Weekly Column

Farmers count on neighbors to shop at markets

Some family farms have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Katie Jantzen is one such farmer. The fifth generation on her family farm, she grows produce, some of it to sell at farmers markets.

Farmers markets stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh, healthy food, promote sustainable farming practices that protect our water and soil, and preserve our farmland. However, none of these benefits are possible without farmers like Katie.

Enroll in Conservation Reserve Programs by Aug. 23

Farmers and ranchers with expiring contracts with the Conservation Reserve Program, or who are interested in enrolling land in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) should take note of an upcoming deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency has announced the deadline to enroll in either the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP) or CCRP is set for Aug. 23, 2019.

Cover crops harvest date moved to Sept. 1 

In a win for both farmers and conservation efforts, this year’s cover crops final harvest date has been shifted to Sept. 1. This new date applies to silage, haylage, and baleage in addition to haying and grazing. 

The announcement comes after members of Congress took action to defend farmers planting cover crops on prevented plant acres.

Poll showcases Iowans’ 2020 must-have list

With less than eight months from the Iowa caucuses, voters are beginning to think about the issues their candidate must support to gain their vote. Iowa is an important state for not only the candidates themselves, but voters throughout the U.S. This is because Iowa is the first state to weigh in on candidates from each party, and is one of the states that candidates look to when deciding whether or not to stay in the race.

A 7-step recipe for a community garden

A community garden is a way to grow delicious, fresh produce and to bring together neighbors and community members. A community garden also requires buy-in from the community, proactive planning, and ongoing maintenance.

Every community is unique, and every garden has different needs and ingredients for success. Here are tips for a successful, sustainable community garden:

1. Plan ahead. Don’t feel like you need to plant all at once. Space plantings so you have a harvest most weeks.

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