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February 5, 2014

Adapting to change: ‘Common-sense’ practices can help farmers cope with climate change

The Country Today
While farmers may be powerless to stop climate change from happening, they may be able to mitigate its detrimental effects on their farms.

“A lot of this is the same sort of message that we’ve been talking about for years, common-sense practices but somewhat ignored in a lot of cases,” said Dick Wolkowski, UW-Extension soil scientist emeritus.

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Good nutrient management needed for good water quality

High Plains Journal
A good nutrient management strategy is important in order to have good water quality, according to Ralph Rosenberg, executive director of the Iowa Environmental Council.

Rosenberg and Shawn Richmond, conservation reserve enhancement program coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, discussed nutrient management strategies during the recent Iowa Agri-Women meeting in Ankeny, Iowa.

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Water Quality Trading Network Will Seek To Promote Consistency Among Programs

Bloomberg BNA
A coalition of government officials and representatives of environmental advocacy groups has set up a national network on water quality trading that will show how water quality improvements can be achieved at a lower cost through market-based approaches than by installing controls at wastewater treatment plants, industrial facilities and power plants.

Launched Jan. 14, the network aims to provide options and recommendations to improve consistency, innovation and integrity across trading programs.

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Soil water sensors can help give precise irrigation needs

Midwest Producer
Soil water sensors are instruments placed in a field to monitor soil water content and crop water use from a growing crop. They can also be placed in fallow or just-harvested dryland winter wheat fields to monitor off-season soil water content from trapped precipitation.

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Nutrient reduction strategies are a major focus of PFI conference

The Messenger
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy outlines various land management practices to reduce nutrient loss, improve soil and protect water quality.

Farmers who have successfully used different nutrient reduction strategies will present their experiences at the Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2014 annual conference, “Well Grounded,” set for Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

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