The Roots of National Wildlife Federation’s Agriculture Work
Wait… The National Wildlife Federation works in agriculture? This is a question the NWF Land Stewardship team answers often. Yes! NWF has been working to support farmers and agricultural conservation … Read more
Conservation Champions: Farmers Leading From the Ground Up
Cover crops and other conservation agriculture practices have an array of benefits that support soil health, crop production, water quality, and farm resilience. Despite these numerous and well demonstrated benefits, … Read more
A Helping Hand: Conservation on Farms Yields Wins for Wildlife & Our Climate
Conservation farming improves water quality and nutrient retention, reduces soil erosion, increases productivity, and can even mitigate the harsh impacts of climate change. These practices include keeping soil planted between … Read more
Fighting Climate Change on the Farm
There has been a lot of buzz lately about the idea of planting a trillion trees globally to fight climate change by drawing carbon dioxide out of the air. Reforestation … Read more
Become a Cover Crop Champion!
Imagine driving around Iowa in December. You are driving by open corn and soybean fields. Some of them are brown and empty fields, but some are covered in green. However … Read more
Why You Should Use No Till and Cover Crops This Planting Season
It’s that time of year again when farmers’ hearts begin to beat a little faster in anticipation of the spring planting rush. Across rural America, farmers excitedly prepare tractors and planters, finalize … Read more
Are Cover Crops an Underground Climate Change Solution?
Good news! A recent study from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences measured how much carbon can be sequestered by cover crops. Researchers found that – if we all stepped up … Read more
Researchers Recognize Conservation Agriculture’s Benefits
For the first time, a land grant university has recognized the benefits of a conservation practice to productivity and is changing recommended fertilizer rates accordingly. Read more
Romance and “Reality” in Rural America
Did you hear? Chris Soules, the heartthrob fan-favorite farmer from last season’s The Bachelorette will be next season’s Bachelor. Chris stole the hearts of the viewing audience with his family-first, … Read more
Myth Busted: Cover Crops and Soil Temperatures
We’ve all probably heard the old fact that cover crops result in colder, wetter soils. It seems this myth has been around amazingly longer than cover crops themselves. It is … Read more
Opportunity is Growing on America’s farms
I live in a big city now, but I grew up in a small town. Farms and rolling fields, pastures and paddocks, corn and combines. Those were the good ol’ …
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Evidence Builds: No Till and Cover Crops Make Working Lands More Wildlife-Friendly
In late April, when the snow finally receded (I didn’t think spring would ever get here), I decided to take a walk through my field that was winter wheat last …
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