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FEBRUARY 2019 STEWARDSHIP ADVOCATE UPDATE

Posted on 02/26/2019 at 08:57 AM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

 

Hopefully you’ve been able to dig out of all this snow without any issues.  March should thaw the snow, right?  Here are four opportunities for you to consider in the next month:

 

  • March 15th is the next batching date for federal cost share programs like EQIP and RCPP. Applications for these programs are taken year-round, but the batching date is when NRCS ranks the applications for funding selection. Smithfield has a new RCPP project in Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Winnebago, and Wright counties. If you live in these counties, be sure to check with your local NRCS office for additional funding.

 

  • March 27th is media training at Iowa Corn. Traditionally, we offer this to our board and committee members, but this year we are offering some spots to Stewardship Advocates. If you’re interested in understanding the news media and learning interview skills, email me at bgleason@iowacorn.org for more information and to claim a spot. First-come, first-serve for these limited spots!

 

  • The Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program is ramping up efforts to address pests such as weeds, insects, and diseases that adapt and become resistant to control methods. Pilot projects bring together local members of the ag community to battle resistance together. We are looking for farmers who are interested in starting pilot projects in their counties to delay or prevent resistance and preserve pest management tools for long term profitability. Email me at bgleason@iowacorn.org if you’re interested in getting involved.

                                                                                           

  • The Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) is a free, voluntary, and confidential tool to assist farmers in their conservation planning and determine what conservation practices will benefit your fields the most. Free one-hour RSET evaluations are available. For more info, contact Barb Stewart at bstewart@nfudc.org or 641-521-7981.

 


FARMER TO FARMER: cOVER cROPS AND THE SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP

                                                                     

Black Hawk County farmer Nick Meier discusses his use of cover crops and his involvement with the Soil Health Partnership.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Feb. 28: Middle Cedar Watershed Meeting, Toddville

Mar. 5: Research Farm Annual Meeting, Nashua

Mar. 5: Cover Crop Field Day, Beaman

Mar. 6: Southfork Watershed Alliance, Iowa Falls

Mar. 6: Research Farm Annual Meeting, Kanawha

Mar. 7: Research Farm Annual Meeting, Iowa City

Mar. 12-13: Iowa Water Conference, Ames

Mar. 20: Nishnabotna Watershed Meeting, Oakland

Mar. 20-21: National Cover Crop Summit, Online event

Mar. 21: Upper Iowa Watershed Meeting, Decorah

Mar. 27: Iowa Corn Day on the Hill, Des Moines


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Making a Difference With One Simple Cover Crop

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