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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Tue, 11/22/2022 - 13:52
Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance
The PRF (Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance) policy is an area-based insurance plan that covers perennial pasture,…

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 09:36
Margin Protection Crop Insurance FAQ
Contributed by Steve Johnson, Retired Extension Farm Management Field Specialist, Question: What is Margin…

Tue, 08/02/2022 - 13:00
Client Corner: Where can I find average prices for corn and soybeans?
Contributed by Ann Johanns,, extension program specialist Where would I find average (monthly or yearly)…

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 08:42
Pasture Rental Concerns?
Ag Decision Maker offers resources to assist landowners and producers with determining fair pasture rent arrangements…

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.