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Corn Farmers Care: Our Environment

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:37 AM by Iowa Corn

Today, April 22nd, is a special day. A day where people across the United States celebrate efforts to protect our environment and encourage discussion about what can be done in years to come. While the calendar carves out just one day each year for this celebration, for America’s corn farmers every day is Earth Day.

 

 

"Farm ponds provide wildlife habitat and reduce phosphorus loss in Warren County." #FarmersCoverIowa

 
Farmers are closely connected with the environment, more so than many other professions. Their ability to cultivate crops and raise livestock largely depends on proper management of natural resources. They need a continuous supply of rich soil, clean water, and fresh air; which is why Iowa farmers work day in and day out to protect these vital resources.

 

 

 

"Cover crops reducing nitrate loss in Jasper County." #FarmersCoverIowa


Curious about what farmers are doing across the country to protect our environment? Check out some of these recent stats:

 

 

 

 

 

  • According to the USDA, farmers have reduced cropland soil erosion by 32%. (source)
  • From 1980 to 2010, U.S. farmers increased corn production by 87.5% while using 4% less fertilizer inputs.  (source)
  • Iowa farmers have voluntarily restored more than 377,811 acres of wetlands. (source)
  • 40 demonstration farms from 7 different states are showcased in the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led project aimed at researching management practices to improve soil health. (source
  • Organizations, such as the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, have been developed to help educate producers and the public on water quality efforts. (source)
  • Iowa’s agricultural researchers were 1st in the nation to develop a Nutrient Reduction Strategy, providing farmers with the framework they need to help improve Iowa’s water quality. (source)
  • The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award, now in it's 4th year, recognizes the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa's farmers committed to environmental stewardship. (source)
"Grass waterways reduce gully erosion in Dallas County." #FarmersCoverIowa

 

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