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COL COOL will be focus of satellite program

AMES, Iowa -- Producers of all livestock affected by the new Country of Origin Labeling law are invited to learn more about it at a satellite program from 10 a.m. to noon on June 10.

The program is sponsored by Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension and will originate from the ISU campus.

ISU agricultural economist John Lawrence and ISU Extension veterinarian James McKean will present information on the COOL program, including expectations of and implications for Iowa livestock producers, dates for mandatory participation in COOL and options for meeting COOL-related requirements.

Cost of the program is $10 per person. Questions may be asked during the program by phone, fax and e-mail.

Dog project meeting scheduled May 14

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MANCHESTER, Iowa -- Dog project members are invited to a project meeting at 7 p.m. May 14 in the Delaware County Extension office meeting room in Manchester.

Since dog identification forms will be completed at this meeting, members will need to bring the dog's rabies certificate along with information about the dog. A parent should attend this meeting with their child to sign the identification form.

Marlene Wiedenman, dog project leader, will review the dog project and dog obedience class expectations.

Identification forms are due at the Extension office on May 15.

Master Woodland Managers Program set

A Master Woodland Managers Program will be offered in northeast Iowa from Aug. 12 through Sept. 16.

Darrell Hanson, Delaware County Extension Education Director, said the program is similar to the Master Gardener program, which provides horticulture training to volunteers who then provide services to their neighbors and communities.

The program will consist of four, four-hour sessions on Tuesday evenings between Aug. 12 and Sept. 2, plus two eight-hour sessions on Sept. 9 and 16, for a total of 32 hours of training.

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The evening sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the eight-hour sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. with an hour break for supper.

Locations include Pinicon Ridge Park, Squaw Creek Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, and woodlands around the parks. Participants are expected to attend all the sessions, actively participate in these learning experiences and contribute at least 32 hours of public service after completing the program.

Farmers Market coming to Waukon

WAUKON, Iowa -- The Allamakee Farmers Market Association and Iowa State University Extension are organizing a Farmers Market to be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday at the Allamakee County fairgrounds in Waukon from June 2 to Oct. 13.

The goal of the Farmers Market is to foster a relationship between growers, producers, artisans and members of the countywide community by providing high quality products, a community meeting place, events and consumer education.

"This is not your typical farmers market,'' said Teresa Wiemerslage, Allamakee County Extension Director. "We hope to make it more of a community and social event each week. In many ways, it will be reminiscent of the past, where people would come to town on market days. It also makes it a good fit with all the Sesquicentennial activities planned this summer.''

Wiemerslage received $1,000 from Extension 21 funding at ISU to start a value-added agriculture project in the county.

Master Gardener Group to host plant sale

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ELKADER, Iowa -- The Clayton County Master Gardeners will host a benefit plant sale beginning at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Veterans' Building, 107 lst St. NW, Elkader.

There will be perennials, vegetable plants, bulbs, and houseplants on the sale that have been contributed by the master gardeners. There will also be plants provided by Basswood Gardens, Elgin; Thistledown Perennials, McGregor; and Bear Creek Perennials, Edgewood.

During the sale master gardeners will be on hand to answer plant and landscape questions. Proceeds will go to the Clayton County Veterans Memorial fund drive.

Members picked for conservation panel

DES MOINES -- Two new members have been appointed by Gov. Tom Vilsack to the state Conservation Committee. Another member was reappointed.

Jean Eells, Webster City was chosen to fill the position in north-central Iowa that is currently held by Diane Thompson. Eells is a district commissioner, farmer and realtor. James Tobin of New Market was appointed to fill a position in southwest Iowa. Todd Scott, Iowa City, was reappointed to to represent the mining industry.

Each new commissioner will serve terms that started on May 1 and continue through April 30, 2009.

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