Upcoming Events

Iowa Invasive Species Conference

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:15pm

The Iowa Invasive Species Conference (IISC) will be held March 28–29, 2017, at the Honey Creek Resort at Lake Rathbun in Moravia. This is the first invasive species conference held in Iowa since 2000.

The goal of IISC is to strengthen the management of invasive species, especially prevention, control, and containment. A statewide conference will bring information and resources to invasive species professionals in a social, educational, professional networking format that is otherwise non-existent in the state of Iowa. 

Shivvers Memorial Lecture: The Leopold Center at 30 and beyond

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Three former Iowa legislators involved in the passage of the landmark Iowa Groundwater Protection Act of 1987, which created the Leopold Center, will discuss their original vision for the center, its accomplishments and challenges, and the role it can play in Iowa agriculture in the 21st century. Participants include David Osterberg, Ralph Rosenberg, and Paul Johnson. Leopold Center Director Mark Rasmussen will moderate the panel.

Conservation Reserve Program workshop for women

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:00am

Tuesday, April 11, Extension and Outreach Center, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa

Women who own or manage farmland in Mahaska and surrounding counties are invited to participate. Registration, coffee, and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting begging at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided. A field tour in the afternoon will highlight area CRP practices, with the meeting ending by 3 p.m.

RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 to Wendi at (641) 673-3476, wendi.denham@ia.usda.gov.

Successful Cover Crop Use in Beef Production Field Days

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:30am

Producers interested in learning more about cover crops and how to successfully incorporate their use in both stocker cattle and cow-calf operations are invited to two field day events in northwest Iowa on Tuesday, April 11. Erika Lundy, extension beef program specialist with Iowa Beef Center said the events will be held on the same day in two different locations. There’s no cost to attend either field day.

High Tunnel Workshop

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:30am

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop.

High Tunnel Workshop

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop.

Ames Reads Leopold

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Join guest readers as we review the writings of Aldo Leopold, widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. His most famous work, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, is still popular with naturalists and writers alike. Readers will share essays from this book, from other books he has written, and from other like-minded writers. 

High Tunnel Workshop

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 8:30am

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop.