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Effectiveness of Using Low Rates of Plant Nutrients
Although some producers may think about using low rates of fertilizer to reduce input costs, this can adversely affect yields if soil fertility drops below optimal levels. Read about the research to help your decision-making.

Available from North Dakota State University.

Replaces NCR 0341.
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Checkout Iowa
Activities and information about how to create checkout kits designed to support the development of literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) experiences for K-3 children and their families.

Eight activity guides focus on the following topics:
  • Amazing Iowa
  • Curious Contraptions
  • Fabulous Fractions
  • Groovy Gravity
  • Magnificent Magnet
  • Marvelous Munching
  • Perfect Patterns
  • Very Veggie
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COVID-19 Child Care Considerations
Looking for child care? Scrambling to find transportation for your children? Juggling alternative work and school schedules? It is natural to feel a sense of panic in this ever-changing environment.

Use these guides to research child care considerations during a pandemic and make plans for what will work best for your family.
  • Exploring Child Care Options in a Pandemic
  • Child Care in Your Home
  • The Transportation Scramble
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Don't Toss It Grow It -- On the Go Lesson
When you eat celery or lettuce, do you use the stalks and then discard the base? What do you do when your potatoes grow roots in the pantry? Do you toss them? These vegetables can regenerate from the base of the plant and regrow new, which is called vegetative propagation.

These On the 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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Iowa's Forest Birds
Iowa’s forests play host to a spectacular diversity of birds throughout the year. This article explores this diversity, describing how birds feed, nest, and move within and among many different types of forests found in Iowa. The management of forest habitats for birds is explored with recommendations for making the most of any forest parcel for birds and the people that enjoy them.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are low-acids foods (typically fruits and vegetables) subjected to the action of acid-producing microorganisms to reduce the pH of the food to 4.6 or below. Examples of fermented foods are sauerkraut, some pickles, kimchi, and kombucha.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Frozen and Dehydrated Foods
Freezing and dehydrating produce commodities, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts, are ways to increase the shelf life of the produce. Freezing can preserve freshness and quality.

Freezing does not kill bacteria on the product but it does prevent microbes from growing. Once a food is thawed, bacteria begin to grow and can spoil the produce, or if pathogenic (harmful), can cause foodborne illness. Be sure to store the fruit or vegetable at 0°F or below for the duration of its frozen life.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Jams and Jellies
Jams, jellies, fruit butters, and preserves are shelf-stable food products. They contain high amounts of sugar and acid which lower the water activity and pH, respectively, of the product to minimize the growth of bacteria. Moisture migration, mold growth, and oxidation are reduced by hermetically sealing the jar. Important to the safety of jams and jellies is ensuring the pH of the product is below 4.6. Below this pH, Clostridium botulinum, a very serious human pathogen, cannot produce its deadly toxin.
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Federal and State Regulations on Selling Pickled Vegetables
Pickling is an ancient method of food preservation dating back to 3rd century BC China. Unfermented pickles are typically put into an airtight jar with acid and flavorings and heated to kill any potential bacteria on the fruit or vegetable that may cause illness or spoilage. After a few days, the pickles are ready for consumption. The biggest concern about pickled foods is Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is a microorganism that produces a fatal toxin in anaerobic environments with a pH above 4.6. The toxin causes botulism, a serious paralytic illness that can be fatal and is considered a medical emergency.
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Copper Sulfate Trial
Copper treatment of a wine may be helpful in removing unpleasant odors due to hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans.

If copper treatment fails to remove the off-odor, the problem may be a result of some other factor rather than sulfides. The first step in copper treatment is to experimentally determine the amount of copper needed for wine treatment, by performing a bench trial. This can be done using the following procedure.
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Cleaning and Sanitation in the Winery
Like most winery operations, the main goal of proper cleaning and sanitation is to promote wine quality, and to keep quality consistently high. Consistent quality, in turn, contributes to the winery’s positive reputation and promotes sales. Improper sanitation can lead to unwanted sensory characteristics from spoilage yeast and spoilage bacteria, as well as unwanted fermentations, which may cause fizziness, haze, pushing corks, and even shattered bottles.
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Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures
Written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for quality assurance, worker training, and meeting legal requirements for regulations and recordkeeping, such as those established by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

SOPs should be kept as records, as well as being easily accessible to workers.
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Wine Faults Series
A top priority for winemakers is to produce high quality wine that does not contain any faults or defects. A wine fault is an unpleasant organoleptic characteristic including look, smell, or taste. Wine faults can come from a chemical or a microbial origin and some off-odors can be the result of multiple faults. It can be challenging to identify some of the common defects, as wine faults are not always straightforward. Factors such as the type or style of wine, the stage of production, the wine age, and the person smelling or tasting all contribute to the perception of a wine fault.
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Volatile Acidity
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Ethyl Acetate
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Brettanomyces
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Cork Taint
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Spoilage by Lactic Acid Bacteria
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Geranium Taint
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Hydrogen Sulfide and Volatile Sulfer
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Oxidation
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Excessive Sulfur Dioxide
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Protein Haze and Protein Stability
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Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa - 2020
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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Seed Germination Necklace -- On the Go Lesson
This to go lesson leads young people through an experiment to determine what conditions seeds need in order to grow.

These On the 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.

Coordinator Tip: We recommend 4-6 beads per kit. You can adjust this based on the number of kits you need and the materials you are able to source.

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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Cover Crop Monsters -- On the Go Lesson
For this activity you will create a cover crop monster, which will help you see how quickly grasses germinate and provide ground cover.

These On the 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.

Coordinator Tip: We recommend 1 teaspoon of seed and approximately 1 cup of soil per kit. You can adjust this based on the number of kits you need and the containers you are able to source.

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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Glowing Germs -- On the Go Lesson
The health of your animals is very important. Whether on the farm or at a show, you should be mindful of diseases that could make your animal very sick. But what about the diseases that can make your animal sick and can also make you sick? In this activity, you will see how easily germs can spread between you and your animal.

These On the 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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Biosecurity Charades -- On the Go Lesson
The health of your animals is very important. Whether on the farm or at a show, you should be mindful of the actions you take to keep your animal healthy. This charades activity is a great way for you to model the steps you should be taking when you are around your animals!

These On the 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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Watch Me Grow -- On the Go Lesson
Two-part lesson for crops and horticulture project areas. Learn about seeds and how they grow.

Lesson One - Seed Dissection: In this activity, you will dissect different seeds to find out what is inside. In agriculture, farmers must identify the seeds in order to manage each plant correctly.

Lesson Two - Growing Experience: In this activity you grow your own crops using the seeds provided. By engaging in this growing experiment you will explore management practices used every day in the agriculture industry to help move towards a sustainable food system.

These on The 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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Gelatin and Meat Protein -- On the Go Lesson
What is meat? Meat is made up of muscle fiber, connective tissue and fat. Muscle fibers are comprised of protein. Proteins are made up of many chains of amino acids. When you eat meat, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine break down the meat protein into basic units called amino acids. The amino acids then can be reused to make proteins for your own body. When meat is cooked, a chemical reaction occurs, and the protein is denatured or changed. Use gelatin to explore this concept.

These On the 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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Health Considerations for Confined Cow-Calf Operations
Confined cow-calf operations are becoming more common as Midwestern cattle producers adjust to increased land costs and a decreasing forage base. As these operations grow, management and health practices will need to be adjusted to minimize effects of increased cattle density. This publication discusses areas such as biosecurity, vaccinations, breeding and calving that may need to change in a move to this new operation.
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Low Stress Cattle Handling
Low stress cattle handling has been advocated by many within the beef industry as a way to improve performance, animal welfare and handling efficiency. This publication talks about cattle's natural behavior and how low stress handling can be properly utilized in an operation.
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National Pest Alert - Asian Giant Hornet
This two-page handout on Asian giant hornets includes color photos, description, detection information, and lookalike wasp species.
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FSMA Summary for Hops Growers
This publication reviews information hops growers need to be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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Watch Me Grow
A two-part lesson for crops and horticulture project areas. Learn about seeds and how they grow.

Lesson One - Seed Dissection: In this activity, you will dissect different seeds to find out what is inside. In agriculture, farmers must identify the seeds in order to manage each plant correctly.

Lesson Two - Growing Experience: In this activity, you grow your own crops. By engaging in this growing experiment you will explore management practices used every day in the agriculture industry to help move towards a sustainable food system.

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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Field Crop Production Handbook
The Field Crop Production Handbook provides a general overview of the essential aspects of producing field crops in Iowa. It focuses primarily on the basic activities of crop establishment, care, and harvest, as well as the associated impact of these practices on soil, water, and wildlife. The purpose of this book is to provide clarity to the non-farming public, educate agriculture students who may not have farming backgrounds, increase knowledge for those already working in agriculture, and to reach audiences not traditionally associated with agriculture.

Looking to purchase multiple copies? The Field Crop Production Handbook is sold in boxed quantities of 37 at a reduced price ($6/copy).

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Field Crop Production Handbook (Unit=37)
The Field Crop Production Handbook provides a general overview of the essential aspects of producing field crops in Iowa. It focuses primarily on the basic activities of crop establishment, care, and harvest, as well as the associated impact of these practices on soil, water, and wildlife. The purpose of this book is to provide clarity to the non-farming public, educate agriculture students who may not have farming backgrounds, increase knowledge for those already working in agriculture, and to reach audiences not traditionally associated with agriculture.

Sold as a box of 37 copies (only $6/copy!)

A digital version of the handbook is available; see single copy listing below.
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2019 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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Managing Farm Family Finances
With farm income being both irregular and unpredictable, knowing how much money to spend each month can be a challenge. There are differences in managing farm family finances compared to those who do not farm. This publication provides things to think about for farm families regarding household budgets, cash flow, off-farm income, goal setting and much more.

Previously known as PM 1173
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Food for 'ME TOO' Nutrition for the Toddler and Preschooler
Get off to a good start with food habits for your child. This publication teaches you common eating patterns, gives tips for surviving the toddler rollercoaster, and provides a sample menu for children.
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Non-food Alternatives for School Rewards and Fundraising
Some food items used for student rewards and school fundraising activities send a conflicting message compared to what is taught about healthy food choices. Check this list of ideas for non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high school students. More than 50 non-food fundraising ideas also are given.
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Straw Rocket -- On the Go Lesson
Create a paper rocket that can be launched from a drinking straw – then, modify the design to see if you can make the rocket even fly farther!

These On the 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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Building Blocks of Leadership
Building Blocks of Leadership is a series of mini-lessons geared towards developing leadership skills in youth. These lessons are 20-30 minutes in length and can be incorporated into existing programs such as day camps, 4-H meetings, program area workshops, and afterschool programming.

Designed for grades 6-8, Building Blocks of Leadership can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of youth audiences, settings, and experience levels of youth.

Lesson 1 What is a leader?
Lesson 2 Learning your strengths
Lesson 3 Communication is key
Lesson 4 Advocating for your ideas
Lesson 5 Thinking outside the box

Each lesson was created to take 20-30 minutes with a group of approximately twenty youth in grades 6-8. Each lesson plan follows the 4-H Experiential Learning Model of Do, Reflect, Apply, with the intent that youth will participate in an activity, share about their experience, and then leave the lesson knowing how to apply the content learned to their daily lives.

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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4-H Virtual Learning Cue Cards - Experiential Learning Model
These virtual learning cue cards reference the Experiential Learning Model steps: do, reflect, apply. The 4-H virtual learning cue cards are a great way to support distance learning. The cue cards can be used in multiple ways.

First, they can be held up during virtual learning to help keep youth on task. We recommend holding them up close to the camera and reading the words aloud. The back of the cue card offers suggestions for the educator that include question prompts.

Alternatively, these cue cards can be used to help reflect on your use of the experiential learning model. They can be used to not only help you plan – but also to reflect on which steps of the model you are using or not using. We suggest that after completing your online event, check to see which cards were used. Then use that information to make potential changes to your next virtual experience.
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Common Milkweed germination seeds packet
These Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seeds, collected in Iowa last fall (2019), were cold-stratified this spring to use with the REAP Milkweed Growing Project. These seeds were to be used during Monarch and Native Bee programming this summer.

Due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the project was not conducted in K-12 schools as planned. Some of the common milkweed seeds have started germinating and need to be planted as soon as possible. These seed packets are being offered to you at no cost. Simply pay a nominal postage fee during checkout.

There are approximately 100 seeds in each package. The seeds were cold-stratified using vermiculite as stated in page 2 of the supplemental brochure. These seeds are now being offered to you at no cost. Plant the seeds in trays and inserts (plugs), pots, or evenly distribute on the ground.

We would love to hear how many plants you have planted. Zoom virtual meetings for additional and personal guidance for the cold-stratification process or planting recommendations are available. Send comments, pictures, and request for Zoom meetings to lynnec@iastate.edu.
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4-H Virtual Learning Cue Cards - Science and Engineering Practices
These virtual learning cue cards provide an overview of science and engineering process skills. The set also includes the Experiential Learning Model steps: do, reflect, apply. The 4-H virtual learning cue cards are a great way to support distance learning. The cue cards can be used in multiple ways.

First, they can be held up during virtual learning to help keep youth on task. We recommend holding them up close to the camera and reading the words aloud. The back of the cue card offers suggestions for the educator that include question prompts.

Alternatively, these cue cards can be used to help reflect on your use of the experiential learning model. They can be used to not only help you plan – but also to reflect on which steps of the model you are using or not using. We suggest that after completing your online event, check to see which cards were used. Then use that information to make potential changes to your next virtual experience.
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Introduction to the Design Dialogues Curriculum: A Process for Thinking Critically with Youth about Community and Learning
This introductory pamphlet describes the origins of the Design Dialogues (DD) project and provides some information about the original partners. The pamphlet also gives an overview of the DD curriculum, which makes up the next 10 pamphlets in the series.

The DD curriculum provides activities that are intended to engage youth in thinking critically about their neighborhoods as places where they live, work, play, and learn; articulating their shared visions for community change; and then identifying pathways for actualizing those visions.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 2. Listening and Guiding: How to Facilitate Small Groups
This is the second curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet provides information and strategies for effective facilitation of small groups. Readers will learn the stages of facilitation from preplanning through closure, strategies to effectively engage participants in small groups, and strategies to manage difficult situations or behaviors during small group activities.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 3. We Are in This Together! Creating a Learning and Support System for Youth Facilitators
This is the third curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet teaches project leaders how to create a reflective learning environment and peer support system for youth facilitators who are leading small group activities. Readers will learn how to use role playing to solve problems as well as three different reflective learning practices that they can teach and use.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 4.Who Am I? Creating Portraits for Self-Reflection
This is the fourth curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet provides youth with the opportunity to examine and articulate their sense of self. The activities presented here teach youth about the concepts of representation and identity while asking them to create a unique self-portrait. In the final exercise, participants use their self-portraits to identify similarities and differences within their group of peers.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 5.What Is Community? Creating Mental Maps
This is the fifth curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet helps youth define community while introducing them to the concept of a mental map. The activities presented here lead youth through a process to identify the essential elements of their community while they create both individual and collective community mental maps.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 6.Where Do I Learn? Mapping Learning Places
This is the sixth curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet introduces readers to the concept of learning places and uses mental mapping activities to provide youth with the opportunity to identify the essential learning places in their lives and in their community. The activities presented here provide youth with the opportunity to identify the essential learning places in their community while they create both individual and collective mental maps.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 7. Let’s Tell Stories! Exploring Community- Based Organizations from a Youth Perspective
This is the seventh curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. The activities in this pamphlet encourage youth to share their experiences and perspectives of a community-based organization. Readers will explore how events from everyday life can become stories, apply the concept of a learning place (from Document #6), identify strengths of a community-based organization, identify opportunities for improving a community-based organization as a place to learn, and communicate collective perspectives and experiences.
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Moon to Mars -- On the Go Lesson
"Code" your own Moon 2 Mars voyage! Pick a starting point (Moon) and an endpoint (Mars) using landmarks around your home, like pieces of furniture. Use notecards to "code" the directions from one location to another.

These On the 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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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 1. Let’s Work Together! Creating a Learning Partnership That Works
This is the first curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet presents a process for building partnerships with community based organizations (CBOs) and local schools. Readers will learn strategies for starting a new partnership, identifying common interests with their new partner organization, and collaboratively planning an activity.
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Iowa Dairy Goat Farm Survey -- Fall 2019
This publication contains information gathered in a survey with Iowa dairy goat farmers. It discusses their operations, current needs and expectations for the industry's future.
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Geodesic Dome -- On the Go Lesson
Learn about geodesic domes, and make a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks.

These On the 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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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 8. Teaching MY School! Exploring Schools from a Youth Perspective
This is the eighth curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet provides youth with the opportunity to articulate their experiences and perspectives of their schools as particular kinds of learning places.

The activities presented here enable youth to understand how a school can be a place with unique meanings – like “home,” to understand how a place can have different meanings for different people, to identify strengths of a school as a place to learn, to identify opportunities for improving a school as a place to learn, and to communicate collective perspectives and experiences.
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Design Dialogues How-to Series - 10. Talking Back! Reporting Out to Community Partners
This is the tenth curricular pamphlet of the Design Dialogues series. This pamphlet provides youth with the opportunity to share their ideas with decision-makers and people in authority regarding ways to improve and/or enhance their learning environments.

The activities presented here enable readers to demonstrate learning outcomes, engage is making sense of materials from previous sessions, identify themes within youth projects, connect themes to ideas for change, and articulate ideas for positive change to school and community partners.
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Scrumptious Stoplight -- On the Go Lesson
Today we are going to talk about food! The right food can fuel our bodies and give it energy to run, play and grow.

These On the 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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Astronaut Lander -- On the Go Lesson
Moon landers heading to the moon can travel as fast as 24,000 miles per hour! These spacecrafts need to slow their speed before touching the surface in order to land safely. Today you will explore gravity, motion and forces to build a lander that will help your “astronauts” (marshmallows) safely land when dropped from a height of one foot.

These On the 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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Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2018-19 Annual Progress Report
This Annual Progress Report details the progress that has been made in the complex work of reducing the loads of nitrogen and phosphorus that Iowa exports into the Mississippi River. The report discusses the work that has been done in the six years of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and is a joint effort of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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Farmer Experiences with Fall Grazing Cover Crops
Establishing cover crops following grain production is a proven tool to protect soil, reduce erosion, improve water quality and enhance soil quality, as well as forage for livestock. Little research has focused on using cover crops for fall feed, however. This publication provides information from producers across Iowa who have fall grazed cover crops for two or more years and shares their experiences.
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Chicken Clucker -- On the Go Lesson
Iowa is a diverse agriculture state and is the top producer in corn, soybeans, swine, and eggs in the nation! Iowa hens laid nearly 16 billion eggs each year. That means Iowa farmers are responsible for producing about one in 5 eggs consumed in the United States each year. Create a device that creates a "clucking" sound.

These On the 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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Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Iowa
While the monarch butterfly is perhaps the most recognizable and iconic insect in North America, their population has declined 80% over the past two decades. This publication discusses a project undertaken by extension and research staff at Iowa State University to demonstrate conservation practices for incorporating monarch breeding habitat across the state of Iowa.
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Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2020 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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Commonly Used Grain Contracts
This publication provides educational information to help you understand risk-management features of grain contracts.

Previously known as PM 1697A
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Understanding Risk in Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts
Learn about futures-based non-roll and intra-year rolling hedge-to-arrive contracts in this newly updated publication.

Previously known as PM 1697B
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Farm Bill: Terms to Know
The Farm Bill covers many areas and may include terms you have heard before. This publication helps to define the many terms, phrases, and organizations involved in the Farm Bill
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A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Strips
Prairie strips are an agricultural conservation practice that uses strips of native prairie vegetation in or at the edges of field to protect soil and water and provide habitat for wildlife. This publication provides an introduction for landowners.
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Prairie Strips: Small Changes, Big Impacts
Prairie strips are an agricultural conservation practice that uses strips of native prairie vegetation in or at the edges of field to protect soil and water and provide habitat for wildlife. This publication summarizes the scientific research underpinning prairie strips.
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The Cost of Prairie Strips
Prairie strips are an agricultural conservation practice that uses strips of native prairie vegetation in or at the edges of field to protect soil and water and provide habitat for wildlife. This publication breaks down the establishment and maintenance costs of prairie strips.
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Farming with Prairie Strips
Prairie strips are an agricultural conservation practice that uses strips of native prairie vegetation in or at the edges of field to protect soil and water and provide habitat for wildlife. This publication provides an introduction for farmers.
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Installing Prairie Strips: Frequently Asked Questions
Prairie strips are an agricultural conservation practice that uses strips of native prairie vegetation in or at the edges of field to protect soil and water and provide habitat for wildlife. This publication breaks down factors farmers and landowners should consider when implementing prairie strips on their land.
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Safe Mushroom Foraging
This field guide provides information on mushrooms found throughout Iowa. It provides foragers guidance on the time of year each mushroom is available, its key characteristics, habitat and look-alike mushrooms. There is also information on common mushroom myths and best practices for searching for them in the wild. Full-color photographs also help hunters identify mushrooms they come across.
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Pet Treats Challenge -- On the Go Lesson
This to go lesson is a civic engagement activity challenging young people to make pet treats for a local shelter or other animal organization.

On the Go Lessons are formatted for use by local 4-H program staff. These templates 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 package to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the bag 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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Finding Answers Now handout
Double-sided, 8.5 inch by 5.5 inch marketing handout promoting COVID-19 recovery resources from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Front side lists resource topic areas and Finding Answers Now web address; back side lists hotlines and contact information.

Printed handouts are available to ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences specialists (staff login required).
1 unit = 50 handouts.
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Corn Disease Loss Estimates for the United States and Ontario, Canada -- 2018
This publication documents the impact of major diseases on corn production during the 2018 growing season. This is the sixth year that plant pathologists around the North Central region have coordinated their efforts to document disease-related losses in corn yields across the region - future publications will document the years to come. This publication was created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the North Central Region and Ontario. CSI

Available from the Crop Protection Network.
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Solar Art -- On the Go Lesson
Youth participants will learn about cyanotype photography by using special paper that reacts to the ultraviolet rays from the sun.

These On the 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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Evaluating Organic Transitions at the Field Level
This publication provides information on making plans to transition to organic crop production. It helps outline the need for a transition crop plan, the importance of individual crop budgets, and evaluating results.
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Chinese Hand Fans -- On the Go Lesson
Chinese hand fans were a decorative accessory with designs that were representative of the people who owned them. Make and decorate your own hand fan.

These On the 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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Mighty Soybeans -- On the Go Lesson
In this experiment you will plant a soybean seed in Plaster of Paris, when it dries it will take 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch to break. You will see if your soybean spout has enough strength to break out.

These On the 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.

Coordinator Tip: We recommend 3-5 soybean seeds and approximately 2 tablespoons of plaster of Paris per kit. You can adjust this based on the number of kits you need and the containers you are able to source.

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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Eiffel Tower Artwork -- On the Go Lesson
Learn about the Eiffel Tower, and create a piece of artwork representing it. Reflect on other landmarks in your community or country.

These On the 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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Iowa 4-H Equitation and Horsemanship Skills Assessment
The Equitation and Horsemanship Skills Assessment Program provides an optional, planned progression of skill development to promote safety, equitation, and horsemanship. The program offers a check-list for youth to be involved and succeed, regardless of their riding style, skill, or ability.

The skills are not western, hunt seat, saddle seat, or contest skills. They are skills for all disciplines, riding styles, and uses. These skills were designed for the purpose of promoting safety and knowledge within the 4-H horse project. The skills will give youth a planned progression of horse handling and riding skills and a solid understanding of and ability in horsemanship.

Mastering proper horsemanship skills before progressing to the next level requires patience, maturity, interest, dedication, and time. Youth can practice skills at home, clinics, demonstrations, meetings, camps, etc. As you work with a horse or pony, you want to work at developing self-discipline, patience, self- reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishment. Youth should progress through the levels at their own rate to successfully master the skills.
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Milkweed Planting Kit 2020
Did you know that milkweed plants are the only food that monarch caterpillars eat? ONLY Milkweed plants!

The Milkweed Planting Kit includes: 
  • Small container with vermiculite
  • Small package of five milkweed seeds
  • 2 peat pots
  • 2 peat pellets
  • Direction cards, and a brochure.
Target audience is youth grades 3 through 8. However, high schools students and adults alike will be surprised to learn that milkweed seeds need a 30 day cold, moist period before they germinate! A fun leaning experience for all ages.

The theme of our project is: Plant a milkweed, grow a butterfly! These kits are provided to you at no cost courtesy of a partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa DNR REAP Conservation Education Program (CEP) Grant, and the Iowa State University Seed Science Center. Simply pay a nominal postage fee during checkout.

If you have questions, please email:

Lynne Campbell is a program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who serves as a STEM education liaison across campus. She is the lead for several grants including Iowa DNR REAP Monarch Conservation Grants and the National 4-H Council’s Ag Innovator Experiences that include Monarchs on the Move Challenge, Native Bee Challenge and Water Connects Us All Challenge. Lynne is a former secondary science teacher and through a grant with Prairie Lakes AEA supports K-12 professional learning for science educators.

The Seed Science Center at Iowa State University is a center of excellence nationally and internationally in seed research, education, technology transfer and international seed programs. Cindy is also a master gardener. Her family has been instrumental in packaging the Milkweed Growing Kits.

An Iowa DNR REAP Conservation Education Program (CEP) Grant assisted in the funding for this project. Approximately $350,000 in grants for conservation education in Iowa are distributed annually by this program.
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Cardboard Moon Rover -- On the Go Lesson
Rovers are moon cars that astronauts can use to drive across the surface of the moon. They use them to help carry supplies and explore. In this activity, you will build and test a prototype rubber band-powered rover. A prototype is the first model of an invention.

These On the 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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Cosmic Art -- On the Go Lesson
The elements of art – shape, line, color, value, texture – offer an amazing way to make sense of planetary geology and atmospheres within our solar system either through a telescope or photography. Make an art piece on this topic with pastels.

These On the 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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Paper Bag Scrapbook -- On the Go Lesson
Paper crafting can be a great opportunity for young people to express themselves through art and creativity. You will learn that you can create a paper scrapbook with materials you find from around the house.

These On the 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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On Target -- On the Go Lesson
The Artemis 3 mission will land the first woman and next man on the south pole of the Moon. The orbiting platform, Gateway, will allow us to land in almost any location we choose using an ascent/descent vehicle – the human landing system. It is important that it lands in just the right spot for the safety of the astronauts and the success of the mission. This engineering design activity will give you the opportunity to design your own model to land on a target.

These On the 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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Reducing Food Waste in Agricultural Settings
One of the best ways to prevent food waste is through donation. The surplus of food produced in the United States, if better utilized, could reach those who are food insecure. Farmers and food donation organizations can work together to end hunger.
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Bailey the Bee Coloring Pages
This coloring book is a fun way for kids to learn more about where their food comes from. It follows Bailey the Bee as he tells us about bees and pollination. Young readers can learn new vocabulary words as they read.
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Ava Apple Orchard Coloring Pages
This book is a fun way for kids to learn more about where their food comes from. It follows Ava as she visits the farm and asks the farmer how the apples are grown. As Ava learns about the farm, she sees how pests can damage crops and why it is important to keep crops healthy. Young readers can learn new vocabulary words as they read.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Agricultural Water
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated with agricultural water and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Cleaning and Sanitizing
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated cleaning and sanitizing and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Handwashing
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated with worker hygiene and health and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Worker Hygiene and Health
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated with worker hygiene and health and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Harvest and Post Harvesting Handling
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated with harvest and post harvest handling and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO)
Reducing food safety risks is critical for growers. This poster highlights safety risks associated with biological soil amendments of animal origin and is part of a series that can be displayed on produce farms to help remind workers of how to keep themselves and the produce they are growing safe.
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Project Area or Exhibit?
What is the difference between a 4-H project and a 4-H exhibit? Each year, 4-H members enroll in project areas that interest them. They set goals to plan what they will learn in each project area. When they bring things to fair to show what they learned, these are called exhibits.

This publication gives examples of ways you can explore project area learning as a 4-H member, and ways that you can participate in sharing what you have learned through exhibiting opportunities.
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Writing a Clothing Event Commentary
In a clothing event, runway commentaries tell the audience about you and the special features of your garment. It is also your opportunity to share what you learned during the experience of purchasing or making your outfit. Commentaries are concise, usually between 50 and 100 words long.

This publication explains how to write a commentary, sample commentaries, and a list of clothing-related terms you may want to use in your commentary.
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Iowa Cattle Feeding - Beyond the Margins
Feeding cattle is an important farming enterprise and a vital sector of Iowa's economy. This publication looks at competitive advantages that Iowa cattle feedlots hold, and the opportunities available to producers to navigate through market challenges. Cattle feeding profits, managing price risk and the overall economic environment are all discussed.
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Understanding the Veterinary Feed Directive Order in Aquaculture
A veterinary feed directive (VFD) order is written by a licensed veterinarian to authorize the use of an approved drug in animal feed. This publication discusses VFD in aquaculture, including the processes for receiving a VFD and other questions.
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2020 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey
Iowa farmers who perform custom work, hire work done, or some of both, have the 2020 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey schedule as a guide in determining custom rates. This information is based on a survey of 106 Iowa farmers, custom operators, and farm managers. For each operation, the average rate from the survey, the median and the range are shown.
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Iowa Concern Hotline magnet (Unit=Pkg of 50)
Magnet with contact information for the Iowa Concern Hotline. Hotline provides confidential, 24-hour support for individuals with financial concerns and those seeking stress counseling or legal education.

Each magnet is 2 inches wide by 3.5 inches high.
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$7.50
Municipal Zoning for Local Foods in Iowa: A Guidebook for Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Foods
The popularity of local foods has increased significantly in the last few decades, pushed along in recent years by a heightened interest of consumers in buying local and sustainably-grown foods. Municipalities are increasingly recognizing the multiple benefits of urban agriculture. As the urban agriculture movement has advanced, many have recognized the role that local government policies and regulations play in either stifling or facilitating the production, processing and distribution of local foods.

This guidebook focuses on the intersection of local foods and municipal zoning. It is written to provide Iowa city officials information and sample code language for reducing the barriers to, and/or encouraging some of the most common production and sales activities associated with urban agriculture.
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Post Corn Silage, Going to Corn: Use Cereal Rye
This publication is intended to provide a starting point for farmers who are new to cover crops. With experience, farmers may fine-tune the use of cover crops for their systems.
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Post Corn Silage, Going to Soybean: Use Cereal Rye
This publication is intended to provide a starting point for farmers who are new to cover crops. With experience, farmers may fine-tune the use of cover crops for their systems.
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Why Leadership Matters for Rural Community Vitality in Iowa
What are the characteristics of good leadership in small towns? Does leadership enhance quality of life? Is leadership the difference between successful and struggling communities? This publication examines these questions and provides research from Iowa small towns to demonstrate how leadership styles can shape a community.
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Days Suitable for Fieldwork in Iowa
The number of days available to complete tillage, crop protection, planting, and harvesting is an important consideration in selecting farm machinery. This publication discusses estimated days suitable for fieldwork in Iowa in each of the nine crop reporting districts in Iowa, based on records dating back to 1964.

Previously known as PM 1874
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2020 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production
This publication provides information on product and management updates, the role of preemergence herbicides in glyphosate resistant crops, corn and soybean herbicide effectiveness ratings, herbicide package mixes, and herbicide site of action and injury symptoms.

Updated annually.
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Buildings for Aquaculture Operations
As new aquaculture production in the Midwest has shifted from outdoor ponds to indoor systems, information has been needed on the useful life, efficiency, and layout of the buildings these systems are housed in. This publication discusses whether it is best to build a new structure or renovate an existing building, and considerations when designing the best growing system.
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Community Mural Toolkit
The Community Mural Toolkit aims to show that community art is so much more than the final product itself: the art-making process can aid in building bridges between diverse groups and add to building stronger communities wherever you live. This guide offers an introduction to the nuts and bolts of community mural making and an invitation to consider and explore your community's goals for creating community art.
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Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual
Improving water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat while remaining productive and profitable is the focus of many conservation efforts in Iowa. Confidence in practice selection and management is essential for implementing conservation practices. This publication provides best management recommendations for farmers and landowners getting started with conservation and water quality practices by helping select and incorporate in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices most appropriate to the decision maker's land and preferences.
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Evaluating Body Condition of Beef Cows in Winter
Body condition scores have long been a tool for evaluating fat reserves in beef cattle. With producers often lacking the ability to weigh their cows, this management tool offers a simple, visual solution to help boost performance and profit potential of the cow herd. This publication walks producers through the stages of the scale and provides information on proper steps to grade cows, especially in the winter.
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Reducing Food Safety Risks at Produce Farms
Fresh fruits and vegetables contribute greatly to foodborne disease outbreaks, and are often implicated in multistate outbreaks. Contamination of produce at the farm has the potential to cause foodborne disease outbreaks and should therefore be prevented. This publication points out different ways to minimize contamination of fresh produce on the farm.
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Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2020
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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Employers' Instructional Guide - Training Employees Who Operate Agricultural Tractors
Training employees who operate agricultural tractors is important. This updated publication provides information on nine safe operating practices that operators should keep in mind when using tractors.
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Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.
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Crop Advantage - 2020 Series Proceedings
These proceedings feature summaries from workshops presented as part of the 2020 statewide Crop Advantage Series. Authors provide key points of their presentation, references for print and Internet materials, and illustrations to explain crop production and protection.

The publication also includes a list of Extension field agronomists and other resources offered to growers by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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Building a Vibrant Club
4-H Clubs are all about youth having fun, making friends, discovering one’s voice, and learning to work with others. 4-H members will come to club meetings when their four needs are being met: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

This publication helps club leaders build a vibrant club experience for their members using a building-block concept. The elements of a vibrant club (welcome, recreation, education, and a business meeting) all contribute to one or more of the basic needs.

Previously known as 4H 4004B.
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Alimentos para las ferias de 4-H de Iowa. Guía de referencia rápida
Spanish version of Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide.

Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.
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Homebuyer Education eCourse: A Place of Your Own
Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. It’s an exciting experience and not a simple task.

Many home loan programs require completion of a homebuyer course to qualify for a loan. A Place of Your Own is an online course to help homebuyers learn about the process of buying a home.

The six lesson topics are:
  • preparing for home ownership
  • determining a budget
  • shopping for a home
  • securing a mortgage
  • closing the loan
  • being a homeowner

Lesson activities include videos, worksheets, and quizzes. After completing the lessons, earn your homebuyer's certificate with a score of at least 70% correct on the final test.

The course can be completed anytime, anywhere from any computer with Internet access.
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Moodle eCourse
$45.00
Weed Science Program 2019 Weed Control Results
The 2019 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.
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Helping Create Readiness and Relationships to Increase Local Procurement in Iowa's Schools
Through a USDA grant, the Local Foods Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach worked to explore barriers restricting local food access in schools across Iowa and to provide guidance, partnership, technical assistance, support and incentives to educate schools to find solutions. This publication summarizes the results of the initiative.
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Suggested Closing Inventory Prices For 2019 Records
This two-page sheet lists values of farm commodities at the end of calendar year 2019 for use in tax reporting.
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Your Net Worth Statement
Learn how to write and analyze your farm's net worth statement.
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Your Farm Income Statement
Income figures from your tax return may not accurately measure the economic performance of your farm. Learn more about the information needed to prepare an income statement. See a sample net farm income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of owner equity.
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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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Key Nutrients
Learn about the nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, that make up the food that we eat, and why they are important for your health.
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Economic Importance of the Iowa Egg Industry
Iowa leads the nation in egg production. This report explains the economic importance of the egg industry and why Iowa producers have a competitive advantage. It gives an overview of the state's egg production and the impact the industry makes throughout the state.
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2019 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 2019.
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4-H Laptop Skin
Show your 4-H pride with a laptop skin (sticker)!

Each sticker is 10.25 inches by 7.75 inches.
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$5.50
Seed Treatment and Foliar Fungicide Impact on Sudden Death Syndrome and Soybean Yield
Created by the Crop Protection Network, which includes authors from land-grant universities across the United States and Ontario, this publication summarizes important research information about sudden death syndrome management using seed treatments and foliar fungicide.

Available from the Crop Protection Network.
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests - Soybean 2019
Results of soybean yield trials that are conducted annually by ISU and the Iowa Crop Improvement Association. Provides information farmers need to select the best varieties or brands for their production conditions.
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Bottled Water: Know the Facts
Learn the pros and cons of drinking bottled water. Tips for buying and storing water are also included.
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Guide to Iowa Corn Planting
Corn is grown on more acres of Iowa land than any other crop. This publication will help you better understand row spacing, hybrid selection, seeding rate and plant population, planting dates, seeding depth and much more.

Previously known as PM 1885 - Corn Planting Guide.
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Walk Your Way to Fitness
Increase your fitness level by walking; it's the most popular adult exercise and can improve your health and outlook on life. Includes a sample walking program, a "talk test," and tips on comfortable clothing.
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Iowa Crop Performance Tests - Corn 2019
The Iowa Crop Performance Tests for corn is conducted each year to help farmers select the best hybrids for their production conditions. All six Corn Districts are now conveniently combined into one publication.
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Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets
This enterprise budgeting tool can help vegetable growers estimate the costs and revenue associated with producing a product. Growers with multiple enterprises can use total sales as the basis for estimating the cost of planting, growing, harvesting, and handling key crops with a series of worksheets.

Specific crops include: Asparagus, basil, green beans, carrots, eggplant, garlic, salad greens, snow peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, cherry and heirloom tomatoes.

Previously known as PM 2017.
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Organic Crop Production Enterprise Budgets
An enterprise budget is an estimate of the costs and returns to produce a product. This publication looks at enterprise budgets for organic growers, reflecting a four-year rotation using corn, soybeans, oats with alfalfa and a second year of alfalfa.

Previously known as FM 1876
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An Economic Analysis of Two Iowa Crop Rotations
This publication compares the economic return to management of two crop rotations: conventional corn-soybean and organic corn-soybean-oat/alfalfa-alfalfa.

The publication details the production and market assumptions made and examines if these rotations are sustainable from a profitability standpoint.
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Making the Transition from Conventional to Organic
Farming organically allows producers to incur many economic and social advantages compared to farming conventionally. Understanding and planning the economic returns of the transition process can aid the producer in planning and in becoming organically certified.
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Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home
This publication provides information on preventing bed bugs from entering a home, how to know if a home is infested, and how to eliminate bed bugs if they are found.
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Talking With Your Tenant About: Land Use Changes
Land use changes like prairie strips, perennial vegetation and extended rotations are important practices that can help achieve the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This publication discusses these changes and how to start a conversation with a tenant about implementing them in a farming operation.
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Human Sciences Overview (Unit=50)
Promotional flyer highlighting Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.
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Adapting Enterprise Budgets for Organic Crops
Deciding what organic products to grow and how to price them is difficult, particularly when markets often are not well established. This publication discusses how to adapt enterprise budgets to organic crops in order to better ensure a producer earns a profit from their crop.
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5 Ways to Help the Monarchs
The monarch butterfly population in North America has declined by 80% during the past 20 years. This publication includes five ways to help this iconic insect survive and thrive across Iowa and the Midwest.
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Understanding Fish Feed Labels
Policies are implemented at the national level, in cooperation with state and local partners, to regulate fish feed. Adequate feed labeling is a requisite for commercialization as feed manufacturers must make sure their product complies with regulations, but also serves as a guideline for the fish farmer.

This publication discusses the components of a feed label and how to read and understand them.
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