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Conservation Central - 2014 Farm Progress Show

2014 Conservation Central Information

Who is Conservation Central?

For nearly 20 years, a group of Iowa agencies and non-profit organizations have joined efforts to host Conservation Central at the Farm Progress Show. The goal was to provide a “one-stop-shopping” location for show visitors to get conservation-related information, as well have a little fun. Here’s a rundown of the Conservation Central participants and a little bit about what they do and how they can help:

Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District: One of the 100 Iowa SWCDs, Boone County will be unveiling their new Mobile Soil Health Lab. Come see soil tests displayed on a large flat screen, live cover crop roots in clear grow tubes and other visuals of conservation practices.

Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) works through the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts and 500 elected Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to provide farmers with information about conservation practices so they can make the best decisions for their farm. CDI will host a cover crop plot on the north side of Conservation Central. CDI staff and cover crop farmers will be available all three days to answer questions about how they are using cover crops on their farm.

Iowa Agriculture Development Division serves the state through beginning farmer loans, beginning famer tax credits and a loan participation program, which assists low-income farmers secure loans and make down payments.

Iowa Association of Water Agencies is a professional organization whose membership consists of urban and rural drinking water utilities, serving 1.2 million Iowans every day. IAWA members are committed to educating and building alliances, seeking out cost effective water treatment and distribution strategies, and maintaining safe, reliable service that exemplifies high water quality standards. See the many unique properties of water and how easily it can be contaminated by human activities at our booth in Conservation Central.

IA Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship provides leadership for all aspects of agriculture in Iowa, ensure consumer protection and promote the responsible use of our natural resources.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources will feature pheasant habitat in its Conservation Central display this year. All grassland birds that winter in Iowa need three types of habitat: winter shelter, nesting areas for hens and a playground full of insects for chicks to survive. Come watch pheasant chicks attack their food, and learn the basics to help pheasants, quail and other grassland birds thrive.

Iowa Department of Transportation—Living Roadway Trust was established by the Iowa General Assembly in July 1989 to implement integrated roadside vegetation management programs on city, county or state right of way or areas adjacent to traveled roadways. The LRTF supports the purchase of special equipment, roadside inventories, gateway plantings, media programs, native grass and forb seed, tree and shrub plantings, and research and education programs.

Iowa Land Improvement Contractor’s Association (LICA) has over 470 contractor members dedicated to the professional conservation of our soil and water.  For over 50 years Iowa LICA has worked with government agencies, agricultural groups, and individual landowners to construct permanent conservation practices to conserve Iowa’s soil and protect its waters.

Pheasants Forever (PF) includes 103 PF chapters, 1 Quail Forever  (QF) chapter and 4 student Pheasants Forever Chapters within Iowa. 20,000 PF/QF members support this chapter framework along with state and national efforts. PF/QF in Iowa has long been considered the state leader in habitat projects, land acquisitions, youth conservation outreach and conservation policy.

Trees Forever is a nonprofit charitable organization, headquartered in Marion, Iowa was founded in 1989. It continues today with a commitment to connect people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas. Its mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship – is fulfilled through cutting-edge programs and innovative practices.

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Visit us to learn more about the 2014 Farm Bill, soil health and cover crops.

USDA-Wildlife Services (WS) provides Federal leadership and expertise to resolve human and wildlife conflicts concerning human health and safety, agriculture and property damage. Currently WS is working with the Iowa DNR, the public, and other affected agencies to eliminate and prevent the spread of feral (wild) swine into the state of Iowa to protect its natural resources and agriculture industry.

USDA's Farm Service Agency provides many opportunities for agricultural producers to enhance, expand, begin and maintain farming operations. FSA farm programs include commodity and price support, conservation and disaster assistance programs. FSA also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit. FSA places special emphasis on providing loans to beginning, minority and women farmers and ranchers.

The Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a private, non-profit scientific and educational organization devoted to the conservation of land, water, and related resources worldwide.  The Iowa Chapter of the SWCS is dedicated to wise use and wise management of resources.