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NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Meeting to Discuss Proposal to set Prices to Cover Production Costs at State Forest Nursery

NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Meeting to Discuss Proposal to set Prices to Cover Production Costs at State Forest Nursery

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau has proposed a series of price increases to its stock of tree and shrub seedlings to bring it into compliance with Iowa law requiring the state forest nursery to cover all expenses related to growing the plants. The proposal does not change the ability to provide nursery


NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: USDA Conservation Program Reaches 1 million Acres With Help From Iowa Partners and Landowners

A major national conservation program that restores high-priority wildlife habitat has surpassed 1 million acres with the recent enrollment of land in La Moure County, North Dakota. The initiative, known as State Acres for wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), is a part of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally-funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural


Tree Planting Time

By Yvonne McCormick, ISU Extension Horticulturist   When is the best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago, as the old saying goes.  Unfortunately, twenty years ago, you may have planted a tree that is now found on the “hit list” for disease or insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer.  And with the


USDA to Study Small Rodents in Iowa for Avian Influenza

Area poultry farms and egg producers are watching their flocks carefully due to the recent outbreak of avian flu. Rembrandt Industries has had to destroy approximately two million birds in its facility in Renville, Minnesota which is directly west of Minneapolis. Now eyes are on the Thompson facility. A team of wildlife biologists from the U.S.


Garner Farmers Market Dates Announced

Organizers of the Garner Farmers Market have announced the dates when the market will be open.The market will run June 18-October 15 on Thursdays from 3pm-6pm located across from the intersection of Highway 18 and 69 in Garner. Locally grown and produced food and craft items will be available for sale. This event will be

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Money Now Available for Installation of Nutrient Reduction Practices

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that funds are available to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices.  Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. The cost share rate for first-time  users of cover crops is $25 per acre, no-till or strip