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July 20, 2015

Become a Fruit TreeKeeper in Dubuque and gain hands-on experience caring for fruit and nut trees! Fruit TreeKeepers learn about tree biology, planting & maintenance, fruit & nut tree varieties, organic management & care, and harvesting techniques. August 24th and 31st at the Dubuque Arboretum. 6-8pm. 

July 7, 2015

Dubuque County Master Gardener “Lunch n’ Learn” talk on Wednesday, September 2nd, 12:15 – 1:00pm, at the Multicultural Family Center about season extension.
Techniques such as fall plantings, succession planting, row covers, hoop houses, and cold frames will be discussed. Participants are welcome to bring their own suggestions and experiences with season extension to share with the group. Resources on how to implement these techniques will be shared at the talk.

June 25, 2015

Learn how to get the most out of your garden harvests this season with an informational session on home preservation. August 5th, at the Multicultural Family Center: 1157 Central Ave. 12:15pm. 

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!

June 1, 2015

Livestock producers with an interest in beginning or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Greenhorn Grazing workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Greenhorn Grazing short course consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season.

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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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