Environment

Local Highlights

June 26, 2014

The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach are once again offering a series of summer garden webinars for the general public.  Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Rockwell City.  Call 712-297-8611 to register for each session individually. 

Tuesday, July 15 – Mark Vitosh, Iowa DNR District Forester, will speak on “Iowa’s Unknown Treasure: The Forest Resource.”  He will discuss trees in communities as well as the benefits and issues of growing trees in Iowa woodlands and urban areas. 

Thursday, August 14 - Donald Lewis & Mark Shour, ISU Extension Entomologists, will speak on “Tree Pests: Emerald Ash Borer and Beyond”, with a focus on recent pests of trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape. 

Thursday, September 4 – Jeff Iles, Iowa State University Department of Horticulture, Chair and Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on “Replacing Ash Trees: Good Alternatives for Iowa”, providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.
 

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

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

  • 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.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

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

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

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

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

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

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