Local Highlights

January 23, 2014

January is an unlikely time to give much thought to bees, but they'll be back in a few short months and honey bee numbers are declining.  ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery tells us how we can reduce our use of pesticides this growing season and help protect our pollinators. 

linn county master gardener garden classes ely hiawatha library
January 23, 2014

Free Garden Classes, on a variety of topics, will be held during February by the Linn County Master Gardeners at 2 of our local libraries. Check out the latest schedule...

December 26, 2013

Would your family like to learn how to be more ‘green’ for the new year? Do you want your children to be involved in making decisions that honor the earth, your financial resources and keep you healthy at the same time?  ISU Extension & Outreach Family Life Specialist, Kristi Cooper, has a great way that your family can do all of these things!

winter gardening garden fair cedar rapids kirkwood 2014
November 13, 2013

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The Winter Gardening Fair offers something for every gardener, with a wide variety of classes and workshops.  Registration opens January 2, 2014. Classes always fill fast, so complete your registration for best class selection!

Rights of Way workshop March 11 Cedar Rapids Kirkwood
November 12, 2013

If you have an opportunity to create, maintain, or protect any landscape, you will want to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for March 11, 2014.  Join us at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids for a day long workshop as well as an evening talk by a renowned entomology researcher and educator.

Extension supports healthy environments. We help enhance the value of Iowa’s agricultural industry and protect the state’s natural resources.

Extension publications on
Environmental Issues 


Pest Management & the Environment Web site


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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