Environment

Local Highlights

Picture of dairy goats
October 31, 2019

Fine Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management will be held on December 14 in Elkader, Iowa.

October 30, 2019

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.

October 16, 2019

Extension dairy specialists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota will be hosting a California Dairy Tour and World Ag Expo Trip on February 9-13, 2020.

Speakers Plastino, Hart and Schultz
October 11, 2019

Northeast Iowa- Agricultural lenders and suppliers, producers and policymakers grow nervous when commodity prices, input costs, farmland values and lease rates become volatile  and add in weather variables and and there is plenty of excitement to manage for the 2020 farming year.”

August 13, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach in Howard County is looking for a full-time County Youth Coordinator (CYC) with demonstrated initiative, drive and unique ideas.

Howard County borders the State of Minnesota.  Check out the Minnesota Department of Ag Website for questions regarding manure and pesticide certifications.

Howard Co. Soil and Water Conservation District (NRCS)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship

Trees Forever

Iowa Pesticide Bureau

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.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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