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May 2, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announce their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.

June 7, 2021

Frost injury occurred Saturday May 29 across much of the area. Radiational frost occurs when leaf temperatures actually reach lower temperatures than nearby recorded air temperatures.

Frost has occurred
- along field edges - especially corn fields
- low areas
- no -till soybean fields - where crop residue insulated soybean plants from soil warmth

For further information, click here

February 3, 2021

The Iowa State University 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 podcast will feature information and interviews with ISU Extension and Outreach field ag engineers and others with expertise in engineering and environmental issues in agriculture

April 8, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. However, Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

October 30, 2019

Farmers and landowners who want to increase pollinator habitat while also improving water quality should consider the benefits of saturated riparian buffers enhanced with native wildflowers. Establishing pollinator habitat within riparian zones, where the agricultural value is lower and where the conservation and wildlife benefits are likely high, can be a win-win.
 

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

Statewide Resources

  • A multi-tiered effort to study and analyze the impact of agricultural management practices on surface and subsurface drainage, from both a water quality and quantity perspective.

  • Your source for integrated crop management resources curated by extension agronomists, entomologist and plant pathologists.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • 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.

  • The Iowa Grain Quality Initiative (IGQI) is a cutting edge grain quality research and information program. The interdisciplinary project performs the "rapid response function" at ISU for the grain industry. 

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

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

  • Agricultural economics and business resources for farm business decision makers.

  • 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.

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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