Environment

Local Highlights

April 7, 2016
Optimizing planting practices can improve grain yields and profits
March 29, 2016

Farm Poll participants were asked about how their use of various types of tillage, nutrient management, pest management and other conservation and agronomic practices may have changed over the last 10 years. 

March 8, 2016

Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll shows farmers taking steps to improve soil health

March 4, 2016

Soybean yields unchanged by cover crops terminated the day before planting

February 23, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach research working to preserve state’s natural resources

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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