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2020 September Stewardship Advocate

Posted on 09/22/2020 at 04:49 PM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

Harvest is underway!  Unfortunately for many farmers, the drought and derecho will cause problems this fall.  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has designated many counties as primary natural disaster areas, providing USDA resources to those impacted by the derecho.  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering $4 million in financial assistance for farmers in 42 counties affected by the derecho.  October 2 is the deadline to apply, click here for more information.

For assistance with windbreak damage, state cost share is available.  The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers also offers support.  With harvest underway, cover crops and nitrification inhibitors for fall anhydrous ammonia will be applied soon.  Cost share is available from the Water Quality Initiative.  Expect an announcement soon about Iowa’s crop insurance discount for cover crops ($5/acre).

Soil and Water Conservation District offices are in varying stages of reopening.  Be sure to call ahead as you consider applying for these programs.  Click here for your local office’s contact information.


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Post-Harvest is a Great Time to Establish Pollinator Habitat

USDA Updates Conservation Provisions for Highly Erodible Land and Wetlands

USDA Extends Signup Deadline for New Conservation Pilot Program in Prairie Pothole Region


Upcoming Events

September 23 Harmful Algal Blooms, Webinar

September 24 Manure Application Considerations, Webinar

September 29 Soil Sessions, Webinar

October 1 Hypoxia Task Force Meeting, Virtual

October 19 Biogas Conference, Virtual

October 28 Conservation Decision-Making, Webinar

November 18 Flood Mitigation, Webinar

November 18-19 Sustainable Ag Summit, Virtual

December 2-3 Integrated Crop Management Conference, Ames


Farmer to Farmer video

Wetland Field Day Recap

Heath Stolee and family farm in Hardin county and hosted a field day showcasing their recently constructed wetland.  The family utilized the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), and key policy makers including Secretary Perdue and Governor Reynolds learned about CREP wetlands at the field day. 

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