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New conservation field days announced the week of 9/13

9/13/2019

There are 6 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

African Swine Fever, water quality progress, and partnering with Fareway to celebrate meat: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 21

9/9/2019

African Swine Fever, water quality, and a celebration of livestock and Iowa-raised meat with Fareway. Listen in to episode 21 of The Spokesman Speaks Podcast.

New conservation field days announced the week of 9/6

9/6/2019

There are 9 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Innovations in water quality

9/6/2019

Threatened Iowa ash trees get a new life as an effective water quality solution.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/30

8/30/2019

There are 6 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

If you haven’t visited an Iowa beach, you’re missing out

8/27/2019

It always perplexes me when I hear or see comments from folks who say they never visit a beach, go kayaking or eat fish from Iowa’s lakes and rivers because they’re worried about water quality.

Iowa Minute: Does Iowa have too much manure?

8/19/2019

Manure is a source of nitrogen for fertilizer, and you might be surprised to learn just how valuable it is. Are claims that Iowa has too much manure overblown?

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/16

8/16/2019

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New Dean of ISU's Veterinary College discusses rural vet shortage, African Swine Fever and antibiotics | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 19

8/12/2019

In this episode, Dr. Dan Grooms, the new Dean of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about the shortage of rural veterinarians, preventing devastating diseases like African Swine Fever, and antibiotic use.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/9

8/9/2019

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New app provides interactive opportunity to assist monarch recovery

8/7/2019

HabiTally enables farmers, ranchers, landowners and private citizens to support monarch butterfly populations.

Cooperative approach

8/6/2019

A new wetland project in the Middle Cedar watershed will help accelerate the state's water quality goals.

A conservation legacy

8/5/2019

Jarad Weber, Conservation Farmer of the Year, carries on a tradition of caring for the land.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/2

8/2/2019

There are 9 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa farmers make true progress on water quality

8/1/2019

Environmental activists continue to misinform Iowans about the progress our state’s farmers are making in improving water quality.

Is Iowa’s drinking water safe?

7/31/2019

Iowa's drinking water quality is great. The Iowa Dept of Public Health says that the public water supply has been safe and clean since reports began in 1996.

Does Iowa have too much livestock manure? The "scoop on poop" with Iowa State's "Dr. Manure": The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 18

7/29/2019

Does Iowa really have too much manure, as livestock opponents claim? Or could the state actually use more manure to fertilize its crops?

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/26

7/26/2019

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/19

7/19/2019

There are 9 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/5

7/5/2019

There are 11 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Reviving an Iowa creek

7/5/2019

Farmers' conservation efforts have improved water quality and are helping rebuild mussel populations.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/28

6/28/2019

There are 12 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/21

6/21/2019

There are 10 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

When do cover crops pay?

6/21/2019

A new report published by USDA-SARE looks at the economics of cover crops.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/14

6/14/2019

There are 15 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Pheasant, quail & pollinator habitat the focus of June 17-21 field days

6/13/2019

Iowa Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever is hosting 17 field days June 17-21 for farmers seeking info about monarchs, pollinators & wildlife habitat. Learn more about the field day details in this story.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/7

6/7/2019

There are 18 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Reviving Lime Creek

6/3/2019

Farmers' conservation efforts have improved water quality in the eastern Iowa watershed and are helping rebuild populations of mussels and other wildlife.

New conservation field days announced the week of 5/31

5/31/2019

There are 20 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa Minute: Mussels Return to Lime Creek

5/30/2019

Mussels are back at Lime Creek, thanks in part to the work of local farmers.

IDALS offers cost-share funding for conservation

5/28/2019

Iowa farmers can access a new round of cost-share funds for conservation and water quality practices

New conservation field days announced the week of 5/24

5/24/2019

There are 18 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Maximizing pollinator habitat on your land webinar on May 28

5/22/2019

This free webinar will make the case for establishing habitat adjacent to working farmland

 Okoboji is a destination for boaters, skiers and great water quality

5/20/2019

And thanks to efforts from locals—including farmers—the water this year is ready to enjoy.

New conservation field days announced the week of 5/17

5/17/2019

There are 12 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Data confirms conservation focus in Iowa

5/14/2019

It’s becoming common to spot cover crops, no-till, wetlands and a range of other conservation practices when you travel around Iowa these days.

New conservation field days announced the week of 5/10

5/10/2019

There are 11 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Pitching in for conservation

5/6/2019

Private agronomy advisors work with farmers to implement conservation practices.

Working together to improve water quality

5/6/2019

Farmers, retailers and others collaborate to boost conservation practices and water quality in the North Raccoon watershed.

New conservation field days announced the week of 4/26

4/26/2019

There are two upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

An open call for nominations to recognize Iowa's farmer most dedicated to conservation

4/25/2019

Nominations are now being sought to find the 2019 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year, a prestigious honor with a substantial prize; the winner receives use of a new John Deere 6E utility tractor for a year.

How FFA is training youth to understand “sustainability” in agriculture and rural Iowa

4/25/2019

I guarantee if you sat in on one of their conversations about agriculture sustainability, you too would be impressed.

Planting Hope: A Master Gardener’s tips for tree planting

4/23/2019

Here are three basic rules Laurie Johns learned this past year, while studying to become a Master Gardener.

Cover crop incentives grow

4/22/2019

Leading food companies are stepping up to offer cash incentives to help Iowa farmers offset the cost of planting cover crops and adopting other conservation measures.

Measuring Iowa's water quality progress: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 11

4/22/2019

In this Earth Day episode, we reveal the most extensive survey of Iowa's conservation progress and discuss laser technology that actually quantifies the conservation structures on Iowa's landscape.

New conservation field days announced the week of 4/19

4/19/2019

There are two upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa Cover Crops: Answers to 8 Common Questions

4/18/2019

Cover crops are relatively new to most of Iowa’s landscape, so (naturally) Iowans have lots of questions. We’ve answered some of the most commonly Googled questions about cover crops with help from some Iowa experts.

Iowa Minute: Measuring Soil and Water Conservation Techniques

4/17/2019

From cover crops to terraces, Iowa farmers use many techniques to protect the water and soil, and Iowa is the only state to thoroughly track those practices.

New conservation field days announced the week of 4/12

4/12/2019

There are two upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 4/5

4/5/2019

There are four upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Signs of hope: Why monarch butterflies are important to Iowa

4/4/2019

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, launched in 2015, is a community-led initiative with a goal to enhance monarch habitat in the state through collaborative efforts of farmers, citizens and organizations.

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/29

3/29/2019

There are six upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Signs of growth

3/27/2019

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium will continue efforts in 2019 to enhance monarch habitat through partnerships.

Fueling up butterflies

3/27/2019

Iowa biofuel producers join efforts to establish more pollinator habitat.

Economics spur conservation

3/25/2019

Delaware County's Kevin Glanz finds conservation can reduce costs and build soil health.

Conservation becomes the norm in Iowa

3/25/2019

As a longtime observer of agriculture in Iowa, I’ve never seen anything quite like the way farmers and others in the state have embraced the challenge of improving water quality and reducing soil loss.

Measuring conservation progress

3/25/2019

INREC, a private-public partnership that uses ag retail data to measure conservation practices, finds tremendous progress on phosphorus goals.

A high-tech conservation inventory

3/25/2019

LiDar system documents conservation structures using airplanes and lasers.

A long-term commitment to conservation

3/25/2019

Building a bioreactor on his Poweshiek County farm is latest example of Roger Van Ersvelde’s commitment to conservation and water quality.

Conservation finds a firm footing

3/25/2019

Farmers in the Silver Creek watershed in northeast Iowa are stepping up to improve water quality.

Realizing gains from conservation

3/25/2019

Matt Schelling of Sioux County saw conservation practices, such as cover crops, pay off in a difficult year.

Carrying on a long legacy of conservation

3/25/2019

Roger Edwards of Columbus Junction has continually made improvements to protect water quality and improve soil health.

Making a difference in a key watershed

3/25/2019

Farmers like Brian Hoffman are making a positive difference in the Elk Run Creek watershed.

Working to expand use of edge-of-field practices

3/25/2019

Shane Wulf, the state’s new edge-of-field project coordinator, is helping farmers find ways to install structures to improve water quality.

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/22

3/22/2019

There are 12 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Nutrient study report shows progress

3/11/2019

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) annual progress report released last week identified $512 million in private and public sector funding for NRS efforts during 2018

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/8

3/8/2019

There are 11 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/1

3/1/2019

There are 2 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Nominations Open for Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

2/25/2019

Nominations are open for the 2019 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year award. Iowans are encouraged to nominate a deserving farmer by June 1.

New conservation field days announced the week of 2/22

2/22/2019

There are 2 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Nominations open for 2019 conservation award

2/18/2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year award, which has been co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) since 1952.

New conservation field days announced the week of 2/15

2/15/2019

There are 3 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Worldwide water quality learning

2/11/2019

As a Nuffield Scholar, Iowa’s Rose Danaher plans to learn about water quality efforts around the world.

New conservation field days announced the week of 2/8

2/8/2019

There are 6 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Farmers see gains with cover crops

2/4/2019

By planting cover crops, farmers are able to reduce soil loss, improve weed control and build soil health.

New conservation field days announced the week of 2/1

2/1/2019

There are 8 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Historically cold weather puts farmers’ commitment to animal care and water quality on display

1/30/2019

In the past 24 hours, it seems like every outside-the-home activity in Iowa has been cancelled – classes, businesses, and even the U.S. Mail. Everything – except for a cover crop workshop in Ankeny last night and the round-the-clock livestock care I’m seeing all over social media.

New cover crop cost-share plan launched

1/28/2019

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Unilever will launch a new cost-share option for farmers brand-new to cover crops

Iowa Farm Bureau joins Iowa Department of Agriculture, farmers and conservationists to sponsor cover crop workshop

1/25/2019

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is proud to sponsor a Cover Crop Workshop in Ankeny, where farmers can learn how cover crops can improve their yields and soil structure, while also being an important part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

New conservation field days announced the week of 1/25

1/25/2019

There are 8 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 1/18

1/18/2019

There are 9 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Survey available to reflect needs on your operation

1/18/2019

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Cattlemen's Association are conducting a survey to gauge farm operation needs.

Cover crops workshop and meal at Mistress Brewing Company in Ankeny

1/16/2019

Join Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney and a farmer panel for a discussion cover crops and how to make them work in your operation.

New conservation field days announced the week of 1/11

1/11/2019

There are 10 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field day announced the week of 1/4

1/4/2019

There are 8 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 12/21

12/21/2018

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 12/7

12/7/2018

There are 2 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/30

11/30/2018

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

A cost break for water quality efforts

11/26/2018

Farmers like the Iowa program that offers a crop insurance premium discount for those planting cover crops.

Effort seeks to blend conservation and profit

11/19/2018

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) last week launched a partnership that aims to address how to improve environmental outcomes while optimizing productivity and profitability.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/16

11/16/2018

There are 6 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/9

11/9/2018

There are 9 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Investing for water quality

11/5/2018

The first investments from Iowa's dedicated funding will support edge-of-field practices.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/2

11/2/2018

There are 7 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy Updated with Best Management Practices

10/29/2018

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy now includes best management practices to guide Iowans in helping to increase monarch butterfly habitat.

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/26

10/26/2018

There are 6 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

NRCS extends cost-share deadlines for winter hardy cover crops

10/22/2018

Due to wet conditions across Iowa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Con­­servation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline to access cost share for planting winter hardy cover crops.

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/19

10/19/2018

There are 4 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/12

10/12/2018

There are 3 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 9/21

9/21/2018

There are 5 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

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