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A lot of Soil and Water Conservation Districts are celebrating their 75th anniversaries around the state. more
Iowa farmers received $46.4 million in USDA assistance to implement conservation practices on their land in the past year through Farm Bill programs administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is a 20-percent, or $10 million, increase from the previous year. more
Jacob Hunter has been named the 2018 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. more
Elyssa McFarland’s spade split corn stubble and dirt to reveal a delicate tangle of white rye cover crop roots doing their best to pull nitrates from Dave Oberbroeckling’s Davenport cornfield. more
Farms are often passed down from generation to generation. Just like in royal families, acres and acres of fertile soil, barns and buildings, and longtime homes become both the blessing and the responsibility of the offspring of those who went before. more
After having fallen in each of the three previous years, the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa saw an increase in 2017. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,326. This represents an increase of 2.0 percent, or $143 per acre, from the 2016 estimate. more
Iowa has a new Secretary of Agriculture, and one of his first public appearances in eastern Iowa will be at the fourth annual Ag Summit hosted by Donahue dairy farmer John Maxwell. more
The Scott County Pork Producers held their Pork Youth Ambassador Contest on Sunday, April 15, and chose Evan Keppy as their 2018 Scott County Pork Youth Ambassador. more
Deere tractor collectors return to Davenport March 22-24 for the Gathering of the Green’s 2018 event. This year’s theme is “Legend, Made Legacy.” more
The Iowa Plowing Association will hold its annual state Plowing Matches on Saturday, July 28 at 1213 Underwood Ave., Conrad, Iowa. The site is at the corner of Highway 96 and Underwood Ave., just east of Highway 14 between Conrad and Marshalltown. more
North Scott FFA member Collin Costello is among four finalists nationwide for dairy production, the first North Scott student ever to advance that far. more
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has released two new, easy-to-use tools for Iowa landowners interested in exploring methods for permanently protecting their land. more
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