Environment

Local Highlights

December 3, 2014

Farmers interested in expanding their distribution to local markets will benefit from a one-day training in January. 

December 2, 2014

The Madison County Fair Board and Madison County Extension are looking for a creative, energetic self-starter to work as the 2015 Madison County Fair/ISU Extension Summer Intern.

November 17, 2014

This workshop addresses the market development risks and relationships farmers and ranchers must manage as they scale up to market their product to restaurants, grocery stores, food service buyers and schools.

Topics to be covered include:
communications and relationship,building,packaging,labels,supply/delivery,post-harvest,handling for produce,grading,insurance,regulatory,marketing, and food safety overview,

December 12, 2014

Trees and shrubs are not as active in winter, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored through the cold season. Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority. 

December 11, 2014

The weather has grown colder, but that doesn’t mean Iowans should ignore their trees until spring. Quite the opposite, in fact. Winter is the best time to prune oak trees in Iowa.

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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