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IFBF adopts new strategic plan built through grassroots input

8/21/2017

The Iowa Farm Bureau Fed­eration (IFBF) Legacy Plan, which was unveiled last week to county Farm Bureau presidents, is designed around a new mission to create a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and rural communities.

Awards show Iowa  ag stepping up to improve water

8/21/2017

Critics of Iowa’s water quality initiative often complain that only a few farmers in the state are stepping up to adopt conservation practices or are installing structures designed to improve the state’s water quality.

Keep goals in mind when planting cover crops

8/21/2017

Late summer is typically when we turn our attention toward cover crops.

Iowa farms earn awards for environmental leadership

8/21/2017

The Iowa Farm Environ­mental Leader Awards, which recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality, were presented last week during the Iowa State Fair.

Cropland Value Rankings In the Midwest and U.S.

8/18/2017

Iowa has the 5th highest cropland value in the United States, at $8,100/acre, in the Midwest Iowa has the 1st highest average land value.

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: What, Where, Why?

8/16/2017

What are the causes? How much does agriculture contribute? How much has nutrient use decreased in agriculture in the last 20 years? Answers.

EPA leader pledges to rescind and replace WOTUS rule

8/14/2017

The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week pledged to work with states, farmers and other stakeholders to rescind the current version of the Waters of the United States

EQIP conservation funds available in Iowa

8/14/2017

Iowa farmers have until Oct. 20 to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for fiscal year 2018.

ISU agronomists offer tips for planting cover crops in dry soils

8/14/2017

Planting cover crops has become a regular late summer chore for a lot of Iowa farmers

Record number of Iowa farmers enroll  to install water quality practices

8/14/2017

A record number of Iowa farmers signed up to install nutrient reduction practices on their farm through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stew­ardship’s statewide water quality cost share program

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