In a Nutshell
• Wild bird populations can thrive in
properly managed working landscapes.
• Cattle activity changes grassland structure;
creating areas with short and tall
vegetation, which provides habitat that
is less available in conservation areas.
• Rotationally grazed pastures have
the capacity to support greater bird
populations, for some species, than
conservation areas that are not grazed.
• Restored prairie in a conservation area
supported 285 birds of 21 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial pasture
supported 553 birds of 22 species.
• Rotationally grazed perennial+annual
pasture supported 524 birds of 28
• Pastures better supported some birds
that have conservation implications,
than the restored prairie.
December 6, 2016
August 9, 2016
The government can be a big scary, hairy machine sometimes. But don’t let that fear stop you from taking advantage of great programs that are offered to assist farmers, especially small farmers. Behind each government program there’s a team of people that want to help you succeed. Here are some highlights of different resources that the […]
May 18, 2016
Dick Sloan farms near Rowley in northeastern Iowa. For the past two years, he has conducted on-farm research on soybeans grown from neonicotinoid-treated and untreated seeds, and found no differences in yield. As a result, he has been able to cut input costs on his farm. Matt O’Neal, research entomologist at Iowa State University, will discuss recent research on the possible negative impacts of neonicotinoids, along with management alternatives for growers.
March 9, 2016
Paul Willis of Thornton hosted the Summer Solstice Picnic on the Prairie, a joint Niman Ranch and Practical Farmers of Iowa event at his farm and prairie on June 20. Paul is the founding hog farmer of Niman Ranch, a network of American farmers and ranchers seeking to raise livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainable. Over […]
June 25, 2015
Explore legal issues pertinent to beginning farmers, including farm succession, the transition of land and assets to the next generation, custom grazing legal questions and writing farm leases.
March 11, 2014
The regional Risk Management Agency for Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin in St. Paul, MN just released documents to further clarify how to best insure your corn, soybeans or other cash crops following a cover crop. New information shows that grazing livestock on a cover crop or harvesting that cover crop for silage or hay while […]
January 21, 2014
July 22, 2013
This is a guest post by ISU students Caroline Oliveira, Gabrielle Roesch and Maria Van Der Maaten, summarizing research they conducted in fall 2012 for a class through the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Biodiversity is absolutely essential for a healthy ecosystem and some would argue it is vital for long-term […]
June 5, 2013
July 13, 2012