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Increasing rates of cover crop use on rented ground is the next frontier in improving water quality, promoting soil health and improving farmers’ resilience and not all of this rented land is privately owned. Local, state, and federal agencies own a large amount of land in the U.S. for the purpose of protecting natural resources and providing public infrastructure […]

November 15, 2017 

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Today I’d like to introduce you to two farmers: Jenny Quiner and Dusty Farnsworth. Jenny runs a ¼ acre urban vegetable farm in Des Moines while Dusty farms several hundred acres of organic and conventional row crops with integrated hogs and cattle. What do these two have in common besides their membership in Practical Farmers […]

March 1, 2017 

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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 

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The Farm Bill is rolling again. Last week, versions of the bill moved through the House and Senate Ag committees in the process called “mark-up.” Iowa is uniquely poised with 3 of our congressfolk on these committees (Grassley & Harkin in the Senate; King in the House), so our Action Alert crew was called in […]

May 22, 2013 

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ACTION NEEDED—MAKE A CALL TO SUPPORT WORKING LANDS CONSERVATION Farmers and the environment both benefit from federal conservation programs. Farmers count on them to conserve soil for future generations, keep water and air clean, and create habitat for wildlife – all while farming profitably. As one farmer who uses the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) put […]

April 2, 2013 

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Its not too late. CALL TODAY. Support Beginning Farmers. URGE IOWA’S Senators to support the Brown-Nelson Amendment to support Beginning Farmers. Calls to Jared Hill with Senator Grassley’s office or Mark Halverson with Harkin’s office to support the Brown-Nelson Amendment is all that’s needed. Call Grassley at: 202-224-3744 or Harkin at 202-224-3254 Specifically supports: ***Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program […]

June 4, 2012 

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CAll Congressman Latham Today to support Smart Conservation. Farmers and the environment alike get a big leg up from conservation programs.  Farmers count on them to conserve soil for future generations, keep water and air clean, and create habitat for wildlife – all while farming profitably.  Programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) help farmers […]

May 29, 2012 

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PFI and Savings Incentive Program member Ethan Book traveled with other beginning farmers from across the US to DC last week to speak with Senators and Congressmen and the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan about improving and continuing to support Beginning Farmer programs. To read more check out NSAC’s blog http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/bfr-visit-dc-june-2011/    

June 20, 2011 

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Four PFI farmers attended Clean Water Week organized by the Clean Water Network the first week of March in Washington D.C. Farmers presented at a Capitol Hill briefing about how their farming systems affect water quality and how current incentives decrease water quality. Nathan Anderson gave a well received presentation about returning the farm, working […]

March 5, 2011 

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Several Farm Bill Conservation programs will have sign-up deadlines in early 2011. Listed in order of deadline are the programs below plus a link to more information about each program from the Iowa NRCS’ website. CSP 01/07/2011 (Conservation Stewardship Program) EQIP 01/21/2011 (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) WHIP 01/21/2011 (Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program) EQIP OI 03/04/2011 […]

December 20, 2010 

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