Environment

Local Highlights

June 19, 2017

With the confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer in Alta recently, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will be holding an informational session on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office (209 Centennial Drive, Cherokee). The session is free for all who wish to attend and pre-registration is not necessary. 

June 16, 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline Restroation Field Day

Area Farmers and the public are invited to attend an informational meeting by Iowa State University Extension and outreach specialists regarding a Dakota Access Pipeline Restoration Field Day on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Allee Demonstration Farm.  Topics to be discussed include the Dakota Access Pipeline restroation project, manure calibration and manifold distribution.

June 14, 2017

Farmers and the public are invited to attend Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Annual Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day on Wednesday, July 12 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Check-in and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will present timely research and crop production information throughout the morning. 

June 13, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach recently released the schedule for the Annual Northwest Iowa Land Leasing and Value Meetings. The meetings are intended for current and prospective tenants and landlords, and will cover current cash rental rates and land value survey results; how to determine a fair cash rent for 2017-18; effective tenant/landlord communication; strategies for writing and terminating a farm lease; and other ag lease decision-making resources.  

June 5, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of field days in June designed to help farmers understand how to both improve their profit and improve water quality. The field days are part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Nitrogen and Water Week, which runs from June 27-29.

Iowa DNR Animal Feeding Operations
Click on this link for information on current regulations, construction requirements, manure management plans, application requirements, and more.

Confinement and Commercial Manure Applicator Information

Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Information

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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