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2021 April Stewardship Advocate

Posted on 04/27/2021 at 11:25 AM by Iowa Corn

MONTHLY UPDATE FROM BEN GLEASON, IOWA CORN SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS MANAGER

April 2021

Happy #Plant2021!  We’re looking forward to a new growing season and a summer back to normal.

What are you looking forward to this summer?  Iowa Corn sponsors many events such as field days throughout the summer, and we want to know what you want to see at a field day near you.  Click here for a very quick survey of potential field day topics.  If you’re willing to host a field day, let us know!  We can get the Big Show to do a live radio broadcast of their show at your farm’s field day.

There are a couple of immediate cost share opportunities we want to get on your radar.

  • May 7 is the next deadline for USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  This program provides financial incentives for conservation practices such as cover crops, no-till, terraces, and grassed waterways.  Contact your local soil and water conservation district to apply.  Click here for more information. 

  • USDA has announced higher payment rates and incentives for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  This program can provide payments to establish perennial vegetation in unprofitable areas such as wet spots or highly erodible land.  Click here for more information.

Finally, follow the 4R Plus farmers this cropping season to see the variety of conservation practices that work for them to achieve their soil health and water quality goals while reaching top-end yields.  Go to:  https://4rplus.org/iowa-crop-reports/.


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Upcoming Events

April 28 Pheasants & Cover Crops, Virtual

April 29 Estimating Greenhouse Gas Benefits, Virtual

May 3 Monarch CCAA, Virtual

May 3 Alternative Forages, Ottumwa

May 4 Alternative Forages, Amana

May 12 Big Questions in Land Management, Virtual

May 19 Soil Management & Land Valuation Conference, Virtual

May 24-25 Roots of Ag Productivity, Virtual


Farmer to Farmer video

Farmer to Farmer:  Leaving a Legacy of Soil Health

Kevin Ross of Pottawattamie County shares what soil health means to him and encourages other farmers to give it a shot and make changes on your farm.

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