Posted on 12/23/2019 at 07:45 AM by Iowa Corn
While Iowa snowbirds are finishing their migration south, the monarch butterfly arrived in its Mexico wintering grounds months ago. Unfortunately, the monarch is in trouble, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide one year from now whether to list the species as endangered potentially unleashing regulations to protect the species. These regulations could seriously affect herbicide and insecticide use.
The good news is that a variety of habitat restoration efforts have been taken across all land uses including urban and rural. We need to document these efforts by May 2020 so the Fish and Wildlife Service can take them into account in its listing decision. Here are a few options to have your efforts count:
The monarch caterpillars only feed on milkweed, making it an important plant for habitat restorations.
In other news, there are a couple cost share programs with upcoming deadlines:
Finally, be sure to find Iowa Corn at these and other events this winter:
Happy New Year!
January 3-30 Crop Advantage Series, 14 locations across Iowa
January 7 CRP Workshop, Tipton
January 7 CRP Workshop, Keosauqua
January 7-8 WMT Ag Expo, Cedar Rapids
January 14 Options for Flooding Streams Workshop, Tipton
January 15 Clear Creek Watershed Meeting, Coralville
January 16 Middle Cedar Watershed Meeting, Cedar Falls
January 16 Farming for the Future Conference, Ames
January 28 Soil Testing Workshop, Winterset
January 28 Soil Sessions, Webinar
January 28-30 Iowa Power Farming Show, Des Moines
Farmer to Farmer: Let’s Talk Why Technology Matters
Denny Friest of Hardin County talks about how technology improves efficiency and nutrient management for economic and environmental benefits.