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2020 December Stewardship Advocate

Posted on 12/21/2020 at 12:41 PM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

Merry Christmas!  Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and a great New Year!

The new year brings a couple of deadlines for conservation programs.  Iowa’s $5/acre crop insurance discount for planting cover crops has a January 15th deadline.  Go here for details:  www.cleanwateriowa.org/covercropdemo.

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be open for general sign ups from January 4th to February 12th.  This is a great opportunity to put unprofitable acres into habitat in exchange for CRP rental payments.  Click here for more information.  In addition to the general sign up, USDA has announced higher incentives for continuous CRP.  Sign up is open year-round for continuous CRP and targets specific practices like buffer strips.  This is another good option for unprofitable acres, especially in the floodplain.

2021 will continue the virtual meeting trend for the near-term future.  Iowa Corn is hosting a series of virtual farm hall meetings this winter to keep you up to date on our programs and policies including the January 22nd farm hall covering our conservation programs and talking to your landlord.  Click here for the full slate.

The close of 2020 brought a key decision regarding the status of the monarch butterfly.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has decided that the declining population of the monarch meets criteria for listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. However, other species face higher threats for extinction, so the monarch will be a candidate for listing with annual reviews for several years until higher priority species work is completed. Iowa Corn is a member of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium which promotes a voluntary, all-hands-on-deck approach to monarch conservation.  Click here for more information.


Latest Information

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State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Water Quality Lawsuit

Ag Retail Key to Seeding 4R Plus Practices

Biden Vows to Pay Farmers to Plant Cover Crops and Put Land in Conservation

NRCS Obligates Nearly $60 Million to Iowa Farmers in Conservation Assistance

Storm Lake to Partner with Farmers on Water Quality Goals

A Clearer Outlook for Silver Creek Thanks to Local Watershed Improvement Efforts

North American Farmers Profit as Consumers Pressure Food Business to Go Green

Peterson Introduces CRP Bill to Send Message About Climate Change

Research on Blind Inlets Shows Promise to Reduce Phosphorus Loss


Upcoming Events

January 6 Turn Red Acres Green, Webinar

January 12 Dairy Sustainability, Virtual workshop

January 12 Southfork Watershed Meeting, Iowa Falls

January 14 Integrated Pest Management, Webinar

January 14 Value of Miscanthus, Virtual field day

January 19 Soil Sessions, Webinar

January 21 Oxbow Wetlands, Virtual

January 22 Talking to Your Landlord, Virtual Farm Hall

February 4 Stacking Water Quality Practices, Virtual field day

December 1 – February 4 CropsTV, Virtual


Farmer to Farmer video

Farmer to Farmer:  Let’s Talk Wetlands

Heath Stolee of Hardin County talks about incorporating a wetland into his farm to improve his bottom line and protect water quality.

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