Environment

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August 24, 2016

AMES, Iowa – We’ve all heard the old proverb, “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” While the proverb applies to things other than apples, it is actually a true fact for several varieties of fruits and vegetables.

This proverb is the premise for an article titled ‘Store Fresh Garden Produce Properly’ by Linda Naeve, program specialist with Value Added Agriculture with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The article appears in the Summer 2016 issue of the Acreage Living newsletter.

August 24, 2016

AMES, Iowa –  Corn and soybean farmers, agronomists and crop scouts now only have to carry one reference guide to the field when identifying insects and diseases, staging crops or looking up production-related information. The Corn and Soybean Field Guide, produced by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, combines the Corn Field Guide 2nd Edition and the Soybean Field Guide 2nd Edition into one publication for a more efficient version.

August 18, 2016

Are you prepared for implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive on January 1, 2017?Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to offer an educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Iowa State Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers, and feed industry personnel are invited to participate. 

The program will include a general overview of the VFD, species break-outs, and discussion panels featuring veterinarians, producers, and feed industry personnel,” Clark said. “The implementation date of January 1, 2017, is approaching and at this point people may have some specific questions or scenarios that they are unsure about.

Please call Julee at the Carroll County Extension office at 712-792-2364 to register for the program

August 16, 2016

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.

August 14, 2015

Check out the Integrated Agronomics Newsletter for August 2016

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 many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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