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DMWW lawsuit dismissed, conservation work continues

3/27/2017

Farm Bureau leaders were pleased that a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) against drainage districts in Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties and said last week that the court’s ruling will not diminish Iowa farmers’ commitment to improving water quality and saving soil.

Work continues on funding for water quality cost-share

3/27/2017

Farm Bureau members continue to contact their legislators about the importance of implementation of the Water Quality Initiative and the continued need to secure adequate funding to help support farmers’ investments in structures and practices.

Conservation clearly taking root in Iowa ag

3/27/2017

It’s pretty clear that Iowa farmers are taking up the challenge of improving water quality and reducing soil loss.

Years of experience make Lynches believers in conservation

3/27/2017

Bob Lynch never liked moldboard plowing. When the Gilmore City-area farmer started implementing more conservation tillage on his family’s land more than 20 years ago, however, his father wasn’t comfortable with leaving “trash” on top.

A new generation carries on conservation tradition

3/27/2017

Luke Broulik and Tim Keegan are third-generation conservationist farmers on the Broulick farm in Linn County.

Southeast Iowa farmers find yield gains in cover crops, no-till

3/27/2017

A southeast Iowa farm family harvested record yields in 2016 after managing cropland soils with no-till and cover crops.

Northey: Focus on edge-of-field practices in water quality scale-up

3/27/2017

As Iowa’s innovative water quality initiative nears its fourth anniversary this spring, state agricultural and environmental officials are outlining ways that the practices in the strategy can be scaled up to reach more farmers and cover more acres across the state.

Research is aiding farmers’ work on water quality

3/27/2017

Dozens of projects co­­ordinated by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center are helping farmers understand how they can improve water quality by reducing phosphorus and nitrogen losses from their farms.

DMACC students get real-world experience in conservation

3/27/2017

Iowa farmers have been experimenting with growing cover crops on their farms

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