Environment

Local Highlights

Commercial Ag Pesticide Course
January 28, 2021

Dates set for spring Commercial Pesticide Contintuing Instructin Course.

August 21, 2020

August 20, 2020, 1:49 pm | Tammy Jacobs

Iowans struggling to deal with the stress from the devastation brought to the state Aug. 10 from a damaging, high-wind derecho can call Iowa Concern for help, 24/7, says Tammy Jacobs, coordinator for the long-time service from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 23, 2020

Jacqueline Comito, Hilary Pierce

Iowa Learning Farms will host weekly webinars each Wednesday during this time of social distancing.

January 10, 2020

Private Pesticide Trainings for Jones County are: 

                  January 13th - 9:30 am 

                  January 13th - 1:30 pm 

                  February 27th - 6:00 pm 

You do need to preregister for CIC sessions.  To do so call Jennifer Fischer at 319-465-3224.  

To find out your current certification status, call the IDALS Pesticide Bureau at (515)-281-8591. 

October 24, 2019

Dana Schweitzer

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.


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

Statewide Resources

  • Forestry information and resources including an interactive tree identification tool, forest health and sick tree resources and emerald ash borer management recommendations.

  • The extension fisheries program offers many educational opportunities and prepares fishery educational materials and programs to meet the needs of clients.

  • Water quality program resources including edge of field and in-field practices.

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

  • Building a culture of conservation by calling attention to the importance of water and soil quality through farming practices.

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

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

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

  • 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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