Environment

Local Highlights

January 8, 2015

The Emerald Ash Borer meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 3 in Ossian has been cancelled due to the winter weather advisory.  This event will be rescheduled at a later time and place.

The Emerald Ash Borer, a small wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has now been confirmed in 14 counties.  Join this informational meeting to cover many topics related to the Emerald Ash Borer in our area.

February 13, 2015

Are you interested in saving money, contributing to the vibrancy of your community and reducing carbon emissions? Are you interested in installing SOLAR or renewable energy? Then it's time to think about a Farm Energy Plan.

January 23, 2015

The 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

November 7, 2012

Aflatoxin can still be a concern for the dairy producer as we move into post-harvest and stroage of grain.

Staff with the Mobile Experience.
September 19, 2012

Howard County Extension helped with educating 4th graders and 10th graders during the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest at the America's Farmer Mobile Experience.

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

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