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Conservation Counts Articles

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Iowa conservation pioneer is always learning

9/5/2017

As more Iowa farmers take up the challenge of protecting water quality, reducing erosion and building soil quality, they are tapping into the real-world experiences and knowledge that’s been built up over the decades by the state’s conservation pioneers all over Iowa.

Collaboration is vital for continued conservation progress

9/5/2017

It takes a collaborative effort and local, state and federal partnerships to continue the progress that’s being made in conservation, stakeholders said last week in a discussion about collaboration and conservation.

Drought conditions heighten the need for cover crops

8/28/2017

In addition to punishing yields, drought conditions in much of Iowa this summer had profound impact on soil health, including limited nutrient uptake by crops

Iowa’s economy benefits from ag’s water quality work

8/28/2017

Iowa got a dose of good economic news last week when Apple, the iPhone maker and the world’s most valuable company, announced plans to build a data center in the state.

Washington Co. farmers leading the way in cover crops

8/28/2017

More and more farmers across Iowa are planting cover crops to improve soil health slow erosion and improve water quality. And Washington County is leading the way.

Cover crop gains are expected to emerge over time

8/28/2017

Early indicators show that cover crops are indeed improving water quality and soil health.

Awards show Iowa  ag stepping up to improve water

8/21/2017

Critics of Iowa’s water quality initiative often complain that only a few farmers in the state are stepping up to adopt conservation practices or are installing structures designed to improve the state’s water quality.

Water quality cost-share funds available

7/24/2017

Iowa farmers can apply for cost-share funds to help install practices focused on protecting water quality.

Duvall gets up close look at Iowa conservation efforts

7/24/2017

The first thing Zippy Duvall noticed during his visit to Iowa last week was how corn dominates the state’s mid-summer landscape

Fremont County farmer, Chris Teachout, named Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

7/19/2017

Chris Teachout of Shenandoah was using cover crops on his family farm long before they became a widely recognized and popular conservation practice in Iowa to reduce erosion and improve soil health and water quality.

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