Environment

Local Highlights

Photo off Gary's flier
March 6, 2017

Gary Whittenbaugh is conducting these classes: Gardening With Conifers will be on March 21st, Tuesday at 5:30 to 7 pm. Gardening out of your Comfort Zone will be Saturday, April 15th at 10 am to 11:30 am. Rock Gardens & Their Plants will be Saturday, May 27th at 10 am to 11:30 am. Each event will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 2606 West Burlington Ave. in Fairfield. We are located on the fair grounds on Highway 34. Call 641-472-4166 for more info.

graphic for tree pruning
February 27, 2017

Have you ever  wondered how to properly prune and train you fruit trees?  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Horticulturist, Patrick O’Malley, will  hold an indoor presentation on Monday, March 20th from 4 PM to 5:30 PM at the Jefferson County Extension office meeting room.  Then on Tuesday, March 21st  Patrick will hold a fruit tree pruning demonstration at the public orchard ( just off the bike path east of Chautauqua Park)  from 4 PM to 5:30 PM . This event is free!  To register call the Jefferson County Extension office at 641-472-4166 or email cmatson@iastate.edu .  This event is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Green Iowa AmeriCorps.    Don’t miss this exciting workshop!  

Beekeeping header
February 27, 2017

FREE Basic bee keeping classes will begin on Thursday, March 9 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Jefferson Office. This series will continue on March 16, 23 and 30th.  Snacks will be served.  Please register at the Jefferson County Extension office by calling 641-472-4166 or emailing cmatson@iastate.edu  Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!   

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • 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.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • 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.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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