Environment

Local Highlights

tree planting replacing health growing pests class cedar rapids
July 8, 2014

Join Iowa DNR and Extension Experts as they discuss trees: the benefits and issues of growing trees, recent pests and ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

garden hands-on workshops lowe park marion
July 8, 2014

The Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting several hands-on workshops at Lowe Park this fall.  From "Food Preservation 101" and "Tomato Tasting" and "Seed Saving" to "Holiday Arrangements" - there is something for everyone! Space is limited, register early to guarantee your spot!

backyard forest stewards training cedar rapids
April 22, 2014

Owners of small backyard forests are invited to a two-day workshop for hands-on experience in managing their trees and forested areas. Space is limited.

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa
April 22, 2014

Johnson County Extension will host two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees,  which is spreading in Iowa.

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. 

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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