Iowans lead in soil conservation efforts for a sustainable future

Susan Kozak, IDALS Director of Soil Conservation and Water Quality
Posted 1/24/24

As I write this article, I am in the middle of a project looking at soil health and water quality benefits when multiple conservation practices are utilized together.  I find myself pondering different ways to implement conservation on the ground.  With its expansive fields of corn and soybeans, Iowa has long been a cornerstone of American agriculture. Now, the state is at the forefront of a movement to prioritize soil health and water quality. Farmers across Iowa are adopting conservation practices such as cover crops, no-till farming, and edge of field practices to enhance soil health, improve water quality, and boost overall productivity.

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