Tammy and Darwin’s families go way back, having farmed together in central Iowa for generations. Their working relationship, built on trust and shared goals to be productive and right by the land, has allowed them to work together to start using cover crops and other conservation practices on their ground. Recognizing that cover crops can reduce input costs and maintain productive land for future generations, they continue to look for new opportunities to manage for soil health. Tammy Deal is a member of Women Food and Agriculture Network’s Stewardship Ambassador Program, which focuses on equipping women landowners to be advocates for conservation farming on their land and in their communities.

For more information:

National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Champions
Women, Food & Agriculture Network

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Adam Reimer • February 7, 2023