Environment

Local Highlights

February 8, 2021

Conservation workshops are available for secondary students, courtesy of Water Rocks! and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 3, 2021

A Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators will be held at the Pocahontas County Extension and Oureach office  on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  Due to social distancing requirements, preregistration is required. 

January 25, 2021

An Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at noon will feature preliminary results from a survey about rural Iowa’s drinking water quality.

January 18, 2021

Watershed research will be shared during an online series from the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The online events begin Jan. 27.

January 15, 2021

Learn how bioreactors are being used to help improve water quality during a Jan. 20 webinar with Iowa Learning Farms.


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.

  • 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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