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August 2018 Stewardship Advocate Update

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:10 PM by Iowa Corn

Monthly Update From Ben Gleason, Iowa Corn Sustainable Programs Manager

The Iowa State Fair recently wrapped up and Iowa Corn spent a lot of time supporting our livestock partners including showing at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show, volunteering at the Pork Tent and showcasing corn-fed meat during our scavenger hunt.   

Modern livestock farming methods have been subject to nuisance lawsuits for many years. Recently, a case in North Carolina drew a lot of attention because of the huge compensation ($473 million) owed by Smithfield Foods to six neighbors of three North Carolina hog farms. While this is very concerning, the laws and production practices in North Carolina are very different from Iowa. 

Fortunately, Iowa Corn and many partners formed the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) to help Iowa livestock farmers find appropriate sites for new livestock facilities, properly expand existing sites, neighbor relations and more.

Now is a great time to prepare for planting a windbreak around livestock facilities. If a building can’t be seen from the road, it probably can’t be smelled either. CSIF’s Green Farmstead Partner Program is a great resource for windbreaks, and all livestock farmers big and small are eligible for the program. The DNR state forest nursery is a great place to buy seedlings and fall orders begin processing in October.

Before you get busy with harvest, be sure to stop by the NRCS office to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This cost    share program provides financial and technical assistance for just about any conservation practice including cover crops, no till, terraces and more. The next batching date is October 19 so be sure to apply so that you’re considered for the next round of funding.



Farmer to Farmer: Vertical Tillage

Phil Pitzenberger of Butler County discusses the differences and benefits of vertical tillage practices while doing less tillage overall. 

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 24: North Raccoon River Watershed Meeting, Lake City

Aug. 25: Clear Creek Watershed Picnic, Oxford

Aug. 28-30: Conservation Central at Farm Progress Show, Boone

Aug. 28-30: Conservation Station On The Edge at Farm Progress Show, Boone

Aug. 29: Clear Creek Watershed Planning, Oxford

Aug. 30: Grazing Workshop, Chariton

Aug. 30: Monarch Rearing, Oskaloosa

Aug. 31: Good Farm Neighbor Award, Gowrie

Sep. 4: Soil Health Field Day, Corning

Sep. 5: Dordt College Field Day, Sioux County

Sep. 5: Research Farm Field Day, Nashua

Sep. 6: Soil Health Field Day, Silver City

Sep. 6: Cover Crop Field Day, Kanawha

Sep. 6: Cover Crop field day, Marble Rock

Sep. 6: Southeast Research Farm Field Day, Crawfordsville

Sep. 6: Cedar River Coalition, Cedar Falls

Sep. 6: Manure Management Meeting, Ainsworth

Sep. 6: Monarch Tagging, Storm Lake

Sep. 7: Manure Management Meeting, Renwick

Sep. 10: Soil Health field day, Stanton

Sep. 13: Edge of Field Conservation Field Day, Melbourne

Sep. 13: Prairie on Farms Field Day, Dike

Sep. 18: Hypoxia Task Force, Webcast

Sep. 19: Nishnabotna Watershed Meeting, Oakland

Sep. 19: Clear Creek Watershed Planning, Oxford

Sep. 25: Soil Health Field Day, West Liberty

Latest Information:

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WOTUS Rule Resurrected by Judge

Dicamba 2018 – The Iowa Experience

Strip-till Merges Tillage and No-till Benefits 

Farmers Win Battle Against Army Corps of Engineers, Fight Not Over 

Court Orders Chlorpyrifos Use Canceled 

Researchers Can’t Explain Why Size of Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Has Decreased 

Four Timely Tips For Farmers Using Cover Crops 

Join the Search for Iowa’s Endangered Bumble Bee 

What You Need to Know About Implementing a Cover Crops Strategy

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