2007-2011 ISU Extension Plan of Work -- 160 Natural Resources and Stewardship

Statement of Issues:

Constraints of farm production systems and communities are prerequisite for sound environmental stewardship. Inappropriate management can lead to potential environmental degradation. To maintain economic viability of agricultural operations there will be an increased need to ensure environmental stewardship. Environmental consequences are especially pertinent to nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, and sulfur, with respect to land, water, and air. Soil erosion continues to be the number one pollutant in the state of Iowa. Pollutant loadings, in general, are a primary concern at state and federal levels.

Uncertainties of health impacts and nuisance related to exposure to agricultural odors and emission of other gases are a prominent concern in rural parts of Iowa. Odor along with nitrogen (NH3, NOx, N2O), methane, and hydrogen sulfide are most pertinent to air resources. Wildlife conservation, energy utilization, and community water issues are part of our natural resources that merit protection.  Development of strategies to address utilization and preservation of these natural resources and education on the issues surrounding adverse consequences will help Iowans better understand and practice environmental stewardship.

Performance Goals:

Output Indicators (Activities):

Outcome Indicators (Impact):

161 – Adoption and implementation of conservation practices:  Number of producers that participate in programming directly focused on increasing the adoption and implementation of conservation practices.

162 – Nitrate reduction from subsurface drainage:  Number of producers that participate in programming directly focused on adoption of practices that reduce nitrate export from subsurface drainage.

163 – Water quality:  Number of landowners participating in programs to increase their understanding of water quality issues and related adverse consequences following poor stewardship practices.

164 – Utilization of nutrient management indices and tools:  Number of producers that participate in programming directly focused on utilization of indices and diagnostic tools along with other performance measures to document progress toward improved nutrient management.

165 – Air quality: Number of producers that participate in programming directly focused on increasing the number of livestock production sites that adopt practices that reduce impacts to air resources.

166 – Woodland, wildlife, and community resource conservation:  Number of Iowans that participate in programming directly focused on the adoption of practices that protect natural resources including woodlands, wildlife, energy, and community resources.

167 – Energy conservation: Number of Iowans that participate in programming directly focused on increasing the adoption of energy conservation practices.

Target Audiences:

Crop and livestock producers
Private citizens
Public health officials
State agencies
Conservation planners
Landowners
Homeowners

Team Point of Contact:

Matt Helmers, Assistant Professor

 

 

 

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