02.17.2020 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that five Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) located in Eastern Iowa have been awarded grant money to increase the scope of ongoing water quality improvement projects. The Benton, Black Hawk, Clayton, Winneshiek and Washington County Soil & Water Conservation Districts will receive a combined total of $4.1 million over the next three years.


01.30.20 - Ames, Iowa, January 30, 2020 –Conservation Learning Group (CLG), a think tank based at Iowa State University and dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges, announced the recent expansion of its multidisciplinary team of researchers and experts with the addition of Dr. William “Billy” Beck, assistant professor Natural Resource Ecology and Management at ISU and Extension Forestry specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and Dr. Kay Stefanik, assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) at ISU.

01.21.20 - AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00 p.m. with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

01.14.2020 - Ames, IA - The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University launches a set of seminars on “Water Research Past, Present and Future,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22. The sessions will take place from 3:10-4:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for May, when a field tour will be held on the third Wednesday. Sessions January through April will be held in Elings Hall, Room 1306, on the Iowa State campus.

01.09.20 – Ames, IA - The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals for research projects to improve and enhance the nation’s water supply and availability and promote the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. For the 2020 National Competitive Grants Program, proposals must address one of four priority areas:

01.07.20 - AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. about the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

12.20.19 - Ankeny, Iowa and Arden Hills, Minnesota – The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and Truterra, LLC have been awarded $1.5 million in funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to accelerate the adoption of precision nutrient management and soil health practices in partnership with agricultural retailers in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. SWCS is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. Truterra, formerly Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, is the sustainability solutions business of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives.

12.18.19 - ANKENY, IOWA — Do you know an outstanding watershed coordinator in Iowa? These dedicated professionals are key players in advancing and implementing Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) and Water Quality Initiative (WQI). The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) wants your help in recognizing these individuals.

12.04.19 - AMES, Iowa— Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 18 at 12:00 p.m. about opportunities for the restoration of farmland wildlife in Iowa.

11.22.19 - ALBUQUERQUE  — Today, at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Administrator Ken McQueen will announce the availability of $4.8 million in funding to expand research on managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in rural America and the agricultural sector. This funding is a part of EPA’s extensive efforts to help communities address the larger issue of PFAS nationwide. In a memorandum issued in February 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called for the agency to prioritize new federal research that will help farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by generating new scientifically-driven information on PFAS, potential PFAS impacts in agricultural settings, and actions people can take to address PFAS in their communities.

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