Environment

Local Highlights

Photo of fingers typing on keyboard
May 3, 2016

This workshop is designed for representatives of non-profits, local government, and school districts. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, iPad or tablet device, if possible. Training is from 1-4 PM at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. Cost is $25 per person and registrations are due May 31. See the Grant Writing Flyer for complete details or give the office at call at 712-336-3488.

Photo of Combine in Field
February 12, 2016

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available on-line! This very popular publication from ISU Extension serves as a guide for individuals who hire custom work or perform custom work within our state. The survey also includes rates for renting machinery and providing other machinery operations. The custom rate charged for a service should cover the expense to own as well as operate the machinery, including fuel and the operator’s labor.

Image of Iowa Map and Farmland Rates by County
November 30, 2015

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre — having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year’s survey.

Iowa Map
February 28, 2015

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.
 

Food Produce Photo
February 18, 2015

In Iowa, local food is fun, but it also is a vehicle for rural economic development, as four new videos from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach show.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

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

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

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

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

  • 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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