Environment

Local Highlights

September 12, 2019

HabiTally, a new mobile app designed to improve data collection about pollinator habitats, was launched on August 7, 2019. 

Get the free app in the App Store here. 

July 22, 2019

Co-Sponsored by Story County Conservation and Story County Extension and Outreach. 

This course will provide hands-on interaction with Iowa’s rich natural resources.

Registration Form Here

March 22, 2019

Graduation was held on Monday, March 18, 2019 for individuals who met the Master Gardener class requirements offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Story County Master Gardener Association along with Story County Extension and Outreach hosted the evening program and dinner at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

woman who's stressed out
January 16, 2019

Dealing with stress can take a toll on anyone, but especially farm families that depend on the success of the family farm to provide for their livelihood. Iowa State University has provided a series of articles on the topic. An extended version can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/dairyteam/familyfarm-stress

 

December 19, 2018

Food gardening is a great way to keep some green in your pocket while also putting some greens on your table. While there are endless benefits to growing your own produce, we want to share with you the bottom line – the benefits.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • 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.

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

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

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

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

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

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

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

  • 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.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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