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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Muscatine County
(Posted on 7/21/2014)
A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer by a federal identifier.
Urban-Ag Academy Conference Is July 17-19 in Ames
(Posted on 7/16/2014)
The third annual Urban-Ag Academy conference will be held in Ames from July 17 through July 19.
Iowa Senate Resolution Celebrates Cooperative Extension
(Posted on 3/27/2014)
The Iowa Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution March 27 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System.
2014 ‘Friends of Extension’ Honored
(Posted on 3/14/2014)
The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honor society of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has honored four individuals as “Friends of Extension.”
Iowans Share Community Priorities That Need Extension and Outreach Education
(Posted on 2/28/2014)
In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Bremer and Wapello Counties, Iowa
(Posted on 2/19/2014)
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in Eddyville in Wapello County, and trees in the public right-of-way in Waverly in Bremer County. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
2013 Farm Poll: Farmers Concerned about Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
(Posted on 12/3/2013)
Iowa farmers are increasingly concerned about herbicide-resistant weeds and are changing their weed management practices to deal with the issue, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.
2013 Farm Poll Examines Climate Change and Agriculture
(Posted on 11/12/2013)
Drought, extreme rains and flooding over the past five years have had the greatest influence on farmers’ beliefs about climate change, according to the 2013 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. The survey also gathered farmers' concerns about weather-related threats to agriculture and attitudes regarding different types of potential responses to increasing weather variability.
 
Extension, DNR Educate Communities on Flooding
(Posted on 11/1/2013)
A new video series, “Flooding in Iowa,” offers a close look at floodplains, flood risks and ways to mitigate possible future losses from flooding. The web-based educational videos are suitable for local officials as well as the general public.
 
Iowa State University a Partner for Cleaner Waters
(Posted on 10/31/2013)
More Iowa farmers are planting cover crops late in the growing season, a practice the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy identified as one way to help protect Iowa’s water quality. Iowa's nutrient reduction plan is voluntary, which means it is not regulated. However – it is not optional.