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Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Quarterly Report - July-Sept. 2022

"This last quarter before the new year, I was busy working on a number of new projects, as well as monitoring and assessing existing projects. The Loess Hills area has been busy with new Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications that benefit wildlife. CSP has been a new program for me, but I have enjoyed learning how to assist landowners with all CSP has to offer relating to wildlife practices. Some of the practices within these programs include prescribed fire, native species seeding, and invasive species removal." - Tabitha Panas

- To read more click below!  

CDI & West Pottawattamie SWCD Now Accepting Applications for CDI 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 2023 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture qualifies for the Conservation Scholarship. The scholarship must be used for the student's first year of college education. Apply, or see more information below! 

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Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Quarterly Report - July-Sept. 2022

This past quarter I have been working with landowners signing up for continuous CRP, helping to train new staff, writing wildlife plans, and working to re-enroll acres into the Iowa Habitat Access Program, but a large part of my workload has been spent on EQIP related projects. Pottawattamie county especially has a large number of EQIP applications for wildlife practices...

- To read more click below!  

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2023 Iowa Nitrogen Initiative Trials
 Help Improve Iowa's Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations   

" Iowa State University is recruiting farmers and certified crop advisers to help improve Iowa's nitrogen fertilizer recommendations to benefit the productivity, profitability, and environmental performance of Iowa agriculture. Participants will join a growing group of Iowa farmers who partner with ISU to better understand nitrogen managements on their own farms and other farms throughout the state." - ISU Department of Agronomy 

To learn more about the Iowa Nitrogen Initiative, grower requirements, the benefits of participating in this trial, how to participate, and project contacts see here: 

and visit the second page of the document. 

Women, Land, and Legacy
- October 2022 Newsletter  

 In this month's edition of the Women, Land, and Legacy Newsletter you'll find information regarding plans for expansion and events in 2023! There are also two articles included; titled Prairie Passion Earns Irvine 2022 IA Conservation Woman of the Year, as well as Women in Agriculture - What They Bring to the Table. Click the box below to read the full newsletter!  

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Quarterly Report  
April- June 2022

Hello! If we have not yet met, my name is Tabitha Panas and I am the new Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist covering Pottawattamie, Harrison, and Shelby counties. My home office is the Council Bluffs Service Center and I began in this role on June 1st. I was able to hit the ground running this past month, as I have been the Farm Bill Biologist previously for Crawford, Carroll, Sac and Ida counties just to the north of this area. This past month I have... 

Vorthmann Selected as 2022
Scholarship Recipient

Ashlyn Vorthmann, an upcoming graduate of Treynor High School was selected as the 2022 West Pottawattamie SWCD scholarship winner! She will receive a $500 scholarship at the district level and has also won the region five scholarship. Congratulations Ashlyn! 

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State Cost Share Funds Now Available for Soil Health and Water Quality Practices


Farmers and landowners can now sign up for cost share funding through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to adopt soil health and water quality conservation practices. This program includes planting cover crops, transitioning acres to no-till / strip-till soil management, or applying a nitrification inhibitor. Cost share funding is limited to 160 acres per farmer or landowner, and will be available in July. However, farmers can start submitting applications immediately to their local Soil and Water Conservation District Offices! 

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Women, Land & Legacy Newsletter June 2022


In the June Issue of the Women, Land & Legacy newsletter, you will find a description of the Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) project and how to be involved! You will also find information about future WLL events, an interesting article discussing a study that explored the importance of U.S. female farmers, and upcoming WLL involvement opportunities! 

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West Pott SWCD 2021
Annual Report

Hard to believe it's already that time of year again to publish our  Annual Report!  Seems like just yesterday we were working on the 2020 report.  It has sure been a challenging year due to Covid restrictions, but we were able to push through and still get some conservation practices on the ground!     

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2021 At-a-Glance

Conservation practice funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) totaled $83 million to Iowa farmers in fiscal year 2021, which will help treat natural resource concerns on nearly 323,000 agricultural land acres.  The $83 million obligated dollars in Iowa are a record by more than $9 million, when Iowa NRCS obligated $73.7 million to Iowa farmers in 2018. In fact, the record amount is about $18 million more than the five-year average.  NRCS also wrote 10,245 conservation plans during fiscal year 2021, which cover about 797,000 acres. Conservation plans help producers reduce soil erosion, improve soil health and water quality...........

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Women, Land & Legacy 
Newsletter 2022

In the last year, a number of Iowa counties have shown interest in becoming active with Women Land and Legacy (WLL) and several are now taking steps to make it happen!  The newest WLL chapters are the Winneshiek County WLL Chapter and WLL of Southern Iowa (Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties).  The have developed diverse, effective local teams and are planning their upcoming Listening Sessions......

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Black Locust Control In Natural Areas
By Jason Anderson, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, PF

Black locust is an aggressive tree that can quickly take over grasslands and is a problem for many landowners in southwest Iowa. Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a medium-sized hardwood tree native to the eastern United States. The tree has attractive flowers and foliage which led to it being cultivated and planted for landscaping, allowing it to escape and spread throughout the country. Black locust ...............

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Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Quarterly Report (October- Dec )

I've gotten to do a little bit of everything this quarter, which has made it fun.  I've worked on a diversity of programs including Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Prairie Partners and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) projects.  The bulk of my time has been devoted to planning wildlife EQIP projects...........


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

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: 

-149,000 members 

-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.  

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