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Family finds turkeys fit well with conservation efforts

11/20/2017

The Hermanson family began raising turkeys on their Story County farm seven decades ago to provide more income diversity. It’s been a successful strategy; raising turkeys has, over the years, helped the farm add value to its crops.

It's that time in Iowa: State warns drivers to be wary of deer

11/20/2017

The worst months for deer-involved vehicle collisions have arrived, and state officials caution Iowa motorists to be alert so they can avoid spending big bucks on auto repairs, or worse.

Iowa program offers discount on crop insurance for farmers who plant cover crops

11/20/2017

Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall may be eligible for a $5-per-acre premium reduction on their crop insurance in 2018, under a pilot program announced last week by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).

Iowa farmers using cover crops may be eligible for crop insurance premium reduction

11/16/2017

New IDALS-Funded Program Aims to Incentivize Expanded Use of Cover Crops to Improve Water Quality

New Iowa Incentive for Cover Crops, Water Quality Offered Through Crop Insurance

11/16/2017

A new Iowa pilot program aimed at increasing the acres of cover crops and protecting water quality has been announced by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. Through the Iowa pilot program, farmers who plant cover crops this fall may be eligible for a $5 per acre premium reduction on their crop insurance in 2018. Learn more in this story.

Practical Farmers begins fall farminar series Nov. 14

11/14/2017

Topics include crimping cover crops, marketing vegetables and farm transfer.

Iowa Farm Bureau to launch 'The Year of the Farm Bureau' century celebration at 2017 annual gathering in Des Moines

11/14/2017

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa’s largest grassroots general farm organization, will launch a year-long tribute to their approaching century of success December 5 and 6 in Des Moines for the 99th IFBF Annual Meeting.

Northern Iowa family opts for conservation tillage

11/13/2017

“Corn isn’t going to be $7 forever.” With those words six years ago, Joe Bormann sparked a family conversation on how he and his dad, Mark, and brother, Matt, were growing corn and soybeans on their northern Iowa farms.

EPA report backs states’ progress on water quality

11/13/2017

In a new report to Congress, the Environmental Protection Ag­­ency’s Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) highlighted the progress that Iowa and 11 other states in the Mississippi River valley are making in reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loading in the Gulf of Mexico.

Iowa’s first bioreactor is recharged with wood chips

11/13/2017

Nearly a decade ago, Mike Bravard agreed to have a backhoe dig a large hole alongside one of his soybean fields in Greene County near Jefferson. The hole would become the first bioreactor installed in Iowa.

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