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Recent posts by Kayla Bergman

Fact sheet: Guide To Cover Crop Cost-Share in Iowa

Cover crops are important for building soil health and protecting Iowa’s watersheds. The average cost is $37  per acre to implement cover crops. To assist farmers and landowners interested in implementing cover crops, there are many state and federal programs available that not only provide technical assistance, they also provide financial assistance for implementation.

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Proposed legislation a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas

A recently introduced piece of legislation into the U.S. Senate is a positive step forward in addressing climate change in rural areas. 

The Growing Climate Solutions Act, intended to establish a certification program for private parties who work with producers to receive payments for carbon sequestration, comes at a critical time for the agriculture industry and the environment. 

Building on-farm resiliency reduces stress in our changing climate

Planting and emergence progress for both corn and soybeans are currently ahead of the five-year average across the Midwest. 

But, still fresh in farmers’ minds is the 2019 planting season, which was severely delayed due to record-breaking precipitation that led to flooded fields and excess soil moisture. 

According to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), on June 2, 2019, corn-producing states had completed only 67 percent of planting. In addition, NASS reported the soybean-producing states had only completed 39 percent. This was compared to 96 percent for corn and 79 percent for soybeans, on average.

Building climate resiliency story map

Climate change presents a steep challenge for rural America. Fortunately, rural communities are full of people who are committed to addressing climate change. We've mapped a few stories on climate leaders and resources.

Case studies reveal unique approaches to addressing climate change in rural areas

According to a 2019 survey conducted by the Center for Rural Affairs in Iowa, 91 percent of rural Iowans are “very or extremely concerned” by climate change affecting their lives. Of those individuals having an elevated concern level, many are taking steps to address it. 

The climate leaders in these case studies have taken action in their own ways. 

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