Environment

Local Highlights

October 21, 2014

What is STEM?  How can you provide a high quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experience to your children for low to no cost?  Plymouth County 4-H and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invite you to learn more the Governor’s STEM Scale Up grants on October 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Plymouth County Extension Office.

August 19, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

August 7, 2014

16-week on-line course on "Transitioning to Organic Agriculture"  beginning on Tuesday, August 26, from 6 to 9 PM, and every Tuesday night through December 2. The cost is $50/person for all 16 sessions.

March 15, 2013

Now is the time you might be evaluating your forage crops for winter injury. ISU Extension Forage Specialist Stephen Barnhart explains what you can do this spring with winter injury forages.  

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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