Hot off the Press!
ISU Extension and Outreach welcomes the 2016 Rising Star Interns!
Another summer brings another year of the Rising Star Internship program. This summer we welcome 5 students from Iowa State University. The Rising Star Internship program enables students to help their community while gaining real world experience and exposes them to careers in Extension and Outreach work. This summer, the Rising Star interns will be focussing on regional food systems as well as an individual project.
Click here to read the Rising Stars blog and learn more about the interns!
Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila
Joe Hannan, ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Specialist for western Iowa has a new publication out called Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila in Commercial Fruit Production.
This 7 page publication can be viewed or downloaded for free at the ISU Extension Store. This is a timely publication as the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) showed up in the Upper Midwest 2-3 years ago and has created problems for soft skinned fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, aronia berries and grapes as they near harvest time. The publication covers the SWD life cycle, identification, trapping & monitoring methods, effective insecticides and overall management plus, includes a list of additional resources.
2016 Production Guides
The 2016 Spray Guides are printed and are available at the ISU Extension Store. There have been major updates to the Vegetable Production Guide the last couple of years with the integration of Ohio State into the group. If it has been awhile since you purchased one of these books, it is time to do so. The Small Fruit and Grape and the Tree Fruit Spray Guides have been combined into one book titled Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide. Each of the guides can be downloaded for free or purchased for $10 ( Vegetable) or $15 ( Fruit).
Looking for marketing help?
In 2016, ISU Extension and Outreach will once again be hosting ISU students participating in the Rising Star Internship program. If local food producers are interested in working with our interns to help establish or expand an online presence for marketing your products, please contact regional food coordinators, Margaret Murphy at 712-472-2576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Taylor at 712-276-2157 or email@example.com for more information.
Please stay tuned for information on upcoming summer programs and events!
Laurie Taylor (712) 276-2157 / firstname.lastname@example.org or
Margaret Murphy (712) 472-2576 / email@example.com
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to Healthy People, Environments, and Economies. Regional and local food systems provide an opportunity to meet increasing demand for locally produced food including fruits and vegetables, livestock, egg and dairy products while addressing the need of Iowans for food security with adequate diets and improving regional economies.