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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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, …

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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 …

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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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Meet the Cover Crop Champions

Last year NWF began a new program for cover crop expert farmers and agricultural professionals, called the “Cover Crop Champions.” The champions receive small grants to pay the cost of …

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