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Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District is selling hardy Bare Root Tree Seedlings, Native Prairie Plants and Deer/Rabbit Repellant. more
Crops such as cereal rye, oats and winter wheat are planted to protect the ground from wind and water erosion while supplying living roots to the soil during fall and spring, before the next crop is planted. more
Iowa Learning Farms and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service will host a cover crop and soil health field day on Wednesday, March 18 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Campbell Farm near Ground Mound. more
As I reflect over the past year, 2019 presented Iowans with many challenges due to weather conditions, yet we continue to build momentum and make progress in our efforts to improve water quality and soil health. My goal as Secretary of Agriculture has been to continue our culture of conservation throughout the state of Iowa. Thanks to great leaders, additional funding and strong partnerships, our state continues to make progress on conservation. more
In one teaspoon of healthy Iowa topsoil there are more organisms than people on the earth. As farmers and ranchers, your goal is to manage your soil to promote crop health and hold that soil in place to make sure each teaspoon of soil and the organisms in it count towards the bottom line. Based on nitrogen and phosphorus values from ISU in 2016, 1 ton of Iowa topsoil is worth $1.38 in N and P. The value of N and P doesn’t include the importance of soil organisms in healthy soil bringing nutrients to the plant particularly during times of stress! more
Wow – a lot can change in a year! more
Will Myers has been recently hired as Bureau Chief for Field Services at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Myers will oversee the Department’s conservation programs and serve as a liaison with public and private partners to promote the adoption of soil health and water quality programs across the state of Iowa. more
State and county cost share funds help put conservation practices on the ground.  more
USDA opened signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. more
The roughly 11-mile stretch of Highway 38 running north and south between Muscatine and Wilton in Muscatine County is one of the area’s most heavily trafficked roads. more
More than 1,000 people attended the Lunch on the Farm event at Cinnamon Ridge dairy north of Donahue in June. more
Custom farming can provide an additional source of income for those with machinery and experience, or alleviate a particular task that farmers do not wish to do on their own. more
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