Environment

Local Highlights

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Nate Anderson, a Cherokee area farmer, had the perfect spot at the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Between large seed company tents and blocks filled with farm equipment, Anderson joined Iowa State University experts and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to talk about cover crops and no-till planting – two management tools he uses in his corn-soybean acreage program.

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- The 14h Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

August 18, 2014

The field day is free and open to the public.  It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center on the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.

August 18, 2014

Tama County Women, Land, and Legacy will soon hold its twenty-third event, The Bohemie Alps: Pasture Walk Around Paddocks & Ponds.  It will be held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Rebecca Dostal Farm, 2422 Q Avenue in rural Clutier.  A meal sponsored by Tama County Farm Bureau will be served beginning at 6:00 pm with the even following at 7:00 pm.  The meal and event are free of charge and open to the public.

July 8, 2014

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of Summer garden webinars to be hosted by Grundy County Extension and Outreach.  The webinar dates are July 15, August 14, and September 4.  The sessions will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Grundy County Extension Office.

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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