IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSN.
Iowa Conservation Action Network (IACAN) Launched Today
Des Moines, Iowa - December 16, 2013- The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA) are launching a unique private sector initiative to demonstrate technology-based conservation practice planning.
"What we currently use in the public sector for conservation technical assistance isn't keeping up today," said Roger Zylstra, a farmer from Central Iowa and the President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "We can do a better job and through technology, we can accelerate our adoption rate and have better farmer support of Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy."
A key component of the Iowa Conservation Action Network (IACAN) will be offering subsidized conservation planning assistance to ICGA and ISA farmer members for a limited time in five priority watersheds: Floyd, Turkey, Middle Cedar, and East and West Nishnabotna. Members in these watersheds can call, email, or attend meetings to get planning assistance for grassed waterways, wetlands, ponds, sediment basins, and soil loss assessments.
"This project is a great opportunity for ISA and ICGA members in these watersheds to receive conservation planning assistance," according to Brian Kemp, Iowa Soybean Association President and farmer from Sibley. "ISA is committed to helping Iowa farmers engage in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and this project is a great opportunity to test some cutting edge tools."
The planning assistance relies on a suite of conservation practice planning software developed by Iowa-based small-business, Agren. The Agren software utilizes aerial imagery and high resolution elevation data to reduce the time to plan conservation practices from weeks to just minutes. Using technology to improve production has been central to agriculture.
Chairman of Iowa LICA, Tim Recker said, "By combining resources, we have the capacity to make a significant and long-term impact on conservation delivery in Iowa. Furthermore, as representatives of farm and earth-moving businesses in Iowa, we aim to preserve the livelihoods of our member businesses."
IACAN focuses on engaging the private sector in conservation planning to help our member-farmers achieve the goals called for in the nutrient reduction strategy.
For more information, visit www.iowaconservation.org.
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The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a membership organization lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its 7,500 farmer members. Both organizations work on the joint mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.
The Iowa Soybean Association develops policies and programs that help farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association is made up of nearly 11,000 farmer members and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 21 farmers.
Iowa LICA contractors work with soil and water. From land clearing, drainage, wetland restoration, pond building, sewer and water installation, septic systems, terraces, waterways, erosion control structures, basements, demolition, sewage disposal, seeding, tree planting, removal of underground storage tanks to any other type of work with soil and water.
Iowa Soybean Association