Environment

Local Highlights

May 18, 2016

Monarch butterflies are beautiful, but vanishing.The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was created by Iowa State University, farmer and commodity groups, conservation organizations, private companies and state agencies in February 2015 to enhance monarch reproduction in Iowa. On Thursday, May 26th at 7 pm,  ISU Extension & Outreach – Greene County and Master Gardeners will present a community program with Dr. Bob Hartzler on Iowa efforts to increase habitat and turn around the rapidly declining monarch  population. 

May 25, 2016

Great resources available for farming practices in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Click here to link to the publication, or contact our Ag Engineering Field Specialist Shawn Shouse at sshouse@iastate.edu.

April 20, 2016

The Master Conservationist program, a series of ten sessions for participants to learn more about contributing to environmental sustainability, is being offered jointly by Greene and Boone County Extension this year, set to begin in June.  The series of outdoor and indoor meetings is intended for individuals to get hands-on experiences and share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa’s natural resources, while also discovering tools they can use to become better stewards and advocates of those resources. For more information, click on the headline!

January 11, 2016

Join us for Coffee & Conversation! Stop at Greene County Extension on Thursday, March 10th from 9:30-10:30 am for coffee, donuts, & informal discussion on current ag topics.

March's topic is Water Quality & the Nutrient Reduction Strategy with Shawn Shouse, Ag Engineering Field Specialist with ISU Extension & Outreach,  and sponsored by West Central Coop. Click here for more information on this FREE learning opportunity.

November 9, 2015

Greene County will hold its Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 15th at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. Please click here for more information.

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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