Environment

Local Highlights

June 7, 2018

This year Lee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.  ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lee County.

May 17, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Muscatine and Louisa County, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, is pleased to offer the newly revitalized Iowa Master Conservationist Program in Muscatine and Louisa County this fall. The Iowa Master Conservationist Program gives Iowans hands-on interaction with the diversity of Iowa’s natural resources. The program teaches about wildlife and plant communities, and provides accurate information on a broad range of conservation issues. Ultimately, it provides individuals the resources to make informed, intelligent choices for leading and educating others on a lifestyle of stewardship.
 

April 11, 2018

We’re celebrating service for a strong Iowa. In Lee County, we’re asking our staff, council, volunteers, and 4-H Clubs to participate in a community service project.

April 2, 2018

If you missed the Private Pesticide Applicator Programs in Lee County you can still sign up to take the Last Chance Private Pesticide Applicator course in another county. 

Soil
April 2, 2018

AMES, Iowa — Most soils in Iowa are well suited for vegetables, flowers and turf; a few may have special problems needing correction before planting. Gardeners often have questions whether or not to amend the soil so Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on soil management. For more information, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

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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