Local Highlights

September 30, 2015

FoodCorps service members Grace Rathert, Bobbi Jacobs and Laura McInerney picked 1100 apples in from Timeless Prairie Orchard in Buchanan County. These apples will be used in the nutrition program they help lead at Lowell, Kittrell, Highland, Lincoln, Irving, Becker, and Cunningham. This has been a great collaboration of the Health Department, Waterloo Schools food service, and FoodCorps stationed at ISU Extension. See photos!

September 14, 2015

Cost for this year’s calendar is $7 each

September 10, 2015

Shout OUT to Sheila Sartious, Justin Edwards and Jake Geis plus many other volunteers who have made the Dick Young Greenhouse so inviting for the students coming back to school this fall. Stop by and see all the varieties of tomatoes, carrots, corn and watermelon growing in the outside gardens!

September 9, 2015

See schedule for: Roadside, Forest and Aquatic Pest Management,
Mosquito and Public Health Management,
Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicator,
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease
Pest Control Operators
Aerial Applicators

For more info call Black Hawk Extension Office, 319-234-6811 or visit Pesticide Safety Education Program webpage. Download Registion Forms Here.

July 27, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at the Animal Rescure League of Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines. The theme for this year’s conference is “Population Health – Growing in Rural Iowa”. The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (invited). IRHA Member $60.00. Non-Member $80.00. Register before Sept. 2 to avoid $15 late fee. Click here to regisiter on paper. Or On-line.

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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