Environment

Local Highlights

March 3, 2015

Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Dubuque Food Co-op with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Dubuque County, will host the play "Map of My Kingdom" tackling the critical issue of farmland transfer and a follow-up workshop that will help farmland owners write a letter about what matters most to them about their farmland and their legacy. The play will be Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Shalom Spirituality Center. The workshop will take place the next day, Friday, March 27, 9 am-4 pm at the Dubuque County Extension Office.

February 24, 2015

Dubuque County Master Gardeners are proud to present the 2015 Spring Garden Seminar! Filled with fun and informative breakout sessions about home landscapes, fruit and vegetable gardening, and wildlife gardens that are sure to give you the jump-start into a sustainable gardening season for 2015!

February 20, 2015
If you have fruit trees or grape vines this workshop is for you! March is the perfect time to get outside and
do some pruning. There are several techniques and practices to choose from. Learn about basic
pruning practices, including tools needed and basic equipment while gaining hands-on experience.
February 5, 2015

Area hay and forage producers are invited to attend the 32ndt Annual Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association (EIHPA) Annual Meeting and Conference on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Buzzy’s in Welton, Iowa.  Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

January 28, 2015

The 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. According to Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension forester, “It has become one of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation. The conference regularly fills to capacity, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to secure their place and receive the ‘Early Bird’ registration discount.”

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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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