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Posted on 05/22/2017 at 12:00 AM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

With planting in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about adding some new conservation practices to your operation. Sign up is now open for statewide cost share funds to help implement cover crops, no-till, strip-till and nitrification inhibitors. Funding is limited so be sure to sign up before it runs out. Click here for more information.

While you’re at the soil & water conservation district office, ask about federal cost share from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This is a new program created in the last farm bill. Although sign up is continuous, there is a June 16 deadline for the next round of cost share approvals. Click here for more information.

Finally, if you buried the planter in a wet spot, it might be time to do something different. This article outlines a variety of wetland conservation programs, including CRP, easements, and CREP. In addition, the Iowa Agricultural Mitigation, Inc is looking for wetland sites to restore to bank credits that others seeking mitigation can buy.


FARMER TO FARMER:

LET'S TALK Economics of Conservation

Dean Sponheim of Mitchell County started implementing conservation practices on his farm for economic purposes. When he discovered that the practices were also helping to preserve soil and water quality, it made perfect sense for him to continue incorporating the practices in his operation. Learn more about his experience with practices such as cover crops and strip tilling. 


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