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Educational DVDs available FREE: Cover Crops, Grassed Waterways and Manure Management

The Allamakee County Extension Office has DVDs that are available for anyone to check out FREE OF CHARGE and view at home or show to a group. Check them out at our office located at 21 Allamakee St., Waukon. Call 563.568.6345 to check on the availability. Our newest offerings include:

"Adding a Cover Crop to a Corn-Soybean System"

Cover crops help protect soil from erosion thereby improving water quality. They also help maintain natural cycles for water, carbon, nutrients and soil organisms. This DVD offers helpful tips on successful crop management. Produced by Iowa Learning Farms.

"From Gully to Grass: Implementing Grassed Waterways"

Grassed waterways, when properly constructed, help collect water and convey it off the landscape without causing soil erosion, thereby improving water quality. They can be effective in preventing gully formation that can occur in draws and low lying areas. This DVED offers insight into successful grassed waterway implementation and management. Produced by Iowa Learning Farms.

"Manure Management and Conservation"

This DVD provides general information about manure management practices that are used as stewardship principles to help protect water quality. It is not the intent of this video to provide the regulatory requirements for manure management issues in the State of Iowa. Video sections include: managing manure nutrients for crop growth, sampling liquid manure, sampling open lot manure, the value of manure nutrients, and more. Produced by Iowa Learning Farms.

"AgrAbility

This 20 minute DVD tells the AgrAbility story from the perspective of individuals who have benefited from it.  Essential information is provided about how AgrAbility operates an how to access AgrAbility services. www.agrability.org

 

 "Rural Road Crashes: They're Preventable!"

The Iowa Department of Transportation identified “Rural Roads” as a priority area during the development of the 2007 Iowa Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan), (www.iowadot.gov/traffic/chsp). Crash analysis revealed that about one‐half of Iowa’s annual roadway fatalities occur on local systems. The CHSP and Iowa Traffic Safety Alliance (ITSA) Rural Roads Action Team identified and moved to implement two strategies to address injuries and deaths in this category:

1.     Data Analysis: Safety Analysis of Low‐Volume Rural Roads in Iowa research project This robust analysis of crash data revealed some distinct patterns of demographics and road features most common in rural road crashes. The study clearly showed young drivers are the most at‐risk on rural roads.

2.     Raise public awareness of rural roads risk: Rural Road Crashes ‐ They’re Preventable video project

Discussion among a wide range of safety practitioners revealed that a) many driver education courses provide little exposure to
gravel and rural roads and b) Iowa drivers in general are not aware of gravel road speed limits, how risky rural roads are, and
the extensive rural road factors to be mindful of when driving rural roads. This video project supports efforts to raise public
awareness in communities and among all drivers.

The Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Iowa (I‐CASH) identified reducing agriculture‐related injuries and
deaths from rural road crashes as a top priority for their organization. I‐CASH took the lead in this collaborative video
project. www.public‐health.uiowa.edu/icash/programs/rural‐roadway‐safety‐video‐project

To view the video online and access electronic versions of the quiz, discussion guide, and other materials, visit:
http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/RuralRoadCrashes.html

The DVD is available for loan from the Allamakee County Extension Office, or the materials can be ordered by contacting Mary Schaer at Mary.Schaer@dot.iowa.gov or 515-237-3180.

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