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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.

New conservation webinars announced for June 8th

6/5/2020

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

New conservation webinars announced for week of June 1st

5/29/2020

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

New conservation webinars announced for week of May 25th

5/22/2020

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

Farmers see value in wetlands

5/18/2020

More farmers are building wetlands to deal with problem fields, improve water quality.

New conservation webinar announced for week of May 17th

5/15/2020

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

New conservation webinar announced for May 14

5/13/2020

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

Cost share available for conservation practices

5/11/2020

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that farmers and landowners can now sign up for cost-share funds through the state’s Water Quality Initiative.

New conservation webinar announced the week of 5/1

5/1/2020

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

New conservation webinars announced the week of 4/24

4/24/2020

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

Iowa Department of Agriculture receives  $13 million for water quality projects

4/20/2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has been selected to receive federal funding for two conservation projects, totaling $13 million, which will help support water quality improvement projects in the state.

New conservation webinars announced the week of 4/17

4/17/2020

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

New conservation webinar announced the week of 4/10

4/10/2020

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

New conservation webinar announced the week of 4/3

4/3/2020

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

Iowa Cover Crops: Answers to 8 Common Questions

3/25/2020

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.

Leading in conservation

3/23/2020

Vogel spreads the word on the value of cover crops, no-till and other conservation practices.

Making real progress in conservation

3/23/2020

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig sees gains in improving water quality and reducing soil loss across the state, despite a tough ag economy.

Building resilience through conservation

3/23/2020

The Gaesser family uses a range of conservation practices to protect soil health on their southwest Iowa farm.

Planting the seeds of conservation

3/23/2020

Rensink brothers provide cover crop advice and other conservation solutions in northwest Iowa.

Scaling up water quality practices with Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 35

3/23/2020

This National Agriculture Week episode (hosted by Delaney Howell) features an interview with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Iowa's water quality progress and the steps being taken to scale up water quality protection practices.

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/13

3/13/2020

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

Iowa Minute: Working together to achieve Iowa's water quality goals

3/12/2020

Iowa's farmers have reduced phosphorus loss by 22%. Now they're using the same approach (involving innovation and collaboration) for the state's nitrate goals.

Agriculture’s on pace to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, and cattle are the “original upcyclers” | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 34

3/9/2020

This episode is all about sustainability and agriculture’s shrinking environmental footprint.

New conservation field days announced the week of 3/6

3/6/2020

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

Nominations now open to recognize the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

2/19/2020

Nominations are now being sought to find the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 68th year this prestigious honor has been given to Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship.

Nominations open for the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

2/18/2020

Nominations are now open for the 2020 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.

How agriculture will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next five years

2/11/2020

In 2019, a group of university researchers and other experts representing government, agriculture and environmental organizations concluded that agriculture is on a trajectory to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 50%.

Nominations open for Iowa conservation award

2/10/2020

Nominations are open for the 2020 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year award.

New conservation field days announced the week of 1/31

1/31/2020

There is one upcoming conservation field day under our Field Days & Events tab.

New conservation field days announced the week of 1/24

1/24/2020

There is one upcoming conservation field day under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa Minute: Upcycling is a key sustainable farming practice for livestock farmers

1/16/2020

Livestock can convert inedible plant waste like corn stalk residue and soy hulls into protein-rich food for humans like meat and dairy through upcycling.

The Roaring 2020s: A decade of optimism for food and farming

1/9/2020

It’s going to be a tremendous decade of progress, not only for Iowa farmers but for all of us who want to make strides toward protecting our natural resources, improving the quality of our food and providing farm animals with the best care possible.

Water quality progress

1/3/2020

Iowa farmers are adopting new technologies, including precision agriculture and cover crop plantings, to benefit water quality.

Meeting the  conservation challenge

12/16/2019

In my years of observing Iowa agriculture, I’ve learned to never underestimate farmers’ drive and resourcefulness to accomplish their goals.

Pivoting to reduce nitrogen losses

12/9/2019

With significant progress in reducing phosphorus losses, Iowa farmers and supporters are focusing on nitrogen.

New conservation field days announced the week of 12/6

12/6/2019

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

Seeing the soil come to life

12/2/2019

Mahaska County Farm Bureau members have noticed an improvement in soil biology along with other benefits after multiple years of planting cover crops.

Paying off for the environment

11/25/2019

Economists say productivity gains in U.S. agriculture have helped protect the environment.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/22

11/22/2019

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

Iowa State researcher reveals the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's drainage system | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 26

11/18/2019

In this episode, Iowa State University researcher Dr. Mike Castellano shares the results of a new study about the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's 100-year-old drainage system.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/8/19

11/8/2019

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

Iowa Minute: Updated drainage leads to improved water quality

11/7/2019

Updating Iowa's drainage systems leads to less fertilizer, better nutrient absorption, & improves water quality when water goes through conservation structures.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/1/19

11/1/2019

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

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/25

10/25/2019

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

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/18

10/18/2019

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

Promoting conservation

10/7/2019

Ag retailer group hires specialist to help farmers establish practices to improve water quality.

Crop insurance discount available  for planting cover crops in Iowa

10/7/2019

Iowa Department of Agriculture demonstration project offers incentives for farmers to plant additional cover crop acres for conservation.

New conservation field days announced the week of 10/4

10/4/2019

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

New conservation field days announced the week of 9/27

9/27/2019

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

Proof of agriculture's shrinking environmental footprint + the case for USMCA: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 22

9/23/2019

In this episode, American Farm Bureau chief economist Dr. John Newton shares proof that agriculture's environmental footprint is shrinking, and representatives from Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership discuss the importance of the USMCA trade agreement on WHO Radio's The Big Show.

New conservation field days announced the week of 9/20

9/20/2019

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

Iowa Minute: Innovation helps farmers build on conservation success

9/19/2019

2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year Jarad Weber is deeply invested in his land. It's his livelihood, and he wants to keep the soil where it belongs.

Leading the way in conservaton

9/16/2019

Other states see Iowa as a leader at developing innovative ways to improve water quality.

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.

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