Environment

Local Highlights

December 9, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter is Ingrid Gronstal Anderson with the University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project. Anderson will talk about the exploration of biomass fuel sources as part of the University of Iowa’s institutional goal to obtain 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This effort includes a project to plant 2,500 acres of miscanthus grass for use as a fuel in the UI main power plant.

Water Quality Programs page (ISU Agronomy Extension) - Links to several projects  

Iowa DNR Water Quality page - impaired waters list, information on nonpopint source pollution, TMDL information, and water monitoring information

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) - Pesticide Bureau - information for pesticide applicators, apiary list, endangered species list

IOWATER page --volunteer water monitoring

Water quality resources from ISU Department of Ag and BioSystems Engineering

Sustainable Agriculture page (ISU Agronomy Extension) - news, calendar, & links

ISU Department of Natural Resources and Ecology Management - news, research, Extension

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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