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Conservation Counts Articles

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Iowa Minute: Upcycling is a key sustainable farming practice for livestock farmers

1/16/2020

Livestock can convert inedible plant waste like corn stalk residue and soy hulls into protein-rich food for humans like meat and dairy through upcycling.

The Roaring 2020s: A decade of optimism for food and farming

1/9/2020

It’s going to be a tremendous decade of progress, not only for Iowa farmers but for all of us who want to make strides toward protecting our natural resources, improving the quality of our food and providing farm animals with the best care possible.

Water quality progress

1/3/2020

Iowa farmers are adopting new technologies, including precision agriculture and cover crop plantings, to benefit water quality.

Meeting the  conservation challenge

12/16/2019

In my years of observing Iowa agriculture, I’ve learned to never underestimate farmers’ drive and resourcefulness to accomplish their goals.

Pivoting to reduce nitrogen losses

12/9/2019

With significant progress in reducing phosphorus losses, Iowa farmers and supporters are focusing on nitrogen.

New conservation field days announced the week of 12/6

12/6/2019

There are 2 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Seeing the soil come to life

12/2/2019

Mahaska County Farm Bureau members have noticed an improvement in soil biology along with other benefits after multiple years of planting cover crops.

Paying off for the environment

11/25/2019

Economists say productivity gains in U.S. agriculture have helped protect the environment.

New conservation field days announced the week of 11/22

11/22/2019

There are 3 upcoming conservation field days under our Field Days & Events tab.

Iowa State researcher reveals the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's drainage system | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 26

11/18/2019

In this episode, Iowa State University researcher Dr. Mike Castellano shares the results of a new study about the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's 100-year-old drainage system.

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