Environment

Local Highlights

June 1, 2020

Beginning June 1, our office staff will return to working from our county office Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Staff will be working but our doors will be locked. Community members can call (712) 335-3103 to set up a time to enter our office as needed with only one community member being inside at that time. Thank you for your continued help as we work differently to ensure the safety of all Iowans.

June 16, 2020

owa Learning Farms is holding its Beauty of Conservation Photo Contest, scheduled to run from June 22 to July 6.

April 22, 2020

Two new coloring books are now available through the Iowa State University Extension Store. The free books offer fun, colorable illustrations, while also telling educational and scientific stories about pollinators and apple orchards.

April 17, 2020

Tune in to the Gardening While Isolated video series, and learn how to start your own pollinator garden with these resources.

April 1, 2020

In addition to dealing with the usual stress of farming, Iowa’s farmers, rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering seven online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning April 14. This suicide prevention program teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.


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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