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2020 March Stewardship Advocate

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 11:54 AM by Iowa Corn


Happy Spring!  Despite some recent snowflakes, the grass is getting greener.  Hopefully everyone can get outside and avoid cabin fever from the coronavirus outbreak.  Many events have been postponed, canceled, or moved online.  For the latest information about the outbreak, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.

USDA Service Centers will continue to be open by phone appointment only and field work will continue if appropriate. FSA and NRCS staff will continue to provide service by phone and online tools like the Conservation Client Gateway. You can find your Service Center’s phone number at https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture has canceled pesticide applicator testing through at least March 31.  Applicators who were certified through December 31, 2019 now have until the end of 2020 to maintain training or testing to renew certification.  This does not apply to individuals who are receiving pesticide applicator certification for the first time.  Click here for more information from the department.

If you are stuck inside, here are some things to do:

  • Check out this month’s video featuring our Conservation on Rented Land seminars at the Iowa Power Farming Show.  We’ve added a new webpage with resources and farmer success stories of starting conversations with their landlords about implementing conservation practices on rented land:  www.iowacorn.org/RentedLand.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is hosting weekly webinars, starting today at noon with carbonate research and carbon storage in Iowa soils. 

  • Nominations are due by May 4 for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards.  Feel free to nominate yourself, friends, and/or neighbors.  The award ceremony will be August 19 at the Iowa State Fair.  Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Events

March 25 Carbon Storage, Webinar

March 31 Soil Sessions, Webinar

March 31 Grazing Cover Crops, Webinar

April 1 NEPA Regulations, Webinar

May 26 Soil Sessions, Webinar

June 23 Soil Health Field Day, Traer

July 26-29 Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference, Des Moines

August 6-7 National Strip Tillage Conference, Omaha

September 1-3 Farm Progress Show, Boone

Farmer to Farmer Video

Farmer to Farmer:  Having the Conversation with your Landlord

Check out highlights from this year’s Iowa Power Farming Show seminar where Doug Gronau of Crawford County, Gary Petersohn of Ringgold County, and Roger Zylstra of Jasper County discussed working with landlords to implement conservation on rented land.

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