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SEPTEMBER 2019 STEWARDSHIP ADVOCATE UPDATE

Posted on 09/24/2019 at 09:19 AM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

 

While harvest is just ramping up, there is a post-harvest opportunity for cover crop farmers to learn about the latest cover crop research in Iowa, hone your cover crop message to share with others, and take away new ideas about cover crops. The Iowa Cover Crop Boot Camp will be December 18-19 in Ames. Get on the invite list here.

 

Speaking of cover crops, the Iowa cover crop – crop insurance demonstration project enters its third year.  The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide $5 per acre for cover crops that will be provided to the USDA Risk Management Agency as a crop insurance premium discount.  The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020 for cover crops planted this summer or fall. Click here for more information.

 

Finally, in response to this year’s flooding in Iowa, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for conservation easements on ag land damaged by flooding. The deadline is October 18, and funding is limited. This may be a good option for land that is repeatedly damaged by flooding and maintains private ownership of your property. Click here for more information.

                                                                                           


FARMER TO FARMER: LET'S TALK WHY CONSERVATION MATTERS

 

Ralph Lents of Adair County talks about why conservation matters on his farm and how he uses cover crops for livestock.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sept. 25: Cover Crop Field Day, Sharpsburg

Sept. 29: Landowner Forum, Marion

Oct. 2: Extreme Weather Symposium, Des Moines

Oct. 8: Southfork Watershed Meeting, Iowa Falls

Oct. 16: Clear Creek Watershed Meeting, Coralville

Oct.18: North Raccoon Watershed Meeting, Lake City

Dec. 4-5: Integrated Crop Management Conference, Ames

Dec. 18-19: Cover Crop Boot Camp, Ames


 

LATEST INFORMATION:

Iowa Project Gains National Recognition

EPA, US Army Repeal 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the US Ending Regulatory Patchwork

Judge:  Suit Over Farm Pollution of Raccoon River May Proceed

Cover Crops:  Which One Should I Choose?

Plan Ahead to Minimize Soil Compaction During Harvest

Court:  EPA Must Consider Environmental Impact When Setting Ethanol Mandate

Carney:  Commissioners Seek Law Requiring More Land Between Crops and Waterways

Corps of Engineers Official:  Missouri River Flood Control Measures Need to Be Changed

Cover Crops Are Moving in from the Fringe

Study Led by Iowa State University Takes New Look at Monarch Numbers

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