Environment

Local Highlights

June 14, 2018

Farmers and the public are invited to attend Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Annual Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day on Wednesday, July 11 at the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Check-in and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will present timely research and crop production information throughout the morning. 

May 31, 2018

If you have Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) trees in your landscape you may have noticed seedlings growing in areas you did not plant them.  Eastern red cedar is native to much of the U.S. and offers protection and food for wildlife.  The main reason red cedar trees spread into pastures and other landscapes is when birds or wildlife eat the berries.  If these wild seedlings are not controlled they can grow and take over open areas and pastures changing the intended use of the property. Red cedars can be managed to protect pastures while still leaving stands for wildlife.  In an effort to update farmers, landowners and natural resource professionals on management and possible markets of red cedar, a workshop and tour has been planned for June 26, 2018 near Peterson, Iowa.

May 29, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a free Garden Composting Workshop on Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sioux Center Public Library. Composting is a great thing for your garden and the environment. It enhances soil quality and helps keep yard and garden waste out of landfills.

May 21, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host three free crop scouting basics workshops at the ISU Northwest Iowa Research Farm on June 7, 21 and July 19. Crop Scouting Basics is a three-session workshop series designed to provide opportunities to learn more about crop development and potential problems. Each session will have a different focus.

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.


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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