Environment

Local Highlights

August 15, 2014

Women who own or manage farmland in Lee and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health on Friday, August 29 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Building, 414 North Main Street, Donnellson, IA. The program, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is called Women Caring for the Land.

August 6, 2014

Alliant Energy's Operation ReLeaf program is back to give residential utility customers the opportunity to purchase landscape trees at a heavy discount. This is an opportunity to conserve energy by creating shade for your home or a wind break. Lee County Extension is participating this year, get all of the information here!

August 4, 2014

If you have an interest in gardening and would like to share that passion through volunteer opportunities in your community, consider applying to be a member of the 2014 Lee County Master Gardener Class!

July 30, 2014

Darbee Wellman, Agriculturalist for ISU Extension and Outreach in Henry and Lee counties has been named the 2014 National Winner of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Communication Award in the Audio Recording category. She was the only national communications winner selected from the state of Iowa for 2014.

June 5, 2014

Southeast Iowans should enjoy their front-row seats as countless periodical cicadas emerge from the ground to blanket wooded areas, an event that occurs once every 17 years. Read more about this phenomenon!

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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