Iowa farm family walking through field

Iowa Corn Farmers & Their Legacies

More than 97% of Iowa’s farms are family-owned. Why does that matter? It means that not only are these family farmers focused on growing a crop we all benefit from, but they’re also deeply committed to leaving a legacy for the next generation. Learn more about Iowa’s farm families and how they’re growing corn in a way that protects soil health and water quality.

Lilian Swanson

Farmers Faces of Farming

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of an Iowa farm? Follow along as we bring you the stories of the farmers who take care of our land, our livestock and so much more. The adventures, the challenges, and the learnings of the people growing and raising our food.

Kids drinking water at Iowa Corn event

Water Farmers Care About the Water We Share

Farmers who grow Iowa’s corn know how important our state’s water is; they depend on every drop and not just for crops to grow. They have families just like yours and want to be sure the water we all drink is as pure as it can be.

Farmers today use a variety of conservation and nutrient management practices to improve water quality and soil health. Learn more below about how farmers are implementing these sustainable, smart practices on their farms.

cover crops

Cover Crops

Cover crops improve soil quality by increasing organic matter, reducing erosion, suppressing weeds, and helping the soil retain nutrients, which means they stay in the soil and don’t move into rivers and streams.

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Nutrient Management

Nutrient management is applying the right source of nutrients at the right time, right place and right rate.

Strip tilling

Strip Till

Strip till greatly reduces soil disturbance, which reduces erosion, builds organic matter and helps reduce nutrients entering waterways.

A field

Grassed Waterways

Grassed waterways are in-field channels where vegetation grows to filter runoff from heavy rains.



Wetlands are shallow, vegetated pools that filter nitrates, control flooding and provide wildlife habitat.

corn cob bioreactor


Bioreactors direct tile water to an underground bed of woodchips and reduce nitrates by an average of 43%.

Corn field in Iowa


Technology plays an important role in protecting the water we share. Farmers can view maps of their soil, track rainfall history and identify weeds growing in their fields, all from their smartphones and tablets.