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2021 November Stewardship Advocate

Posted on November 24, 2021 at 11:40 AM by Amanda Fortman


November 2021 


Happy Thanksgiving! A perfect time to be thankful for the best soils in the world and our bountiful harvest! 


In Washington, DC, the Build Back Better legislation passed the House with substantial resources to protect our soils including $5 billion for a new cover crop initiative at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) that provides $25/acre cost share for cover crops and a $5/acre incentive to landlords. Expect some changes to the legislation from the Senate. 


Also from D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Army (Army Corps of Engineers) have proposed a rule to go back to the pre-2015 definition of “Waters of the US” which determines federal jurisdiction for water bodies regulated by the Clean Water Act. This repeals the Navigable Waters Protection Rule from the previous administration while the agency drafts a new rule next year.  


Carbon markets continue to be a hot topic especially after the global climate summit. Additional resources continue to be developed to help understand the potential opportunities. Here are a few resources: 


  • The North Central Water Region Water Network hosted a webinar that can be viewed here


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With harvest wrapped up, there are plenty of opportunities coming up to learn more about carbon markets, soil health, cover crops, nutrient management and more! Be sure to check these out: 



Latest Information 

Carbon Farming Opportunities Beckon Farmers 

Oxbows – To Restore or Not Restore? 

Emphasize 4R Plus Practices in Cash Rent Discussions 

‘Additionality’ Issue Keeps Some Farmers Out of Carbon Markets 

Nitrogen Management Key to Corn Success Following Rye 

Nitrous Oxide is a Powerful Greenhouse Gas – and It’s Time to Pay Attention to It 

What’s the Story with Regenerative Agriculture and Regenerative Ranching? 

Survey:  Carbon Market Interest Continues but Participation is Relatively Low 

Focus on Biology Pushes Soil Health and No-Till System to Next Level 

Waiting on N May Help with Rising Costs 



Upcoming Events 

December 1-2 Integrated Crop Management Conference, Ames 

December 6-7 The Big Soil Health Event, Riverside 

December 7 Ag Chemical Dealer Update, Nevada 

December 7 Coffee & Conservation, Waverly 

December 8 Carbon Sequestration, Chariton 

December 9 Conservation on Tap, Sibley 

December 15 Ag Chemical Dealer Update, Coralville 

December 15 Coffee & Conservation, Greenfield 

December 16 Cover Crop Field Day, Virtual 

January 4 Crop Advantage Series, Sheldon 

January 5 Crop Advantage Series, Storm Lake 

January 6 Crop Advantage Series, Burlington 

January 9-11 LICA Annual Convention, Des Moines 

January 11 Crop Advantage Series, Okoboji 

January 12 Crop Advantage Series, Ankeny 

January 13 Crop Advantage Series, Cedar Falls 

January 14 Crop Advantage Series, Mason City 

January 18 Crop Advantage Series, Chariton 

January 19 Crop Advantage Series, Webster City 

January 20 Crop Advantage Series, Atlantic 

January 21 Crop Advantage Series, Davenport 

January 25 Crop Advantage Series, Coralville 

January 26 Crop Advantage Series, Le Mars 

January 27 Crop Advantage Series, Denison 



Farmer to Farmer video 

Farmer to Farmer:  Success with Cover Crops 


At a field day panel discussion, Iowa farmers share their successes with cover crops including reduced erosion and compaction and improved water quality, organic matter, and biological activity. 


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