Environment

Local Highlights

August 10, 2022

On Wednesday, August 31 there will be an agritourism bus tour with stops at 4 operations in central Iowa; Brewer Family Farms, Wills Family Orchard, Upstream Gardens & Orchard and Iowa Flower Farm. Could you share this opportunity with farmers, acreage owners and Extension personnel in your county who may be interested? The tour bus will leave Ames at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Ames at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to one bus, so participants should register as soon as possible by visiting https://www.visitiowafarms.org/register.

October 5, 2020

New video series provides information on in-field methods for assessing health.  

Soil Health Assessment Video

A Quick Reference to Butler County ResidentsBe sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information. 

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)

Iowa Dept. of Ag & Land Stewardship (IDALS) - your source for pesticide information, soil conservation, water quality regulations

ISU Wildlife - find staff to contact with your wildlife questions

ISU Entomology - What's bugging you?  Look on this page under"Iowa Insect Information"

Trees Forever

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

Statewide Resources

  • The extension fisheries program offers many educational opportunities and prepares fishery educational materials and programs to meet the needs of clients.

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

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

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

  • 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.

  • Forestry information and resources including an interactive tree identification tool, forest health and sick tree resources and emerald ash borer management recommendations.

  • Water quality program resources including edge of field and in-field practices.

  • Building a culture of conservation by calling attention to the importance of water and soil quality through farming practices.

  • 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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