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|CONSERVATION COUNTS ON EARTH DAY AND EVERY DAY FOR IOWA FARMERS|
|News Releases - Environment & Weather|
|Written by Laurie Johns|
|Monday, 22 April 2013 15:14|
Virtual Tours Show Progress of Iowa Farmers
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 19, 2013 – Iowans can see how today’s farmers are always seeking new ways to protect the land and water, while providing a wide array of food choices for consumers, by taking virtual farm tours. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is launching ‘Conservation Counts’ (www.iowafarmbureau.com/
“Conservation methods are different on every farm because the terrain is different, the soils are different and the crops we grow are diverse. So when it comes to conservation, forcing a one-size-fits-all approach would be a detriment to the progress we need to make in protecting the land and water,” said IFBF President Craig Hill.
“Today’s responsible farmers are always looking for new ways to help them not only maintain but improve the integrity of their land and watersheds. Some farmers plant trees (http://www.supportfarmers.
Voluntary conservation measures have brought progress. In the last 30 years, soil erosion in the U.S. has been reduced by 43 percent, according to the USDA’s National Resources Inventory report. Iowa’s erosion rate was down 33 percent, thanks to a combination of practices being put in place, such as buffer strips, terraces, no-till, cover crops, restoring wetlands, installing bio-filters and grassy waterways in fields. Today’s responsible farmers continue to search for new ways to protect the land and watershed; seven major conservation practices used on Iowa farms are estimated to remove as much as 28 percent of the nitrate, 38 percent of the total nitrogen, and up to 58 percent of the phosphorus that otherwise would be present, according to the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development’s Conservation Practices in Iowa: Historical Investments, Water Quality and Gaps.
“Farming is never a one-year proposition. It’s something we do over time and we are continually learning. It’s never static; you always want to be getting as much information as you can, and then putting it to work on your farm,” said Ankeny farmer, Mark Kenney, who uses no-till, has restored grasslands on his farm and this year is taking more land out of production to plant new grassy buffer strips to reduce erosion on his Nevada-area farmland.
Learn more about how today’s responsible farmers embrace new conservation methods by checking out ‘Conservation Counts’ at www.iowafarmbureau.com/
About Iowa Farm Bureau
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improve their quality of life. More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve economic growth, educational improvement, and environmental quality in their communities. For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.
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