Environment

Local Highlights

January 27, 2020


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach from Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Butler and Grundy Counties are hosting a soil fertility workshop on February 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a focus on interpreting soil test results to make more informed fertilizer decisions for both row crops and forage crops. This workshop will be led by Terry Basol and Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU extension field agronomists in the northeast and east-central Iowa. Read more...
To pre-register by Wednesday, February 26 or for additional information contact either the Black Hawk County Extension Office by calling 319-234-6811 or emailing sheilaw@iastate.edu. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. 

December 17, 2019

Black Hawk County - Dike Public Library, February 12, 2020  - 1:30 PM, Questions call 319-234-6811

See sites for other counties here.

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements. “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

August 8, 2019
Private and Commercial Pesticide Testing for Applicators
 IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. 
  May 10, June 14, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13  
  IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension See Brochure
 
 
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PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR RECERTIFICATION IN OTHER COUNTIES...CLICK HERE
 
NOTE PESTICIDE APPLICATORS: NOW SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS! Click HERE
July 20, 2019

Dates:  Thursdays….from 8/15-9/26 from 6-9pm

Price $100, Make Check payable to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, Waterloo Iowa . 50701

Read more...           Open Registration Form

May 31, 2019

Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will feature a variety of topics hot on producers’ minds.

NASHUA, Iowa – Farmers who attend the annual spring field day at Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will get an inside look at popular topics for 2019, including industrial hemp, small grains production and the growing season forecast.

Planned for June 26, the program will begin at 1 p.m. with a talk by Dennis Todey, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub, regarding his insights on this year’s crop weather. READ MORE

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

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.

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