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Soil Health Defined on the Farm Level

Soil Health Partnership field manager and east-central Iowa farmer Lisa Kubik says soil health is defined on the farm level.

Dedication to Protecting the Soil Gets Noticed

Grundy County’s Eric Andersen has a reputation for taking care of his valuable farmland. That’s something landowners have noticed.

Farmer Reaps Benefits from Using 4R Plus Practices

Darin Stolte of Jones County, Iowa, saw his yield curve accelerate after strip-till and cover crops were added to his precise 4R nutrient plan.

Sharing Information Can Bridge the Divide with Landowners

The changing landscape of farmland ownership in Iowa presents opportunities for tenants. Sharing information can bridge the divide with landowners.

Rate of 4R Plus Practice Adoption Continues to Rise

The Iowa Farm & Rural Life Poll: 2018 Summary Report demonstrates the percentage of Iowa’s farmers who are adopting 4R Plus practices continues to rise.

4R Plus Practices Make ‘Dollars and Sense’ to Southeastern Iowa Family

The Heckman family in Muscatine County pushes the pencil to see what practices garner a return on their investment, and puts them through a litmus test to determine if the practices are sustainable.

Edge-of-Field Practices Enhance Water Quality

Edge-of-field practices provide farmers with immediate gratification because the water-quality benefits are quickly measurable.

Central Iowa Family Encourages Farmers to Add 4R Plus Practices

While Julie Kenney uses her role as Iowa Deputy of Secretary of Agriculture to encourage farmers to use 4R Plus practices, her husband Mark implements the practices on their farm.