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North Scott FFA students joined more than 560 members from across the state at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 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
State and county cost share funds help put conservation practices on the ground.  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
Wow – a lot can change in a year! 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
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
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
Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District is selling hardy Bare Root Tree Seedlings, Native Prairie Plants and Deer/Rabbit Repellant. more
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides producers with financial assistance for practice installation to solve resource concerns on your farm. more
High School seniors intending to further their education, while pursuing programs of study in any field of agriculture, environmental science, or natural resources, have until February 14, 2020 to apply. more
When it comes to conservation, the Singhs practice what they preach. more
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