Environment

Local Highlights

February 25, 2015

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

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The four-page Emerald Ash Borer Management Options, PM 2084, has been revised and is available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a free download. The publication provides recommendations on how to protect ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Information about the life stages affected by systemic insecticides, two new professional products and proper use to protect insect pollinators has been added to the publication. It also highlights two pesticides that protect the ash tree for two years.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for April will be on Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Timothy Youngquist, agriculture specialist in the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.

The presentation will focus on Iowa State research showing that strategically converting 10 percent of a crop field into perennial prairie can greatly reduce soil erosion as well as phosphorous and nitrogen loss. Initial research conducted in central Iowa and the adoption of prairie strips on private farms will be discussed. The benefits of prairie and design considerations for siting prairie strips within farm fields will be covered.   

March 17, 2015

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is challenging Iowans to celebrate National Agriculture Day on Wednesday, March 18, by photographing their connection with Iowa agriculture and sharing it online. With over 88,000 family farms in Iowa and nearly 420,000 Iowans employed in agriculture, accounting for one in every five Iowans, no two people’s days are the same.

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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