The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship recently announced new funding for the next phases of two innovative water quality projects in central and southwest Iowa.

The southwest Iowa project in Page and Taylor Counties utilizes precision ag tools to identify opportunities for conservation land management practices on farmed areas considered to be marginal. The next 3-year phase, with a grant award of $479,550, works with cattle producers on an individual basis to evaluate their operations and goals on a sub-field level and to identify the best opportunities to target conservation practices. This project demonstrates the compatibility between cattle and conservation and the opportunities to advance conservation-based cropping systems. Learn More Here

The central Iowa project is focused on scaling up and accelerating the deployment of proven conservation practices. During the next three-year phase of this project, an emphasis will be placed on advancing implementation of edge of field (EOF) practices through the “batch and build” model. The project, funded at $312,819, will use relationships built with local co-ops and farm organizations to expand outreach to their clients and members to get more practices installed. Since the project’s inception in 2016, approximately 1,200 acres of cover crops, 44 saturated buffers, 13 bioreactors, and two water quality wetlands have been funded. Learn More Here