Articles related to Environment

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:12

Key factors in conducting a safe burn include monitoring wind direction and wind speed, temperature, and relative humidity. Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach forester, outlines controlling an open burn and when it’s not advisable to burn.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:52

Proper management of furnace and ventilation controller settings in hog buildings can reduce propane and electricity costs. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach illustrates the impact controller settings can have on furnace run time and energy consumption in swine production facilities.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 15:25

Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 08:50

Getting more cover crops on Iowa farmland faces substantial challenges, despite the potential environmental and agronomic benefits, according to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. A new report based on data from the 2010 poll, Attitudes Toward Cover Crops in Iowa: Benefits and Barriers, is now available for free download from the ISU Extension and Outreach Online Store.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:36

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa are hosting a series of cover crop management field days at the five Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms across the state between March 28 and April 5, 2012.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 16:21

Biochar as a soil amendment will be featured during the Iowa Learning Farms’ (ILF) webinar, Wednesday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. The webinar is part of the ILF-hosted series held on the third Wednesday of each month through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:24

Going green to create a more sustainable home or community doesn’t happen overnight. According to two Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists it takes thought and action, and they have tips to get families and communities moving in the right direction to healthier lifestyles, economies and environments.

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 12:34

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will update farmers with current research during the workshop "Mega Trends in Agriculture," on March 28 in Rockwell City. Information provided will help farmers position themselves for the next decade.

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 12:22

The Crop Scouting Competition for Iowa Youth 2012 will be held July 31 at the Iowa State University Extension Farm near Boone. High school students are invited to compete and showcase their scouting abilities in corn and soybean during this one-day event.