Agricultural lands make up the majority of the landscape in the Iowa River watershed. Farmers are our most important stewards of the land, and there are many resources available to help producers develop effective management plans and identify critical conservation practices to maintain the integrity of the soil and water.
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): The Natural Resources Conservation Service works through county soil and water conservation districts to protect and improve natural resources across the state.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Each County has a dedicated SWCD office geared toward helping landowners and operators make sound farming decisions.
Midwest Cover Crop Council: The goal of the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) is to facilitate widespread adoption of cover crops throughout the Midwest, to improve ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
Iowa State University Extension: The Leadership and Performance-based Watershed Management project is designed to help improve watersheds in the state. The project, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) Integrated Water Quality Program, focuses on establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa. Local farmers, rural residents, and business owners residing in the watershed participate in the watershed groups set goals at the watershed level that are environmentally sound and economically practical.
Practical Farmers of Iowa: Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is an open, supportive, and diverse organization advancing profitable, ecologically sound, and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-led investigation and information sharing.