Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Protecting Iowa’s natural resources is essential to a sustainable agriculture based economy and for quality of life for all Iowans. Education, demonstration, and information programming address management decisions effecting farmed and natural landscapes as they relate to soil and water quality, conservation practices, tree management, recreational activities, energy efficiency, certification programs, and connecting youth and families with nature.
Improved understanding of, and stronger local leadership and visioning to address, local water, conservation and climate concerns.
K-12 teachers prepare and deliver instruction and projects in "state of the science" impacts of climate on living things to K-12 students
Farmland Drainage Education in Iowa
Participants design better drainage systems with a better understanding of water quality and farmland productivity constraints.
Crop and pork producers will become aware of cost-effective methods to reduce energy costs on their farm.
Participants understand their role in building a Culture of Conservation. Focuses specifically on watershed education and soil/water quality awareness, and soil conservation and water quality-enhancing practices.
Participants will meet state requirements to haul and apply manure and gain valuable manure management knowledge.
Participants will increase knowledge regarding energy, water quality, prairies, wetlands, wildlife diversity, geology and soils, and other related topics. Participants volunteer at least 32 hours on conservation projects within a year to qualify as a Master Conservationist.
Participants learn strategies and skills to strengthen children's understanding of nature and science.
Small and medium sized beef feedlot and dairy operators will adopt cost-effective practices that reduce the risk of water quality violations.
Participants will learn approaches to soil and water conservation that can be implemented into their or their client's farming operations that will improve soil and water quality and long-term profitability.
Homeowners and landowners will be better able to manage woodlands, trees, and windbreaks.