Environment

Local Highlights

May 18, 2017

The 2017 Delaware County Fair will feature three Kiddie Livestock Shows for youth three years old through 3rd grade. The Kiddie Lamb Show will be held Tuesday during the Sheep Show at 4:00 p.m. The Kiddie Dairy Show will take place on Wednesday during the Dairy show at 12:00 p.m. The Kiddie Beef Show will be on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to enter the 2017 Delaware County Fair Kiddie Lamb Show, Kiddie Dairy Show, and Kiddie Beef Show must file an entry form in the Delaware County Extension Office by Friday, June 23.  All kiddie events provide young people with an opportunity to participate in county fair activities and gain experience in showing livestock.

May 18, 2017

Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.

Radon
May 16, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County, Delaware County Public Health, and Midwest Systems are partnering to offer free Radon Awareness Workshop on May 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office in Manchester.  

WD Farm Safety
May 16, 2017

Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day was held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on May 5 with over 410 students, teachers, adult volunteers and FFA members in attendance.  Educational safety lessons were taught to children from local daycares and grades junior kindergarten through 1st grade.  ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County along with West Delaware FFA partnered together to provide the educational safety lessons.  

Farm Safety
May 16, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County partnered with members of the Edgewood-Colesburg FFA chapter to provide educational safety lessons to area daycare children and grades junior kindergarten through 1st at the Colesburg Elementary School on May 2 at the Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day. 

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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

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