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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.

Iowa program offers crop insurance discounts for cover crop planting

9/17/2018

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging farmers to take advantage of a program that provides a $5 per acre reduction on crop insurance premiums for planting cover crops.

Committed to conservation

9/10/2018

Iowa farmers will invest more than $9 million of their own money in conjunction with water quality cost-share programs.

New conservation field days announced the week of 9/7

9/7/2018

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

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/31

8/31/2018

There are 16 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/17

8/20/2018

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

Conservation work starting to get noticed

8/20/2018

Iowa farmers have been taking on the challenge of reducing soil loss and improving water for decades.

2018 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

8/20/2018

Farms from all over Iowa are recognized as local leaders in environmental stewardship.

A dramatic decline in hypoxia zone

8/13/2018

The decline shows the impact of weather on year-to-year readings.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/10

8/10/2018

There are 19 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Union County farmer Chad Ide celebrated as Iowa's Conservation Farmer of the Year

8/8/2018

Taking on the challenge of improving Iowa’s water quality and going the extra mile to protect soil and water has long been a priority for Chad Ide, who farms in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa with his father.

New conservation field days announced the week of 8/6

8/6/2018

There are 22 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

A natural conservation focus

8/6/2018

Chad Ide, 2018 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the year, sees both the environmental and economic advantages of caring for the soil and water.

$6.2 billion invested in conservation

8/6/2018

New inventory, the nation's first, shows scale of conservation work done by Iowa farmers to protect Iowa water quality.

Iowan on global whirlwind of ag learning

8/6/2018

Brian Dougherty hopes to use knowledge to help Iowa farmers take on challenge of improving water quality.

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/27

7/27/2018

There are 19 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/20

7/20/2018

There are 21 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Landowners join farmers in conservation

7/16/2018

We’re seeing lots of evidence that Iowa farmers are taking on the challenge of improving the state’s water quality and reducing soil loss.

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/13

7/13/2018

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

New conservation field days announced the week of 7/5

7/5/2018

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

Making waves to benefit Iowa's water quality

7/3/2018

Farmers use conservation practices to not only protect the land, but their families too.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/29

6/29/2018

There are 17 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

 A conservation leader

6/26/2018

Farm Bureau has been an environmental leader in Iowa throughout its 100-year history.

Webinar Recording: Planning Habitat for Pollinators and Profitability

6/22/2018

Iowa’s farmers are leaders in crop production and land stewardship. They also have an opportunity to be leaders in monarch conservation.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/22

6/22/2018

There are 22 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Reporting the truth - the whole truth - about farming and conservation

6/21/2018

It seems that some reporters have adopted a "no good news makes the news" approach, especially when it comes to conservation progress in Iowa. Laurie Johns says Iowans deserve to hear about that progress.

Creating a win-win situation

6/18/2018

Program helps farmers develop plans to add conservation on less productive land.

New conservation field days announced the week of 6/15

6/15/2018

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

A conservation mindset grows strong in Iowa

6/11/2018

Iowa’s groundbreaking effort to help farmers take on the challenge of improving water quality has always been about more than what’s happening on the ground.

Celebrating water quality progress

6/4/2018

Iowa officials mark five years of the state's water quality initiative and vow to build on its success.

EPA grants water quality funds to Iowa

6/4/2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program last week announced a $1 million grant to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to support the water quality efforts

Rolling past progress

5/29/2018

Farm Bureau places signs on bike trail to highlight farmers' conservation practices.

Iowa Minute: Learning about Iowa's water quality from the seat of your bike

5/22/2018

Bicycling in Iowa is all about enjoying the great outdoors. It's also a great way to learn about the ways Iowa's farmers are keeping the outdoors great.

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