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New conservation field days announced for week of June 21

6/18/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of June 21.

Look before you leap into carbon credit programs | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 76

6/14/2021

In this episode, you'll hear some basics about private-sector sustainability markets for farmers.

New conservation field days announced for week of June 14

6/11/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of June 14.

A conservation legacy

6/7/2021

Iowa farmer continues his grandpa's dedication to conservation

New conservation field days announced for week of June 7

6/4/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of June 7

New conservation field days announced for week of May 31

5/28/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of May 31.

A “blitz” of new water quality protection practices is coming to Iowa | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 75

5/28/2021

This episode features two key players in a new, collaborative water quality "blitz" project that's adding 51 saturated buffers and bioreactors to the central Iowa landscape over the next year: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Hardin County farmer (and Farm Bureau leader) Jacob Handsaker, who also runs the excavating company that's constructing these conservation practices.

New conservation field days announced for week of May 24

5/21/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of May 24.

New conservation field days announced for week of May 17th

5/14/2021

Conservation field days have been announced for the week of May 17th.

Upcoming webinar, video series will explore the benefits of wetlands

5/10/2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will kick off their year-long “Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa’s Wetlands” video series with an educational webinar on May 25 (7 - 8 p.m.).

Farmers encouraged to apply for cost share for in-field conservation practices

5/10/2021

Farmers and landowners can sign up now for cost-share funds from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to adopt soil health and water quality practices.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of May 10th

5/7/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

A water quality blitz

5/3/2021

A collaboration will add 51 water quality conservation structures in Polk and Dallas counties.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of May 3rd

4/30/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Omitting facts on water quality misleads Iowans on progress

4/30/2021

Every year like clockwork, as sure as spring rains come, so does a flood of innuendo about Iowa’s water quality, misleading Iowans.

Farmers make environmental strides beyond Earth Day

4/22/2021

For farmers, thinking about the environment isn’t a one-day movement; it’s an everyday part of the gig.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of April 26th

4/21/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

How farmers are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with each meal served

4/21/2021

How do we feed more people while minimizing our greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental footprint? Fortunately, America’s farmers have a pretty remarkable, well-documented history of doing that.

Iowa E15 sales surge makes sense

4/19/2021

Americans can now fill up with E15 year-round, and last year Iowa drivers took advantage of that new freedom to buy the 15% fuel blend that burns cleaner, packs more octane and is more affordable at the pump.

The costs of participation

4/19/2021

There’s excitement about potential earning from sustainability markets, but there are also costs for farmers.

You’re standing on the key to higher yields | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 71

4/19/2021

In this episode, Elyssa McFarland of the Soil Health Partnership offers tips for improving your soil’s health – to benefit the environment and your farm’s bottom line. And Barb Ristau of the Iowa Farmers Market Association shares the unique value that Iowa’s farmers markets contribute to their local communities.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of April 19th

4/16/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced for week of April 12th

4/9/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Good news about conservation progress

4/6/2021

Iowa farmers are making steady progress in planting more cover crops, reducing tillage, testing soil and adopting other practices that improve water quality and reduce soil loss.

Iowa Dish Video: Farmers in Action

4/6/2021

Learn how Iowa farmers are working together and adopting innovative farming practices to achieve Iowa’s water quality goals.

Conservation progress

4/5/2021

Iowa farmers make strides toward improving water quality

New findings on agriculture’s water quality protection and greenhouse gas emissions progress | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 70

4/5/2021

In this episode, Shawn Richmond of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC) reports the latest data on Iowa farmers’ efforts to conserve soil and protect water quality. And American Farm Bureau economists Dr. John Newton and Shelby Myers share how farmers are reducing greenhouse gas emissions (as well as the potential economic incentives).

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of April 5th

4/2/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

A conservation legacy

3/29/2021

On the Long-Crow family farm in Marshall County, it's all about adopting conservation practices to leave the land better for the next generation.

Conservation and water quality momentum

3/29/2021

Data from the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC) shows significant gains in cover crop acreage and other conservation practices.

Stabilizing the hillsides

3/29/2021

With the assistance from a local water quality initiative, Tim Bennett of Taylor County raises hay to keep the soil on his hilly southwest Iowa fields.

Cover crops offer a range of benefits

3/29/2021

The Fynaardts of Poweshiek County see many advantages of growing cover crops and planting corn and soybeans into growing rye.

Working to improve the land

3/29/2021

By planting cover crops and adopting other conservation practices, David Scott of Muscatine County is building on his family’s legacy of conservation.

Nominations open for Conservation Farmer of the Year

3/29/2021

Nominations are open for the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award.

Sharing the lessons of the soil

3/29/2021

The Ehlers family of Marathon in Buena Vista County has embraced a conservation ethic and works to share the lessons they’ve learned.

Building a conservation-based business

3/29/2021

Greene County Farm Bureau members James Holz and Bill Frederick started Iowa Cover Crop to provide a full-service solution to cover crop needs.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of March 29th

3/26/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field day announced for week of March 22nd

3/17/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Nominations open for 2021 Iowa  Farm Environmental Leader Awards

3/15/2021

Nominations are open for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of March 15th

3/12/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced for week of March 8th

3/5/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of March 1st

2/26/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Nominations now open to recognize the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

2/16/2021

Nominations are now being sought to recognize the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 69th year this prestigious honor has been awarded to celebrate Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.

2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

2/15/2021

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year award.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of February 14th

2/10/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New Conservation virtual field days announced for week of February 15th

2/5/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of February 1st

1/21/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Emission drop shows ag’s progress

1/18/2021

It’s no surprise that a new estimate found U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions plummeted in 2020

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of January 18th

1/14/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Conservation collaboration

1/11/2021

IDALS grants designed to add capacity and build scale in practices to improve water quality.

Building wetlands to attract wildlife

1/7/2021

More Iowa farmers are targeting acres for conservation

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of January 11

1/7/2021

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Promoting conservation

1/4/2021

Heartland Co-op hires two conservation agronomists to assist farmers adopting conservation practices to build soil health, reduce erosion and improve water quality.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of January 4th

12/22/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Showing progress on water quality

12/14/2020

A recent Iowa DNR report provides additional evidence of progress in farmers’ continuing efforts to improve our state’s water quality.

New conservation field days announced for week of December 7th

12/3/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of December 1st

12/1/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Farm environmental leaders honored by state

11/30/2020

Annual awards were given out late this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair.

Practical Farmers of  Iowa offers cover crop boot camp on Dec. 3-4

11/30/2020

Registration is open for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s second annual cover crop boot camp.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of November 23rd

11/19/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field day announced for week of November 16th

11/16/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of November 9th

11/5/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of November 1st

10/29/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

No BS: The truth about how farmers are improving sustainability

10/28/2020

Unfortunately, there are a lot of cow patties to step around when it comes to misinformation about agriculture and how our food is grown and raised.

Iowa program encourages cover crops

10/26/2020

The program offers farmers a $5 discount on crop insurance premiums for planting cover crops.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of October 26th

10/22/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Conservation gains shine from afar

10/19/2020

Managing the federal government’s conservation programs has made Iowa’s progress and water quality efforts through the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) look even better to Bill Northey.

New conservation virtual field day announced for week of October 19th

10/15/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced for week of October 12th

10/8/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field day announced for week of October 5th

10/1/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field day announced for week of September 21st

9/22/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of September 14th

9/10/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Conservation in action

9/8/2020

Meet Iowa's 2020 Conservation farmer of the year

Water quality progress

9/8/2020

U.S. agriculture secretary praises water quality efforts by Iowa farmers.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of September 7th

9/3/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of August 31st

8/30/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for the week of August 24th

8/21/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of August 17th

8/14/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field day announced for week of August 10th

8/10/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Conservation that (literally) pays off |The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 48

8/10/2020

In this episode, we discuss how Iowa's conservation efforts pay dividends, for water quality protection and soil health and by cutting costs and creating potential revenue opportunities.

Mahaska County farmer Mark Jackson celebrated as Iowa's Conservation Farmer of the Year

8/3/2020

Taking on the challenge of improving Iowa’s water quality and protecting soil has long been a priority for Mark Jackson, who farms outside of Oskaloosa with his son, Michael. Jackson, an Iowa Farm Bureau member from Rose Hill, was named the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year for his wide-ranging conservation efforts and decades-long commitment to promoting conservation education and sharing his experiences and success stories with fellow farmers.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of August 3rd

7/31/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Conservation in action

7/27/2020

Mark Jackson of Mahaska County is 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year.

Spreading conservation knowledge

7/27/2020

A perk of my job is traveling around to interview farmers all over Iowa committed to reducing soil loss, improving water quality and preserving the land for future generations.

Adding up Iowa's conservation and water quality protection progress | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 47

7/27/2020

In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig quantifies the growing number of practices Iowa's farmers are using to protect soil and water quality. And Mark Jackson (a Mahaska County Farm Bureau member who was recently named Iowa's 2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year) shares his advice for farmers who are looking to scale up their conservation efforts.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of July 27th

7/24/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa offers cost share available for cover crops and other conservation practices

7/20/2020

Iowa farmers and landowners can sign up now for cost share funds through the state’s Water Quality Improvement (WQI) program.

New conservation field days announced for week of July 20th

7/17/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

Continued water quality progress

7/13/2020

A new report shows that Iowa farmers' efforts have produced significant water quality gains in the state.

Water quality progress

7/13/2020

Despite a tough economic situation, Iowa farmers continue to take on the challenge of improving water quality.

4 stats that prove Iowa’s water quality progress

7/10/2020

Are we making clear and significant strides? Definitely, and we have the numbers to prove it!

Conservation field days for the week of July 13th

7/10/2020

There are upcoming conservation webinars under our Field Days & Events tab.

Wetland revival

7/6/2020

Iowa farmers, landowners building wetlands to benefit water quality

New Nutrient Reduction Strategy report shows farmers' conservation progress

7/2/2020

The recently released Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) progress report from Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shows how farmer initiative has produced significant results in the seven years since the strategy was adopted.

New conservation webinars announced week of July 6th

7/1/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation webinars announced for week of June 29th

6/26/2020

There are upcoming conservation webinars under our Field Days & Events tab.

A mission for soil health

6/22/2020

Mitchell Hora of Washington County researches new farming methods to improve soil.

New conservation virtual field days announced for week of June 22nd

6/19/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation webinars announced for week of June 15th

6/15/2020

There is an upcoming conservation webinar under our Field Days & Events tab.

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