Environment

Local Highlights

March 13, 2018

Food Summit Explores the Many Ways Volunteers Found Their Spark in Their Community

One-day conference on Tuesday, April 10th sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach-Buena Vista County, the Office of Civic Engagement Buena Vista University, and SALUD! Multicultural Health Coalition of Storm Lake will share information and support.

December 5, 2017

Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the required three-hour training workshop at that time. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but commercial applicators must register by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Greene County office at (515) 386-2138.

November 21, 2017

Greene County Extension will hold its Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th, at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson.  The training is for any private agricultural crop producers in the state of Iowa who apply restricted-use pesticide on property they own or rent.  Click the headline for more information.

August 8, 2017
A listening session to gather input on the future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, IA. Several listening sessions have been scheduled around the state, led by a task force that is gathering input from the public.
 
The Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue, or 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue.
 
The public is invited and urged to attend.
MAC training
December 22, 2016

Commercial manure applicators can attend annual training to meet commercial manure applicator certification requirements on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct Commercial Manure Applicator training from 9 a.m. to noon at 75 locations in Iowa, including Greene County. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee for the workshop. Click on the headline for more information.

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.

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

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