IDALS opens nomination for Conservation Farmer of the Year

February 16, 2016

IDALS opens nomination for Conservation Farmer of the Year

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has opened nominations for the Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. The statewide award goes to a farmer who makes outstanding contributions to soil conservation and water quality. The award is co-sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The winner gets the free use of a
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February 12, 2016

USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Awards $9.5 Million for Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership

Project will leverage $4.75 million in state funding and $33 million from the private sector to expand water quality efforts DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Sean McMahon, Executive Director of Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), today said that the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has awarded $9.5 million to the
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January 27, 2016

Cover Crop Categories: Brassicas

As cover crops grow in popularity, there are many questions to consider when first getting started.  Cover crops can provide many benefits including improved soil health and reduced soil and nutrient loss.  Some species are better suited for Iowa’s weather and growing season than others.  To help make species selection decisions a little easier, we
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January 23, 2016

Iowa snags $97 million water quality, flood grant

Iowa’s efforts to tackle water quality and flood challenges got a $97 million boost from a federal grant announced Thursday. Gov. Terry Branstad, state and local leaders, including the city of Dubuque, are expected to gather Friday afternoon at the Statehouse to discuss the grant. “The money will help accelerate flood reduction and water quality efforts in some
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January 22, 2016

Iowa cities share piece of $97M water quality grant

Dubuque, Coralville and Storm Lake will receive about $40 million of a nearly $97 million federal grant the state received to tackle flooding and water quality challenges, officials said at press conference Friday. Much of the remainder of the money will be used to target flood and water quality improvements in nine watersheds across the state.
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January 16, 2016

Stowe needs to get his story straight

By Don Kass According to CEO Bill Stowe, it is the job of the Des Moines Water Works to “protect the surface waters of our state from unfettered degradation.” [Stowe: When Iowa’s water quality reached turning point, Jan. 10] Which is interesting, as before he has said that the lawsuit was simply a “business decision,” and
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January 11, 2016

USDA adds support to improve Iowa nutrient management and water quality

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a host of new efforts to help Iowa’s farmers and livestock producers conserve water and soil resources and improve nutrient management practices on the state’s 30 million acres of farmland. Vilsack said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will expand access to USDA’s signature conservation programs for Iowa producers, making
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December 20, 2015

Northey: Water quality progress requires cooperation

Bill Northey is Iowa secretary of agriculture and a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake.  I shook my head when I read the Register’s editorial Dec. 6 titled “Don’t blame God for water woes.” Unfortunately, the Register continues to misunderstand or misrepresent the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was unveiled in 2012, before
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December 6, 2015

Soil conservation program draws 1,904 farmers

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reports that 1,904 farmers installed conservation practices such as terraces this year as part of the state’s cost-share program. The state spent $9.8 million on the projects, with farmers adding $12.8 million for a total of $22.6 million. The projects also included management practices, grassed waterways, grade
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December 4, 2015

Column: Lawsuit can detract from water goals

By Christine Hensley Water quality represents an important issue for Iowa as a whole, something that both rural and urban citizens must collaboratively approach. Most are aware that Des Moines Water Works has sued three northwest Iowa drainage districts, placing blame squarely on upstream agriculture for nitrate in major Iowa waterways. A lawsuit, however, is
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