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News and features about soil, water, and wildlife conservation on agricultural lands.

Make CRP Pay By: 11/11/2015 @ 11:11am

John Walter of Ankeny, Iowa, doesn’t enroll in conservation programs solely for the environmental benefit. He also enrolls for the economic benefit. “On my family farm, we’re trying to balance our land…

Build Wildlife Habitat on Your Land By: 11/10/2015 @ 3:19pm

By Jodi HenkeWhen farmland is healthy, there is a balanced ecosystem with plenty of native plants and habitat for wildlife. This is called biodiversity, and all landowners can do something to improve…

New Tool Cheaply, Efficiently Captures Nitrates By: 11/05/2015 @ 3:02pm

When Iowa State University researchers asked Justin Hanson about installing a saturated buffer strip on his farm near Roland, Iowa, his first concern, naturally, was if it would hurt his nearby crops. “First…

Converting Low-Producing Land to Habitat By: 09/23/2015 @ 1:35pm

Strolling across Pete Berthelsen’s land in central Nebraska, you glimpse an agricultural heaven. His shop, surrounded by beautiful native prairie plantings, is flanked by clean, flat cornfields on the east…

Hunting Lodge Adds Income, Recreation for Farm Family By: 09/23/2015 @ 9:22am

In the famed Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin, crops hug the contours of high bluffs and low valleys in storybook fashion. The bulging bluffs and winding draws of the Driftless are unique to the Upper…

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