SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
As of March 23, 2020, all USDA Service Centers are, at a minimum, open by phone appointment only. USDA will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible.
The East Pottawattamie County Service Center remains open for business, however public access remains limited. All visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency should call the Service Center at 712-482-6408 for a phone appointment.
Visit farmers.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on Service Center status and available services.
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Quarterly Report (April-July)
My major focus this quarter was delivering outreach events. Of course I still took care of the needs of my producers, but with nice weather and easing of COVID restrictions, I wanted to provide some broader habitat good. I was able to present at 14 different events this quarter, including the first of my Habitat Help Hour webinar series (discussed below), several habitat booths at local farmers markets.....
Women Land & Legacy July Newsletter
In this issue of the July Women Land & Legacy newsletter you will find interesting facts about Iowa Farm Women in 1930's, local committees beginning to plan future WLL events, and how the Iowa Corn Growers Association and USDA-NRCS are hosting an event that will focus on farm women!
Building a Heritage Farm
One hundred fifty years ago Grant Stuart's great grandfather John settled on a patch of prairie east of Walnut, turning over the virgin sod and made a life for his family plowing the fields. The land was farmed north to south with conventional practices of the time.
Over the years, advancements in agriculture led the Stuart's to begin adopting conservation practices. The Stuart's philosophy has always been "you don't want to be the first to try something... but you sure don't want to be the last!"
Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) - May Connections
The Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) informs, educates, and leads Iowans through our local soil and water conservation districts to promote conservation of natural resources.
In this issue you can find the Executive Director's Report, updates about the Iowa Envirothon, and see how we celebrated Iowa Soil & Water Conservation Week!
McGrew Brothers Finding Success in Cover Crop Management
As Steve McGrew climbs out of his sprayer he portrays a sense of confidence and comfort only a veteran cover cropper would have after a cold spring with tall rye. Steve and his brothers Bill, David, Robert, and nephew Bill, planted 1,500 acres of cover crops last Fall on both corn and bean ground. Managing 1,500 acres of cover crops is no small task but Steve has found ways to make it more than manageable.
Cover Crop Efforts Continue in Walnut & Indian Creek
Landowners and producers located in the Walnut and Indian Creek watershed will again have the opportunity to participate in a special effort spearheaded by the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts located in Shelby, East Pottawattamie, Montgomery, Mills, Page, and Fremont county.
"Farmers can use state cost share funds to add soil health..."
Mike Naig announced that farmers and landowners can sign up now for state cost share funds to help adopt soil health and water quality practices. The funding can be used for in-field management practices, including planting cover crops, transitioning acres to no-till/strip-till soil management, or applying a nitrification inhibitor.
Soil and Water Conservation Week
Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week is celebrated in conjunction with Stewardship Week, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Join in the celebration by connecting with the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship:
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Quarterly Report (April)
The winter months can be tough on morale, but I keep my mood up by using that time for planning projects. This quarter I worked on several project proposals for the spring as well as a bunch of management and burn plans. March was especially busy as producers were gearing up to get to work with the warmer weather...
Women Land & Legacy Newsletter April 2021
From our very creation in 2004, Women Land and Legacy (WLL) has valued the tremendous partnerships at the local and state level that create this opportunity for Iowa's agricultural women. The very first statewide committee that began work on the WLL vision included federal and state agencies, faith-based organizations, and non-profits. This model continues today and has expanded...
East Pottawattamie County SWCD 2020 Annual Report
It's our favorite time of year! The 2020 Annual Report has been published! Although this past year was filled with uncertainty the East Pottawattamie SWCD has been able to make great strides towards their mission to conserve Iowa's natural resources through leadership, education and technical & financial assistance. Take a read to see what your local Soil and Water Conservation District was up to this year and see some of the new faces they have added to the team!
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist - Quarterly Report (December)
Fall is the time to go to the field - nice weather, few annoying bugs, and lots of plans and wildlife to look at! I was able to get out in the filed quite a bit this quarter, to meet with producers and evaluate seedings. It was also a good opportunity to work on my dormant plant identification skills. Unfortunately, my fun was rudely interrupted by winter...
NRCS Sets Feb.19 Application Cutoff for CSP in Iowa
Iowa farmers and private landowners who want to be considered for funding through USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in fiscal year 2021 have until February 19th to apply. While USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accepts CSP applications throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the Feb. 19 application cutoff to ensure they are considered for 2021 funding.
December 2020 Women Land and Legacy (WLL) Newsletter
For several months this fall, NRCS Outreach Coordinator and Women Land and Legacy (WLL) Coordinator Tanya Meyer-Dideriksen met with the leads for each WLL Local Team. Each meeting provided the opportunity to get to know each other while also allowing Tanya to understand what each county has done in the past and plans for the future. Likewise, it was a great opportunity for local teams to share success, concerns, and needs.
Conservation Districts of Iowa 2021 Conservation Scholarship
CDI is partnering with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to foster the higher education endeavors of Iowa students interested in conservation and agriculture by offering scholarships. Iowa High School Class of 2021 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture qualifies for the Conservation Scholarship.
Fiscal Year 2020 At-a-Glance Iowa NRCS
This document gives a detailed breakdown of the 2020 Fiscal Year Program Accomplishments for he Iowa NRCS. Some of the programs detailed are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Iowa Conservation Innovation Grants, and other conservation activities. Numbers of grant obligations, contracts, and cost-share practices are divided and displayed by county.
Iowa Farm Families Receive Environmental Leader Award
Forty-two Iowa farmers have been selected to receive the 2020 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon recognize these Iowa farm families for taking an active role in the state's ongoing conservation efforts, which rely on farmers, landowners and businesses working together to make a difference..
NRCS Obligates Nearly $60 Million to Iowa Farmers..
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contracted with Iowa farmers and landowners to treat natural resources on more than 316,000 acres, obligating $59.8 million in financial assistance during fiscal year 2020 that ended Sept. 30. NRCS also wrote 12,624 conservation plans that cover 889,071 acres, during fiscal year 2020. The conservation plans will help Iowa farmers reduce soil erosion, improve soil heath and water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and treat other environmental issues.
Save $5/acre on your Crop Insurance
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has entered into an agreement with the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA) to provide an additional crop insurance premium reduction for cover crop acres from producers who enroll through this program. This premium reduction is only eligible for acres in cover crops, located in the state of Iowa only, and NOT receiving cost-share or incentives from state and/or federal programs.
East Pottawattamie County SWCD 2019 Annual Report
The East Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a subdivision of the Iowa State Government, Conservation Districts of Iowa. It consists of Pottawattamie County's eastern 13 townships and Washington Township. The East Pottawattamie SWCD has a locally elected governing board of commissioners who direct the programs of the District.
Pottawattamie County Bridges Stream Sign Project
This project will help educate and identify some of the major streams and watersheds in Pottawattamie County. Over the past three years, 57 stream signs have been added at bridges throughout our county. This project has been successful because of cooperation and contributions of many partners, including both East and West Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
How do we achieve this mission across more than 45 U.S. states and parts of Canada? Through the dedicated efforts of our:
-Diverse staff including more than 150 wildlife biologists
-More than 700 local chapters
Want to Become a Commissioner? Here's How!
If you're qualified to vote in a Pottawattamie County general election, you're an eligible candidate for election to the East Pottawattamie County Soil and Water Conservation District board. Each district is governed by five commissioners who are elected at a general elections on a nonpartisan basis for four-year terms. only one commissioner may reside in any single township. You'll need a nominating petition from the county Auditor or SWCD office.