The Iowa Corn Growers Association is applauding the decision by USDA to allow for emergency haying and grazing of cover crops for livestock producers in response to the current drought.
For the 2013 crop year, USDA's Risk Management Agency intends to file special provision statements to allow haying or grazing of cover crops without impacting the insurability of planted 2013 spring crops. This flexibility will help farmers plant a cover crop without risking crop insurance coverage in 2013.
"The ICGA asked the USDA to move forward on this special provision for farmers and livestock producers," says Kevin Ross, ICGA president and a farmer from Minden in western Iowa. "We applaud the USDA RMA decision which will allow for more critically needed feedstocks to be available for livestock producers here in Iowa and across the country."
Soils guru to talk about healthy soil in Iowa, will speak at several locations
In other conservation news last week, it was announced that popular USDA soils guru Ray Archuleta will bring his high energy presentation style to Iowa the first week of September. He will give a presentation entitled "Farming for the 21st Century: How Soil Health will Save the Farm" at five locations throughout the state beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. All events are free and open to the public.
Archuleta is a conservation agronomist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Carolina. He specializes in soil quality and the principles of agro-ecology throughout the United States. In 23 years with USDA, Archuleta has worked in five states and served in several capacities, including a water quality project manager, an irrigation specialist and a soil conservationist.
"Ray is a dynamic speaker who will grab your attention and make you think about what you are doing on your farm," says Rick Bednarek, state soil scientist for NRCS in Iowa. "He uses props and tools to show the audience how soil responds if properly managed."
Following is a schedule of Archuleta's presentations:
* Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., Creston, Southwestern Community College
* Wednesday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m., Storm Lake, Buena Vista University
* Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m., Fort Dodge, Best Western Starlight Hotel
* Thursday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m., Waverly, Waverly City Hall/Civic Center
* Friday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m., Washington, Lake Darling Conservation Center
For more information, contact Rick Bednarek of Iowa NRCS at 515-323-2238.