Environment

Local Highlights

April 9, 2021

New series of publications is a one-stop shop for educational materials about the diversity and breadth of Iowa's natural environment.

March 18, 2021

The Master Conservationist Program is an intensive blended online and in-person curriculum developed to equip Iowans interested in natural resource conservation with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about natural resources and to become local leaders and educators. Master Conservationists are individuals that share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa's natural resources and in becoming better stewards of those resources.

January 26, 2021

The ISU Extension and Outreach field agricultural engineering team has released a new podcast called “Engineering Your Farm.” The team works with farmers and agribusiness professionals to help improve the efficiency, profitability and environmental outcomes on farms and rural homesteads. The next session will feature winter ventilation strategies for dairy and beef cattle facilities, and is scheduled for Feb. 1.

January 14, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the private pesticide applicator Continuing Instruction Course program is offering additional live virtual courses. For these courses you will connect from your home or another place with a good internet connection. Contact a participating county office to preregister. Applicators have until April 15, 2021, to attend a P-CIC program. 

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July 30, 2020

Is your plant or tree not looking good? Are the leaves dropping, wilted, or have holes in them?  Do you have an insect and want to know what kind it is to control it? We have a form that you can fill out and send to Iowa State University to get help. Visit the website for more information:  https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/pidc

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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