Environment

Local Highlights

Garden
February 10, 2017

$70,000 awarded to 14 counties focused on increasing the amount of fresh produce donated to food pantries

January 31, 2017

The local attendance site is the Story County Extension Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 21 and $45 after Feb. 21 including scheduled reshows. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Katie Williams at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Story County by phoning 515-382-6551.

Brian Zeigler
January 31, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Story County will offer a QuickBooks for Farms and Businesses course to anyone interested in learning how to use QuickBooks for their business on Monday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The program will be presented at the Story County Extension and Outreach Office at 220 H Ave in Nevada.

The February 21 class is full.

Donation recipient
January 17, 2017

The Story County Master Gardener Association (SCMGA) was honored recently to present donations to various central Iowa organizations.  SCMGA promotes interest in horticulture and conservation and preservation of natural resources.  All members have graduated the Master Gardener Program thru Iowa State University Extension service and continue to work closely with them to achieve these goals.

December 6, 2016

Indoor flowering plants highlighted in calendar that also features garden tips

Midwest Composting School, July 24-26, 2012

ISU Dairy Farm and University Compost Facility, Ames, Iowa
The Midwest Composting School trains stakeholders in the science of composting, handling challenging feedstocks, enhancing compost quality, using compost in construction projects, understanding compost sampling and analytical processes, and the environmental regulations.
Visit the Midwest Compost School website to learn more and register.

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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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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