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Conservation Counts Articles

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30-plus organizations team up to help re-establish monarch habitat in Iowa

2/27/2017

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America.

Environmental award nominations open

2/27/2017

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey are encouraging Iowans to nominate farmers who have taken on the challenge of improving water quality and saving soil for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award.

Conservation gains neighbor to neighbor

2/27/2017

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with several of Iowa’s conservation pioneers, and I’ve often heard a common story.

Nominate a Deserving Conservation Farmer for State Award

2/17/2017

The Conservation Farmer of the Year Award highlights the continuous conservation improvements made by Iowa farmers, but focuses on one statewide winner. Iowans have until May 1 to nominate a deserving farmer. Here's how.

Iowa officials outline plans to scale up water quality efforts

2/13/2017

As more Iowa farmers step up to take on the challenge of improving water quality, state and academic leaders last week outlined plans to scale up practices and build momentum for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.

Baders earn IPPA environmental award

2/6/2017

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) presented its 2016 Iowa Environmental Steward Award to Black Hawk County Farm Bureau members Ben and Anna Bader of Jesup.

No time to ease up on water quality

2/6/2017

I bumped into my friend, Al Schafbuch, at a conference last week.

Study finds cereal rye cover crop has little effect on corn yields and may help soybeans

2/6/2017

Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield and actually increased soybean yields in seven site-years and corn yield in two-sites years

ISU’s soil health conference set for Feb. 16-17 in Ames

2/6/2017

The second annual Iowa Soil Health Conference is set for Feb. 16 and 17 in Ames.

Soil health partnership setting sites for 2017 field days

2/6/2017

The Soil-Health Partnership (SHP) is in the process of setting dates and locations for field days that will provide information about long-term studies the organization that began in 2016.

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