Local Highlights

February 25, 2015

Graduating seniors from a Grundy county school--apply for the 2015 master Gardener Scholarship.  $500 opportunity!

April 20, 2015

DES MOINES – Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in the southeast corner of rural Dallas County, making this the 21st county in Iowa where this invasive beetle has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.
The current EAB infestation was found as a result of an arborist contacting state officials about a suspect ash tree. Investigation by the Iowa EAB team revealed characteristic galleries, recent woodpecker activity and live larvae that were positively identified by federal identifiers.    

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – One in three Iowa farmers are women, owning nearly half of all Iowa agricultural land, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture and theFarmland Ownership and Tenure in Iowa–2012 report. Madeline Schultz, coordinator of women's agriculture education with ISU Extension and Outreach said that is why new courses have been developed specifically for women. The ISU Extension and Outreach courses provide practical information for managing human resources and grain marketing risks on family farms.
“Iowa women are at the heart of family farms and have significant ownership, management and employment in their operations,” said Schultz. “Post-planting season is the perfect time for Iowa farm women to get together and learn more about these complex aspects of farm business.”

April 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Everyone lives in a watershed and has a relationship with the watershed. Learn more about Iowa water quality issues, how watersheds function and the human relationship with them May 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Story County office.

April 20, 2015

CHARITON, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center is offering the 21st annual Update for Veterinarians on Wednesday, May 20, at the McNay Memorial Research Farm near Chariton. The full day of education will focus on beef herd management, genetics, bull fertility, cow reproduction, grazing and disease updates.

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is organizing the event and invites practitioners who work with cattle to make plans now to attend the event.

“Our featured speaker is Dr. Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska who will update us on research they are doing on drylot cow-calf production. Our other speakers have Iowa State connections, including faculty and staff from veterinary medicine and animal science,” Sellers said. “This is an opportunity for our veterinary colleagues to get acquainted with these folks and their areas of expertise. This year the program has been approved for six hours of continuing education credits.”

The veterinarian update includes eight presentations and a group discussion at the end. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration by May 15 is $60 per person. Registrations after May 15 and those registering onsite will pay $80. Lunch is provided, served by Cater 2 U.

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • 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.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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