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Most Mowing Of Roadside Ditches Not Allowed Until After July 15


The Iowa DNR reminds farmers and landowners that state law prohibits mowing roadside ditches each year between March 15 and July 15, to protect ground-nesting birds and to prevent nest destruction. Also, the Iowa Department of Transportation says that grass within the right of way of state-maintained highways can be legally harvested for hay or livestock feed during certain periods of the year with a permit issued by them. Learn more in this story.

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


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


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

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation statement on the EPA's reversal on Navigable Waters Protection Rule


“Iowa farmers are extremely disappointed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) intention to rewrite the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Farmers are committed to water quality efforts and preserving the land; however, they need clarity and certainty in rules to do that."

Growth after the storm


Project assists farmers in replanting wind-damaged trees

A conservation legacy


Iowa farmer continues his grandpa's dedication to conservation

USDA offers crop insurance discount for cover crops


Farmers have until June 15 to certify cover crop acreage planted last fall and apply for the $5 per acre discount on crop insurance premiums.

Passionate about ag


Three young farmers who earned the 2021 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Award want to build bridges with consumers to help tell agriculture's story.

New conservation field days announced for week of June 7


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

Registration open for exclusive Iowa Farm Bureau virtual roundtable, "Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know"


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) opened registration today for its upcoming virtual roundtable diving into key considerations for farmers seeking to adopt climate-friendly carbon sequestration and other practices with the hope of increasing their on-farm income.