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“An Iowa State University research team has discovered that strategically adding a little bit of prairie back onto the agricultural landscape can result in many benefits – in water and soil quality, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, as well as opportunities for biomass production. Learn more about this new conservation practice and the excitement it is generating both within and outside Iowa.”
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This article is summarizing the minimal amount of land and cost required to put vegetative buffers along Iowa’s waterways. Currently, there is no regulation requiring such practices. Fifty foot buffers are required in the state of Minnesota.
Wayne Fredericks says he isn’t a poster child for conservation.
But the 63-year-old farmer near Osage is willing to test ideas, gather data about the results, and see what works best in the field.
“Farmers have been real hungry for data,” said Fredericks, a farmer participating in the Rock Creek watershed improvement project in north-central Iowa. “They want to know what these practices are going to do and how they will affect yields and the bottom line.… Read more ›
8-28-2014 — The City of Monona unveiled the brand new parking lot at the LeRoy & Colleen Darby Family Aquatic Center to a group of partners and citizens. The new parking lot features a new surface made up of permeable pavers designed to eliminate most of the runoff from the formerly gravel parking lot.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, the revisions make the parking lot more practical. … Read more ›
|ORRTANNA, Pa., May 1, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and boost the economy.
Vilsack made the announcement at Kuhn Orchards in Orrtanna, Pennsylvania.
Wind and rainstorms like those that pummeled most of Iowa last week help carry tons of rich, fertile topsoil from its farmland each year — and potentially cut $1 billion in yield from the state’s 88,000 farms, says an Iowa State University agronomy professor.
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Check out the attached article written by an Iowa farmer.
http://www.newtondailynews.com/2014/03/11/iowa-nutrient-reduction-strategy-a-farmers-perspective/a6dso5v/?page=1… Read more ›
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged eligible groups to apply for grants to support projects that will improve water quality in the state. Approximately $1 million is available through the Watershed Improvement Review Board to support qualifying projects.
Funds are available to local watershed improvement committees, soil and water conservation districts, public water supply utilities, county conservation boards, cities and counties.… Read more ›