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Coalition of 243 groups pushes Congress on farm bill

More than 240 groups from around the country urged Congress to approve a "full and fair" farm bill this summer and "without further delay." The groups, including SWCS, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the National Family Farm Coalition, said such a farm...

source: AgriPulse
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Continuous systems, defined as continually producing a crop on the same parcel of land for more than three years, is thought to reduce yields. Given that crop rotations and soil amendments (cover crops and poultry litter) may alleviate issues associated with continuous cropping,...

source: American Society of Agronomy via Phys.org

If you farm in the Des Moines Lobe, you know a thing or two about growing corn and soybeans in prairie potholes. They don't usually yield as much as other parts of your field and they can often cause planting to be delayed in the spring....

source: Iowa Learning Farms

One of the bigger and potentially costlier program shifts being pitched for the next farm bill revolves around what to do about the Conservation Reserve Program. The last two farm bills passed by Congress during the commodity...

source: The Progressive Farmer

The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examined trends in farming practices and strategies since 2013, the year the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was started. The farm poll survey listed a number of nutrient loss reduction practices, as well as some practices that are...

source: Wallaces Farmer

Iowa's got a water quality problem, and cover crops could help. But it will mean convincing 50,000 corn and soy farmers to diversify their fields.

source: The New Food Economy

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet. Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more...

source: The Washington Post


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