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2021 January Stewardship Advocate

Posted on January 25, 2021 at 11:17 AM by Iowa Corn


Happy New Year!   

While we welcome 2021, the pandemic continues to cause issues.  Unfortunately, Iowa Corn will not be able to host in-person seminars at this year’s Iowa Ag Expo.  But we are hosting virtual farm halls every other Friday.  Click here for more information!

Many of the winter meetings will be offered virtually including private pesticide applicator courses and the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference.  The Showcase’s environmental track will feature the Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council’s survey of farmer progress on conservation practices.  Iowa Corn is a supporter of the council. 

 Last year’s Power Farming Show conservation seminar.  Winter meetings will be very different this year with coronavirus restrictions. 

There are several cost share opportunities with quickly approaching deadlines: 

  • The deadline for Iowa’s cover crop-crop insurance discount was extended to January 27.  If you planted cover crops this fall, you may be eligible for a $5/acre discount on 2021 crop insurance.  Sign up at

  • The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has a general sign up until February 12.  New cropland applications must have been planted for four out of six crop years from 2012 to 2017.  Existing CRP contracts that expire this year can re-enroll.  Click here for more information. 

  • The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is accepting applications for 2021 funding.  The deadline is February 19.  Click here for more information.  

Finally, the Milkweed Marketplace is accepting applications for free milkweed seed for habitat restoration greater than two acres or for schools and non-profits.  Click here for more information. 

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Upcoming Events 

January 27 Rural Drinking Water Survey, Webinar 

February 3 Making Conservation Make Cents, Virtual shop talk 

February 4 Karst Topography, Virtual field day 

February 5 Edge of Field Practices, Webinar 

February 9-10 Agribusiness Showcase, Virtual 

February 11 Integrated Pest Management, Webinar 

February 11 Nebraska Cover Crop Conference, Virtual 

February 12 Carbon Market Opportunities, Webinar 

February 15 Perennial Groundcover, Virtual workshop 

February 15-19 Innovative Farmers Conference, Virtual 

February 16 Minnesota Nutrient Management Conference, Virtual 

February 17 Re-Thinking Farm Nutrients, Virtual shop talk 

February 18 Biomass for Renewable Natural Gas, Virtual 

February 23 Prairie Habitat, Webinar 

February 24 Midwest Cover Crops Council Conference, Virtual 

Farmer to Farmer 

Farmer to Farmer: Having the Conversation with your Landlord 

Since we cannot have in-person seminars at the Iowa Ag Expo, check out the highlights from last year’s seminar where Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney, Lance Lillibridge of Benton County, and Keaton Krueger of Boone County discuss working with landlords to implement conservation on rented land. 

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