Environment

Local Highlights

August 3, 2015

The Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Atlantic on August 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cass County Community Center will focus on current issues related to farmland ownership, management and leasing arrangements.Tim Eggers, ISU Extension & Outreach Field Agriculture Economist will discuss Trends in Farm Land Values, Cash Rental Rates and Costs of Production. 

July 13, 2015

Educational programs for farmers and retailers with a focus on understanding weed resistance and a hands-on, practical approach to developing long-term weed management plans that work. Southwest Iowa sessions will be held August 4th at the Armstrong Research Farm in Lewis

July 13, 2015

Cass County Extension hosts the Iowa Master Gardener Summer Webinar series. This series of three gardening classes is open to the public. Three different topics will be offered on Tuesday evenings in June, July and August.

June 4, 2015

Join us for a two day camp for 3-5th graders that will explore life and ecosystems in the rainforest! We spend the first day in Cass County learning about animals and their ecosystems, then spend day two at the Omaha Zoo to do some observation and up close learning! Sign up today!

May 26, 2015

Join the Cass County Master Gardeners for a daylong trip to several Des Moines Area attractions!

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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