Environment

Local Highlights

February 16, 2015

Chestnuts are no longer just a Christmas nut. The demand for chestnuts is rapidly increasing, creating a market opportunity for those interested in growing chestnuts in the tri-state area. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a Chestnut Field Day for new and experienced chestnut growers on March 14th in West Point, Iowa.

February 11, 2015

The Keokuk Public Library will be hosting a screening of “Terra Firma,” a documentary film about female farmer veterans on Monday, March 30th at 6:00 pm in the Round Room. The event is sponsored by AAUW, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County, and the Keokuk Public Library Foundation.

February 5, 2015

Read our 2014 Stakeholder Report to learn some important ways ISU Extension and Outreach served Lee County residents last year.

January 15, 2015

Lee County will offer four Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) this Spring for Commercial Pesticide Applicators. These programs will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). 

January 9, 2015

Four officers were elected during the Lee County Extension Council organizational meeting Jan. 7. The nine-member council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law. Five newly elected members of the Lee County Extension Council were presented with Certificates of Election during the meeting. They were elected in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election and began their four-year terms in January.

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

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