Agriculture & Environment









Polk County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs aim to help all Iowans, from the home hobbyist to the ag professional, make informed decisions through research-based education. Our signature programs include the Polk County Master Gardener volunteer program and the Master Conservationist Program. Other focus areas including farm management education, and technical expertise for crops, livestock and pests. Our work supports clean water and healthy habitats, profitable farms, and a more secure food system.

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Farmland Management Resources

View the latest resources to help you make business decisions for your farm on the Ag Decision Maker Website.

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Wed, 04/10/2024 - 14:17
Impact of the Loss of USDA NASS County Level Reports
County level reports are often used in farm level decisions, for example, many flexible lease agreements utilize the USDA…

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 10:30
Internal and external uses compete for hay and grazing land
Cow-calf producers need forages. Corn stalks can supplement forage supplies. Still, pasture and hay are the key forage…

Fri, 04/05/2024 - 11:30
Shifts in global competition
Over the past several months, the corn and soybean markets have been fixated on the potential production coming from South…

Thu, 04/04/2024 - 08:30
Profitability of winter cereal rye in integrated crop-livestock systems
Despite the numerous environmental benefits associated with cover crop use, such as reducing erosion, improving infiltration,…

Using a variety of educational deliveries including newsletters, websites, workshops, conferences, consultation, and clinics, our Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) specialists are engaged with farmers, researchers, organizations, agencies, agribusiness, and communities.

ANR Extension and Outreach plays an important role in providing research-based information and resources to educate Iowa and beyond. Our programs impact all Iowans, whether they live in a rural or urban area, and have been developed to improve our quality of life. Our areas of focus include: agricultural systems and environmental stewardship; crops; dairy production; farm, food and enterprise development; farm management; food safety; horticulture; beef production; swine production; and natural resources stewardship.