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Conservation Counts Articles

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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.

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

Research finds many benefits for farmers planting cover crops

3/27/2017

Iowa cover crop acres grew by approximately 32 percent to 623,700 acres, according to the newly-released Iowa Learning Farms 2016 Field Day Evaluation Report.

Millers conservation philosophy guides water quality project

3/27/2017

Taking on the challenge of improving water quality and reducing soil erosion is nothing new for Randy and Carol Miller

Collaborations help Storm Lake lead on water quality

3/27/2017

When heavy rains propelled flood waters as high as a car’s door handles in parts of Storm Lake a few years ago, James Patrick, city manager, knew something had to be done.

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