On the Radio: Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard 2013


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the newly updated Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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2013 Nutrient Management Standard released in Iowa


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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the new Iowa Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard – the guiding document for implementing nutrient management plans for Iowa farmers.

To learn more, follow the link above, or head over to the National Hog Farmer website.

On the Radio: Cover Crops Work


 

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the success of cover crop practices in conservation farming. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

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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

USDA announces $6 million wetlands project in Iowa


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday plans to spend $6 million on improvements to the Raccoon and Des Moines river watersheds.

The project, called the North Raccoon River Wetland Initiative, aims to improve wildlife habitat and water quality in the area while also taking measures to prevent flooding.

In total, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will spend $32 million to restore wetlands in seven states across the Mississippi River Basin.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.