Environment

Local Highlights

February 2, 2017

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry announced last week that the first hearing in the country on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization will be Feb. 23 on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS. The time has not yet been announced. 

November 3, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project, a program focused on empowering women in agriculture, to be held in Sibley during Feb. and March 2017. Annie’s Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. It will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital Education Room in Sibley beginning Thursday, Feb. 23 and continuing every Thursday through March 30. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

February 2, 2012

Clippings is a weekly newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach featuring research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists serving Northwest Iowa. 

February 13, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Dordt College. The workshop is free, open to the public, and include a complimentary lunch.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

Statewide Resources

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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