Local Highlights

October 2, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Butterfly gardens can easily be created by planting a few of the insect’s favorite plants in a sunny corner of the yard. Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators is a new publication for home gardeners wanting to establish a butterfly garden of their own and is available to download from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store athttps://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

October 2, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Like soaring consumer interest in finding and using locally-sourced food, a strategic partnership of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is taking flight.

With continued support from the Leopold Center, the Local Foods Program is moving under the umbrella of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beginning this week.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Grapes are a delicious and nutritious part of any garden, but there are variables involved when properly harvesting and storing them.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to get the most out of your grape harvest. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Walnut Creek Watershed Project, will host a field day Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the pond on Jim Bourn’s farm, north of Red Oak.

The field day will review several ways that farmers and landowners can reduce nitrates entering Iowa’s rivers and streams. It will begin with a complimentary supper with the Montgomery County Cattlemen at the grill. Speaking at the field day is Shenandoah farmer Chris Teachout, who will talk about adding cover crops to a corn-soybean rotation and offer tips to make the addition of this green cover go smoothly. Ann Staudt, with Iowa Learning Farms, will review the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the recommended practices to use that will help achieve the NRS goals. Walnut Creek Watershed Project coordinator Dan Case will provide updates on the project.

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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