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Iowa Minute: Learning about Iowa's water quality from the seat of your bike


Bicycling in Iowa is all about enjoying the great outdoors. It's also a great way to learn about the ways Iowa's farmers are keeping the outdoors great.

Sign-up begins for cost share on conservation practices


The 2018 sign-up period is open statewide for cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices.

Whether talking diet or conservation, it’s not one-size-fits-all


There’s so many factors that can affect success, that no single approach works for all.

An acceleration of water quality work


Three locally-led demonstration projects are set to expand their work to improve water quality.

Ribbon cutting for new Ankeny stormwater wetland designed to protect water quality


The event will take place on Mon., April 29.

Three surprising ways trees benefit Iowa’s landscape


During Arbor Day, both urban and rural-living Iowans should take time to appreciate the contributions and many purposes of trees in rural Iowa.

Conservation spreads farm to farm


Farmers share knowledge at they boost efforts to improve water quality.

A new approach


Randy and Carol Miller say they are so pleased with the early results of their bioreactor that they plan to install at least one more.

Monarch conservation takes flight in Iowa


A collaborative effort called the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is working to increase the habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators in the state.

Conservation and cattle in tandem


Cover crops protect Jeremy Buck’s fields, while providing valuable livestock forage.