Posted on 03/23/2021 at 03:51 PM by Iowa Corn
MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER
Spring is finally here, and fields are greening up with cover crops!
President Biden has been in office for two months and much attention has been paid towards climate change. One of his first Executive Orders recognized the important role farmers play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon in the soil. The order directs Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to solicit input from stakeholders as USDA develops a climate-smart ag approach. USDA is asking for public comments until April 30. Click here for more information.
Speaking of USDA, its field offices are slowly reopening, so make sure you call or email your local USDA Service Center ahead of time. USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is accepting renewal applications until March 31. Click here for more information.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup, previously ending on February 12, has been extended indefinitely as the new administration considers ways to increase enrollment. CRP offers a rental payment that can help increase farm profitability by enrolling poorly producing acres. Click here for more information.
Finally, nominations are being accepted until May 3 for this year’s Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards. Nominees should be actively adopting conservation practices on their farms and be leaders in the agriculture community. Click here for more information.
March 24 Economic Considerations on Cover Crops, Webinar
March 24 Soil Carbon Dynamics, Webinar
March 26 Rootworm Management, Webinar
March 30 Soil Sessions, Webinar
March 31 Wetlands and Pollinators, Webinar
April 1 Cover Crop Decision Tool, Webinar
April 6-8 Iowa Water Conference, Virtual
April 7-8 Conservation Drainage Network Annual Meeting, Virtual
April 8 Integrated Pest Management, Webinar
April 15 Cover Crop Impacts on Water Quality, Virtual
Checkoff Investments in Conservation
From this winter’s farm hall webinar, Ben Gleason, Senior Manager of Sustainable Programs, discusses Iowa Corn’s investments in conservation programs. Click here to watch recordings of all of Iowa Corn’s farm hall webinars.