Environment

Local Highlights

April 27, 2017

Spring is a time for renewal and growth, and it’s also an excellent time for new beginnings. Planting a new tree (or trees) is a great way to create a legacy that can last for generations on a landscape. However, planting trees requires specific care and steps to ensure a successful outcome.

April 26, 2017

Course allows a learning opportunity for those who can't attend face-to-face training

Tree Crack
April 26, 2017

Cracks on tree trunks are caused by many factors such as wind, harsh winter conditions and mechanical injuries.

March 21, 2017

As you have seen on the news, there has been devastating wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas causing major destruction to cattle ranching in those areas.  Oklahoma and Kansas estimate 780,000 acres and in Texas 318,000 acres burned.

January 24, 2017

Confinement Site Manure Applicators Worhshop in Howard County on January 23, 2017

Howard County borders the State of Minnesota.  Check out the Minnesota Department of Ag Website for questions regarding manure and pesticide certifications.

Howard Co. Soil and Water Conservation District (NRCS)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship

Trees Forever

Iowa Pesticide Bureau

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 many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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