Articles related to Environment

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 07:59

Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) specialists and faculty talked about physical, chemical and biological conditions of urban streams and the implications of daily actions by individuals with respect to stream health and sustainability during the Science Center of Iowa Cafe Scientifique. The program was recorded and is available online.

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 10:19

Friday, April 13 is the evening to celebrate the “Year of the Bat.” Youngsters and adults can explore Iowa’s incredibly fascinating and delightfully likeable masters of the night skies – bats – from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pioneer Columbus Community Center, 2100 S.E. 5th Street in Des Moines.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 13:46

Rain barrels, rain gardens and other strategies to reduce flooding and improve water quality is the focus of the Virtual Eco Family Conference, “Water, Our Precious Resource,” on April 5.

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 13:34

The Iowa Community Tree Steward Program will be held on Tuesday evenings for seven consecutive weeks beginning May 1 for residents of Polk and surrounding counties. Participants completing the program training and community service will become certified Iowa Community Tree Stewards.

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.