Environment

Local Highlights

September 22, 2014

Managing nutrients from manure is becoming a high priority among most livestock farmers for economic and environmental reasons. Discussions will focus on nutrient management including various options and methods to manage total farm nutrient balance, manure management, and nutrient runoff.  The ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team is putting Manure Management as a top educational priority for this programming year.  The on-farm tours in NE Iowa will highlight various manure management systems for all of us to better our skills of managing manure. 

April 4, 2014

This brochure provides an overview of nuclear power plant emergency plans for farmers, food processors, and distributors.  Free copies are available at the Dubuque County Extension Office.

March 24, 2014

We have copies of educational videos that are FREE for you to check out and view yourself or show to a group. Read this story for more details about our latest offerings about cover crops and wetlands conservation.

hoop house at Tree of Life CSA
November 26, 2013

Keeping our food dollars local is good for the Tri-States.  This new report shows the how producers, consumers and institutions committed to "buying local" can improve the economy for everyone.

June 14, 2013

Click here to see job openings and internship postings for our Dubuque County office.

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Pesticide and Manure Applicator Testing and Training Information

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Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • 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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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