Environment

Local Highlights

November 24, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County will offer the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Continuing Instruction Course for currently certified Private Pesticide Applicators this winter.  Due to social distancing requirements pre-registration is REQUIRED.  More info here. 

February 9, 2021

Many pastures in Iowa were stressed in 2020, either from dry conditions, storm damage, or over grazing. Pasture grasses require rest, nutrition, and proper management to reach optimum production. Several meetings will be held in northeast Iowa to focus on pasture recovery in 2021. Delaware County will host a local Pasture Recovery Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd in Edgewood.  

February 4, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Mental Health First Aid trainingsthroughout spring 2021 and beyond.

February 1, 2021

The local attendance site is 1417 North Franklin Street, Manchester. Due to social distancing requirements preregistration is required. Walk-ins on the day of the program will only be admitted if room allows.  The course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County office at 563-927-4201.

January 15, 2021

Favorable interest rates, a strong demand for land and substantial government payments helped stabilize Iowa’s farmland market in a year in which Iowa’s farmers faced the destructive onslaught of a derecho, significant uncertainties in U.S. agricultural trade and a pandemic that significantly altered market demand. 

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.

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

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • 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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