is important to protect them from outside pests and follow safe procedures when handling produce from harvest to consumption.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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June Early Harvesting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on harvesting in the early season. Garden harvests tend to be more bountiful in late spring and early fall, but several plants may be ready in early summer. Onions, radishes, lettuce, peas, spinach, turnips, rhubarb, and strawberries may be ready now if not already harvested. Each plant will have different indicators to identify when it is ready to harvest.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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June Dehydration -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on preserving produce with dehydration. Dehydrating is a great way to enjoy your produce year-round! Drying foods is simple, safe, fun, and easy to learn. There are several advantages of drying foods; it is the least expensive food preservation method and very easy to do. It takes up much less storage space because food shrinks in size when moisture is removed, and drying concentrates the food’s flavor and nutrition.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Rube Goldberg Challenge -- InventSTEM Club Activity
The goal of the challenge is to create a Rube Goldberg Machine (a machine designed to perform a simple task in a complicated way).

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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SWITCH Spatula
All silicone spatula, orange with a white SWITCH imprint on the handle.

SWITCH ("School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health") is an innovative school wellness initiative designed to support and enhance school wellness programming. Through SWITCH, schools can help student to "Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!"

SWITCH is managed by an interdisciplinary research team in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information, visit the SWITCH website.
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SWITCH Ladle
All silicone ladle, blue with white SWITCH imprint on handle.

SWITCH ("School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health") is an innovative school wellness initiative designed to support and enhance school wellness programming. Through SWITCH, schools can help student to "Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!"

SWITCH is managed by an interdisciplinary research team in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information, visit the SWITCH website.
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SWITCH Strainer
Collapsible strainer, white and black with black SWITCH imprint on handle.

SWITCH ("School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health") is an innovative school wellness initiative designed to support and enhance school wellness programming. Through SWITCH, schools can help student to "Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!"

SWITCH is managed by an interdisciplinary research team in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information, visit the SWITCH website.
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Evaluating Runway Clothing Exhibits
A summary of the state classes for clothing runway exhibits such as $15 challenge, fashion revue, and clothing selection. Includes philosophies for judging clothing exhibits, and tips to evaluate, educate, and encourage youth exhibitors in clothing runway classes.
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Kenya -- Global Clover
The global clover publication series features countries around the world that have a 4-H program. 4-H reaches over 7 million young people in more than 50 countries!

The global clover publications highlight countries, languages, economics, activities, and traditions around the world so young people can learn more about global civic engagement.
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Goal Centered Learning
The purpose of this document is to articulate the relationship between 4-H project areas, goals, exhibits, and evaluation when a 4-H member chooses to exhibit at a County Fair. It also seeks to clarify the philosophy of the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program to staff, county fair judges, and other caring adults about the balance we attempt to achieve between goal-centered learning and exhibit standards.

The skill of goal setting and working to achieve a goal is something 4-H strives to teach and practice in all parts of the educational program. How can adults help 4-H members understand how project area goals relate to exhibits goals, how exhibits are evaluated by judges, and how these pieces fit together? Parents and volunteers help 4-H members learn how to set goals and help them find ways to demonstrate their learning through an exhibit. Judges help 4-H members think about which standards apply to their exhibits based on their goals and then discuss how well the 4-H member met those standards.
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Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2021 Survey
Typical cash rental rates for high, medium, and low quality cropland, as well as land devoted to hay production, oats, pasture, and cornstalk grazing. This information can be useful in comparing rental rates among counties and farms of different levels of productivity.
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May Transplanting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on transplanting. Transplanting is moving plants that are already growing to a new place to continue growing.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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May Soil Health -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on soil health. Soil acts as a water filter, provides habitat for billions of organisms, and serves as a foundation for our cities and towns.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Preparing Youth for the Fair
We are not looking for an extraordinary project, we are looking for extraordinary learning! It is important that in preparing youth for the fair that 4-H volunteers and staff utilize the Experiential Learning Model and are able to reflect the “Do, Reflect, Apply” process that they have utilized. Youth need to be able to demonstrate not only their exhibit but what they have learned and how they reached their goal.
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Argentina -- Global Clover
The global clover publication series features countries around the world that have a 4-H program. 4-H reaches over 7 million young people in more than 50 countries!

The global clover publications highlight countries, languages, economics, activities, and traditions around the world so young people can learn more about global civic engagement.
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Exhibit Judging Experience
We’ve interviewed an experienced exhibit judge for their insight into the judging process. Volunteers can use this information to help youth prepare for the fair. This is an excellent resource for 4-H judges and 4-H volunteers.
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Solar Car -- 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 to build a miniature solar car! We will work with a mini solar cell, a mini motor, and some gears to power some wheels.

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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Solar Oven -- 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 to use simple materials to build our very own solar oven and create s'more treats!

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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Calming Glitter Jars -- On the Go Lesson
When we understand our emotions and learn to be mindful of the way our body feels as we experience emotions, we equip ourselves to be the best versions of ourselves! This short activity will give you a new tool to add to your mindfulness toolbox: a calming glitter jar. Keep the jar nearby to help you stay calm and mindful throughout the day.

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.

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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Goal Calendar
This goal calendar can be used by a 4-H member to help them plan out their project area goals for the year. Page one is a blank calendar, page two is a sample page showing one way to use this calendar.
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Goal Setting: Writing Project Area and Exhibit Goals
The skill of goal setting and working to achieve their goals is what 4-H strives to have 4-H youth practice in all parts of the educational experience — from project work to club work. As a 4-H member develops their skills in a project area, goals should become more challenging to further their learning.

Learn what a goal is, and how to write goals for project area learning and for exhibits.
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Category 7B, Termite Control -- Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual
This manual has been developed for individuals who want to become certified in the commercial and public pesticide applicator Category 7B – Termite Control.

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.

The newly revised Category 7B Termite Control Manual, CS20, covers termite biology, inspection, prevention, and control. This manual also provides information on carpenter ants and other wood-destroying organisms. The manual (63 pages) was written with full input from subject matter experts across Iowa. Complete with full-color images and detailed pest information

The accompanying new certification examination will be available starting July 1, 2021, at testing locations currently approved by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Until that time, the current certification manual and exam will be used.
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Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa - 2021
This publication contains estimates of production costs for common livestock enterprises in Iowa. Estimates are intended to reflect average or above-average levels of management using common types of technology. Input prices reflect expected average price levels during the year.
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Livestock Risk Insurance Plans for Cattle Producers
Two revenue insurance products are available to help cattle livestock producers manage risk: livestock gross margin and livestock risk protection. Both are described and examples are provided.
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The New Nutrition Facts Label
The new nutrition facts label better reflects current science related to nutrition and health, dietary recommendations, and input from consumers. Find out what has changed and how to use the label to make informed food choices and comparisons.
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Clover Cookie Factory
With an increased emphasis on STEM literacy among our youth, this program’s goal was to reach youth who might have an interest in food and nutrition with STEM education. Food and Nutrition is one of the most enrolled-in project areas in Iowa 4-H. Baking is a popular exhibit for 4-H members. The Clover Cookie Factory teaches youth the scientific method using experiments with different ingredients and that was met while talking about many types of foods.

The PowerPoint file is a corresponding quiz-style interactive game that accompanies the curriculum.
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April Garden Journaling -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on creating a gardening journal.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Ways to Garden -- Gardening To Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

Did you know about the different ways you can garden? Or have you thought about some of the things you need to consider when selecting the way you would like to garden? Here we have a variety of choices you can make as you begin to garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Planting Seeds -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on tips for planting your seeds.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Planning Your Space -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

Planning is key to a successful garden. Take some time to utilize the worksheet in your initial stages of dreaming your summer garden. The worksheet is the beginning of your garden journal. Keeping a journal is a diary of what you planted, learned, and achieved.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Estonia -- Global Clover
The global clover publication series features countries around the world that have a 4-H program. 4-H reaches over 7 million young people in more than 50 countries!

The global clover publications highlight countries, languages, economics, activities, and traditions around the world so young people can learn more about global civic engagement.
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Animal Robot -- STEM Club Activity
4-H STEM clubs can accept the challenge to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that can imitate an animal.

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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National Pest Alert - Asian Longhorned Tick
A two-page handout on the invasive Asian longhorned tick that includes color photos, life cycle, basic information about potential impacts to humans and livestock.
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Category 1E, Animal Pest Control -- Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual
This manual is for individuals planning to become certified in commercial pesticide applicator Category 1E, Animal Pest Control.

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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2021 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey
Many Iowa farmers hire some custom machine work in their farm business or perform custom work for others. The 2021 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is intended as a guide in determining custom rates. This information is based on 118 responses and 3,785 custom rates provided by Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers.
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Getting Your New Business Idea Funded
This publication discusses new business funding, its risks, to-do's to prepare, and what lenders evaluate when assessing borrowers, including an overview of 'The 5 Cs': character, conditions, capital, collateral, and capacity.
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Concrete Inspection in Swine Buildings
Concrete is a significant financial cost in every modern swine building. The concrete pit, foundation, columns, beams, and slats are structural parts that should last 25-100 years, but if structural failures occur, they can be catastrophic to livestock and their caretakers. This publication discusses inspection and maintenance for the major components of a swine building, including visual references.
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Taiwan -- Global Clover
The global clover publication series features countries around the world that have a 4-H program. 4-H reaches over 7 million young people in more than 50 countries!

The global clover publications highlight countries, languages, economics, activities, and traditions around the world so young people can learn more about global civic engagement.
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Farming Robot -- STEM Club Activity
4-H STEM Clubs can accept the challenge is to design, build, program, test, and share a robot that can plant seeds in an egg carton. You might also work within your club to each plant a different kind of plant and have a whole garden.

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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Crystal Growing -- InventSTEM Club Activity
Do you ever wonder how crystals are made? With some hot water and borax powder, we can grow and explore the process of how crystals form.

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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March Food Pantries -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on connecting with food pantries in your area.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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March Seed Starting -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on starting seeds indoors.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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March Planning Worksheet -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson provides questions to help you plan your garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Environmental Fashion -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to the environmental costs of clothing and suggest solutions for lessening the costs. These suggestions include shopping secondhand, which they can exhibit through the 4-H $15 Challenge clothing event class.

Additional information on the clothing project area exhibit classes can be found on the Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event webpage.
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$15 Challenge -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to virtual clothing shopping options for personal use or the $15 Challenge. Young people will learn about a tool to use to shop for their $15 Challenge exhibit.
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Landforms and Geology - Iowa's Nature Series
From ocean-front property to spruce forest to today's rich organic prairie soils, Iowa's geological past is a fascinating story that can be told through careful inspection of the land beneath our feet. This article explores the long-view history of Iowa's landscapes and explains how the hills and valleys we call home were formed over millennia.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Soils - Iowa's Nature Series
It is widely accepted that Iowa's soils are some of the richest and most productive in the world. But how and why? This article explores those rich soils, how they form, how scientists describe and classify them, and the conservation challenges they face.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Forests - Iowa's Nature Series
The forests of a prairie state like Iowa are unique refugia of biological diversity and important ecological and economical function. This article explores Iowa's forest ecosystems and the critical roles they play in our environment, economy, and quality of life.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Prairies - Iowa's Nature Series
Iowa, like no other state in the U.S., is defined by its tallgrass prairies. This article takes a deep dive into those prairie ecosystems, learning about the cast of plants, animals, and people dependent on them and how people today are working to manage and protect this critical ecosystem.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Aquatic Environments - Iowa's Nature Series
From the ephemeral pool of a prairie pothole to the giant pools of the mighty Mississippi, Iowa's lands are defined by their diverse, and critically important aquatic ecosystems. This article takes a deep dive into the ecology and intrigue of these systems found across the state and discusses the challenges they face and the promises of conservation actions taken there.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Invertebrates - Iowa's Nature Series
Asked to picture Iowa's wildlife diversity and many people may think first of vertebrates, rather than the invertebrates who comprise the vast majority of diversity found among the living animals of Iowa's lands and waters! This article features the stories of a few of the thousands of insects, spiders, crustaceans, butterflies, moths, worms, snails, mussels, and leeches found in Iowa, everywhere from our border rivers to our homes.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Vertebrates - Iowa's Nature Series
From city sewers to pristine prairies, the reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, and lamprey found within Iowa's borders are as diverse and fascinating as the people found there. Members of these varied groups of wildlife are collectively called vertebrates and this article explores all the diverse life history strategies and behaviors demonstrated by Iowa’s non-human vertebrates.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Plants - Iowa's Nature Series
From the bur oak tree towering over the savanna to the humble bladderwort, floating untethered in the water of wetlands, Iowa's plants and plant-like organisms are fascinatingly diverse. This article explores that diversity, describing the classification Iowa's plants, the varied places they occur, and the remarkable adaptations they have to life in Iowa.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Influential Voices - Iowa's Nature Series
For as long as the tallgrass prairie blooms have blown in the breeze and the muddy Missouri flowed past its western border, the land we call Iowa has been stewarded and cared for by people. From the diversity of Native cultures that have called this land home to the 20th century advocates who fought for its protection and care amid unprecedented exploitation, thousands of influential voices have fought to protect this land and its diversity. This article features a few of those voices that have been influential in the care of Iowa's Nature and who set an example for future generations to follow in protecting the rich natural heritage we all inherit.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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State Symbols - Iowa's Nature Series
Some characteristics of Iowa's Nature are so fundamentally Iowan that they've received special designation as such by the state legislature. This article explores those uniquely Iowan symbols including the state bird, tree, flower, and rock along with a sampling of other natural features that define our state and inspire awe in all the diversity found here.

The Iowa’s Nature series was a collaborative project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Association of Naturalists, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources with support from the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program. To learn more about the project, visit https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/Iowas-Nature
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Experiential Learning Cards
This set of experiential learning model cards is a great way to provide 4-H staff and volunteers with a handy reference to the steps "do, reflect, apply."

Available in three formats:
  • A PDF version with one page per sheet.
  • The PDF version with outlines is intended to be printed on card stock and cut with a paper trimmer or scissors.
  • The PDF version without outlines can be printed using a perforated card template such as Avery 8395.
For best results, set your printer to "actual size" and to flip on the short side. Test a printed page before printing larger quantities.
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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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$20.00
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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$0.00
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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$0.00
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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$5.75
Field Tips for Successful Composting
This publication provides best practices for composting swine carcasses.
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$0.00
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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Eat a Rainbow Coloring Page
Fruit and veggie coloring page. Available in English and Spanish.
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$0.00
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$0.00
Healthy Food Pantry Donation Guide
Tips on what to donate to a food pantry and instructions on how to lead a healthy food pantry drive.

Available in English and Spanish.
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$0.00
Produce Safety in Gardens
Take steps to ensure that your garden's produce is safe to eat! Produce Safety in Gardens includes facilitator guides and participant materials for three interactive lessons focused on raising safe garden produce.

Activities introduce basic safety principles for working or volunteering in a garden, including proper handwashing, volunteer hygiene, identifying food safety hazards, and preventing cross-contamination.
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Ampliación: Juego de Herramientas para el Procesamiento de Cultivo Especializado
El juego de herramientas para el procesamiento del cultivo especializado a escala, provee una visión general del criterio para los negocios de alimentos interesados en el procesamiento del cultivo especializado, mediante las oportunidades del procedimiento del valor agregado, así como el desarrollo del producto, cocinas comerciales, ampliación a escala, etc. El proyecto se enfoca en negocios de propietarios locales y colaboró intencionalmente con negocios locales dentro de la cadena de suministros, para determinar necesidades críticas. La participación en el proyecto incluyó: encuesta y visita a sitios de quince (15) negocios y organizaciones; asesoría técnica con cuatro (4) negocios y organizaciones alrededor del estado de Iowa; y el desarrollo de este juego de herramientas, para compartir las buenas prácticas y consideraciones para negocios y agentes de extensión en su esfuerzo de desarrollar los productos del cultivo especializado de valor agregado. Este juego de herramientas incluye cuatro áreas de interés basado en la investigación. Los primeros tres se enfocan en necesidades de negocio específicas: inocuidad alimentaria, desarrollo de negocio, logística, y la última se enfoca en el proceso de desarrollo comunitario de la visión, y planeamiento estratégico.
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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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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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$0.00
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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Moodle eCourse
$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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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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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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Weed Science Program 2020 Weed Control Results
The 2020 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.

This report is available on the Integrated Crop Management website.
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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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$10.00
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$10.00
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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$17.00
Feed Rations -- On the Go Lesson
Learn about the importance of a balanced diet for livestock. Use energy feeds, protein feeds, fat, and minerals to make a trail mix version of a ration.

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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Category 3 OT, Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management -- Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual
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.

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.

The newly revised Category 3 Ornamental and Turfgrass Manual, CS15A, 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.

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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$30.00
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