Local Highlights

February 1, 2016

Having another 3 exciting 2 Hour webinar series put on by our state office. The three part webinar series will highlight Food Security in Iowa. This event is open to all MG’s and public individuals. No Charge. The webinar will be held at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo, IA 50701. **Cookies, Tea, and Coffee available. Please read more and sign up!

February 1, 2016

Six Educational Sessions to be Offered During Hawkeye Farm Show. “Participating in the educational seminars and visiting the ISU Extension and Outreach booth will provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest in agricultural practices that can be used to improve the efficiency of their operations,” said Bill Arndorfer, ISU Extension and Outreach regional director. Read more...

January 22, 2016

To learn more about the application process, plan to attend these informational meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 11AM & 6PM and again on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 3PM at the Cedar Falls Library - Small Conference Room, 524 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613; or Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 2PM & 7:30PM and again on Saturday, Feb. 13th at 11AM at the Waterloo SportsPlex, 300 Jefferson St., Waterloo

The application process is a simple form that you can download here:
OPEN FEB. 12 - MARCH 16.

January 22, 2016

"Certified commercial applicator" means a person, corporation, or employee of a person or corporation who enters into a contract or an agreement for the sake of monetary payment and agrees to perform a service by applying a pesticide but does not include a farmer trading work with another, a person employed by a farmer not solely as a pesticide applicator who applies pesticide as an incidental part of the person's general duties, or a person who applies pesticide as an incidental part of a custom farming operation. Iowa Code, Chpt. 206.2 See dates:

December 23, 2015

Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to meet certification requirements for manure handling and land application. Certification requirements include attending two hours of annual training for each year of the three-year license or to take and pass a certification exam once every three years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the opportunity to attend annual training via a series of statewide workshops or by watching the training DVDs during monthly scheduled dates and times. Black Hawk Counties workshop will be Feb. 23 at the Dike Public Library. 1:30pm, no charge. View other workshops in Iowa.

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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