Environment

Local Highlights

Water Rocks logo
July 10, 2018

There is still time to register yet this week for the Water Rocks day camp hosted by Story County ISU Extension & Outreach, Water Rocks, and Story County Conservation.  It is planned for a July 27 from 9-3:30 pm at McFarland Park near Ames.  This is for students having completed 5th & 6th grade.  Click to learn more!

Buzzing for Bees! Header
May 10, 2018

Youth 5th grade and up and their families are invited to join us at Reiman Gardens June 5 from 6:30-8:30pm to learn about bees, the impact pollinators have on our environment and the production of honey. Learn more!

Water Rocks! Rain Barrel
March 12, 2018

Thirteen youth participated in the Water Rocks! day camp program March 8.  The program was held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Par near Ames.

Vegetative Stage Corn, growing in Soil with measuring tape
March 2, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Field Crop Scout School Saturday, March 24, at the Field Extension Education Lab near Boone.

Stressed Man
February 21, 2018

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.

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.

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

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