Environment

Local Highlights

December 17, 2015

Dubuque County Master Gardeners are excited to announce, the Spring Garden 2016 Schedule is now avaiable! Check it out and register TODAY! 

October 16, 2015

Ag & Conservation are generally seen in opposition to one another, with agriculture converting natural ecosystems to fields for human use, and conservation seeking to preserve natural ecosystems. Agroforestry attempts to break down this dichotomy, creating economically viable systems that provide important eco-services, such as pollinator habitat & carbon sequestration.

September 1, 2015

DUBUQUE – The emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive insect of ash trees has been confirmed in Dubuque, Iowa. 

August 20, 2015

On September 26th, Dubuque County Master Gardeners are sharing their plants with the community at a very discounted rate! Find perennials, flowers, ground covers, and more for last minute touches to your garden or landscape at the Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale. 

June 4, 2015

Those with an interest in gardening who would like to volunteer in the community are encouraged to join the 2015 Dubuque County Master Gardener program. Both long-time gardeners and inexperienced beginners are welcome to join!

Dubuque Top Resource Picks

Pesticide and Manure Applicator Testing and Training Information

"The Rural Innovator" e-newsletter Each issue has reliable, research-based information about diverse agriculture practices and read stories about Iowans who are using those methods to manage profitable businesses. Subscribe now!

Local Foods Resources - Dubuque County

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

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