2022 March Stewardship Advocate

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

Spring has officially arrived! And an important deadline for cost share applications is quickly approaching.  

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has set April 8 as the next cutoff date for applications for financial assistance from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Both programs provide cost share funding for a variety of conservation practices including no till, cover crops, terraces, and nutrient management. Visit your local NRCS office to find out which program works best for you.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has announced two new projects to accelerate adoption of conservation drainage practices to reduce nitrogen loss and improve water quality. IDALS is partnering with the City of Cedar Rapids and local soil and water conservation districts to launch the Cedar River Clean Water Partnership. Farmers in the Middle Cedar watershed will be eligible for incentives through a streamlined process to build edge-of-field practices such as bioreactors and saturated buffers. Click here for more information. 

IDALS is also partnering with the City of Ames and Story Soil and Water Conservation District to improve water quality in the South Skunk River. The project will cover construction costs and provide technical assistance for the installation of bioreactors and saturated buffers. Click here for more information. 

Finally, be sure to nominate your friends and neighbors for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards. Nominations will be accepted until May 2 with the awards ceremony in August at the State Fair. Click here for more information.

LATEST INFORMATION 

As Regenerative Agriculture Takes Root, Let’s Hold Corporates Accountable 

Cover Crop Adds Feed Benefit, Soil Boost 

Iowa Department of Agriculture Accepts Request for State-Level Amendments for Dicamba Products 

Congressional Members Call for WOTUS Pause 

Doing the Most with the Leased 

Take Another Look at Soil Fertility 

Cover Crops Can Influence Soil Health, Even Within the First Few Years After Adoption 

Coping with Herbicide Shortages in 2022:  Adding More Tools in the Toolbox 

Polk County Achieves Quicker Farmland Nitrate Reduction, Spreads Success to Other Counties 

Leopold Conservation Award Comes to Iowa

UPCOMING EVENTS 

March 23 Legalities of Carbon Contracts, Webinar 

March 23 Cover Crop Field Day, Grand Mound 

March 23 Focus on Phosphorus, Webinar 

March 29 Pest Issues with Cover Crops, Webinar 

March 30 Farm to Brew, Dyersville 

April 5 Grazing Cover Crops, Webinar 

April 15 North Raccoon Watershed Coalition, TBD 

April 20 Clear Creek Watershed Coalition, Coralville 

April 21 Middle Cedar Watershed Authority, TBD 

April 22 Carbon Removal Forum, Virtual 

April 27 Focus on Phosphorus, Webinar 

May 24 Monarch Habitat, Webinar

FARMER TO FARMER VIDEO 

Farmer to Farmer:  Healthy Soil Saves Money 

Iowa farmers share how using cover crops improved their soil health and nitrogen use efficiency to save money.

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