Environment

Local Highlights

Weed in corn field
July 6, 2020
Iowa Learning Farms is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp in July. Billed as an event where ag retailers can learn to build a business case for cover crops, the program consists of three online sessions taking place July 8, 15, and 22, all at noon CDT.
row crops
June 22, 2020

Replacing the traditional face-to-face ISU Research Farm Field Day in June, ISU Extension and Outreach is offering three 30-minute webinars.  Each webinar will start at 8:00 am with a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions.  

Large green tractor applying nutrient to corn in the field.
April 20, 2020

Labor contingency plans for farm and rural employees could be critical.  
ISU Extension and Outreach offers five steps to help farm and food workers maintain a healthy labor force. 

Green HIgh Sprayer with arms out in a field
April 13, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is working with the Governor's office to address pesticide applicator issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We are working.  Just a little differently.
April 10, 2020

Our county staff, faculty, and extension specialists are continually striving to meet the needs of our communities. We know this is a time of great need and we are ready to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are all in this together, committed to building a #STRONGIOWA.

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

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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