USDA Conservation Grant to Improve Iowa’s Soil Health


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided grants to Iowa several groups with a target of improving the health of the state’s soil.

“Even though many of the projects focus on soil health, they do it in very different ways, from researching innovative ways to create healthier soil to conservation lease agreements to finding cover crop seed solutions,” said Jay Mar, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist. Continue reading

Iowa Researchers Receive USDA Conservation Innovation Grants


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Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday that Iowa will be involved  in four of 33 Conservation Innovation Grants.

One of the grants that involves Iowa will go towards a multi-state Conservation Technology Information Center. The center will focus on providing information to expand on the benefits that cover crops can provide. The economic benefits to landowners, the environmental benefits that can accrue, as well as the crop production and ag management benefits that accrue from cover crop production, said Vilsack.  Continue reading