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2020 November Stewardship Advocate

Posted on 11/23/2020 at 10:57 AM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

Happy Thanksgiving!  We at Iowa Corn hope you had a successful harvest season and are able to safely celebrate the holiday. 

With a timely harvest, cover crops have been planted at another record pace!  The Iowa Department of Agriculture is in its fourth year of offering a $5 per acre discount on spring 2021 cash crop insurance premiums for those who plant cover crops this fall.  Get your cover crops in the ground and apply by January 15.  Click here for more information.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also offers cost share for cover crops and other conservation practices.  December 18 is the next deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Call ahead to your local soil and water conservation office to apply.  Click here for more information.  The next deadline should be sometime in March. 

Finally, the next Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign up period opens January 4 and ends February 12.  This is a great opportunity to retire some less productive land for ten years and get a rental payment in exchange for the conservation benefits.  Farm the best and conserve the rest!  Click here for more information. 

Stay safe and remember, farmers truly are stronger together. Support your fellow neighbors by filling your fridge with corn-fed meat, dairy, and eggs this holiday! 


Latest Information 

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Alliance Including Farm Groups Seeks Tax Credits to Fight Climate Change   

Try Interseeding Cover Crops Early 

New Farmers.gov Conservation Concerns Tool Provides Customized Support   

NCGA Sustainability Efforts Have a Clear Focus Gaining Momentum   

Once Skeptics, Iowa Farmers Look to Lead Fight Against Global Warming   

Patience with Cover Crops Pays Off with Profit, Protection   

Cattle and Cover Crops:  Better Together   

Carbon Initiative Rewards Farmers for Stewardship   

One Water Leadership Insights   


Upcoming Events 

December 1 Drainage Forum, Virtual 

December 1 Edge of Field Conservation, Boone & Virtual 

December 3 Edge of Field Conservation, Webster City & Virtual 

December 3-4 Cover Crop Boot Camp, Virtual 

December 8 Southfork Watershed Meeting, Iowa Falls 

December 10 Edge of Field Conservation, Gilbert & Virtual 

December 10 Integrated Pest Management, Webinar 

December 10 Wetland Goals, Virtual 

December 1 – February 4 CropsTV, Virtual 


Farmer to Farmer video 

Farmer to Farmer: Let’s Talk Heritage 

Roger Zylstra of Jasper County talks about making changes to the farm to include conservation practices as far back as the 60’s.  No till and cover crops help him manage soil erosion especially on highly erodible land.

 

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