John Lawrence
Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach

515-294-7801
jdlaw@iastate.edu

Articles by this author:

Exhibits in the Iowa State tent, located at the corner of Center and Seventh Avenues of the Farm Progress Show, contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about Iowa State's involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent offer a look at biomass and cover crops.

Angela Rieck-Hinz is the new extension field agronomist for north central Iowa. She brings expertise in crop production and protection to this position, which serves a nine-county area.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a new team and direction to advise farmers on corn and soybean production.

Charles Brown, of rural Ottumwa, joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Feb. 24 as a farm management specialist serving the 12-county southeast Iowa agricultural community.

Jamie Benning has been hired as water quality program manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As an extension agronomist the past 13 years she has led multi-state water quality projects, supported farmer-led watershed initiatives and conducted agronomic research.

More Iowa farmers are planting cover crops late in the growing season, a practice the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy identified as one way to help protect Iowa’s water quality. Iowa's nutrient reduction plan is voluntary, which means it is not regulated. However – it is not optional.

Iowa State University economists are cautioning farmers to be prepared for a potential downturn in the values of commodities and land.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Farm Bureau are teaming up to deliver current market and management information to Iowa livestock farmers in these challenging times. The “Managing Through Stress: A Livestock Information Event” will be held Monday, Feb.  4.

Three informational meetings regarding the recently released Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy will be held in Denison, Ames and Waterloo the week of Dec. 17.

Governor Branstad asks for public comment on a nutrient reduction strategy developed over a two-year period by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.