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Gabe Johnson 2017 intern

Click here to learn more about internships through the NRCS Pathways Program.

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Ag4Kids Day 2017

Diane Retirement

J. D. Schurers Award

Congratulations Tim Palmer, elected First Vice President of NACD

Click here to read the press release

2017 SWCD Conservation Award Recipients

Thanks to Chrystal Patten

A Week in the Life of an NRCS Pathways Intern in Madison County

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award

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Phesants Forever habitat conservation winners

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at the 2016 Madison County Fair!

More information at www.madisoncountyfair.net

AG4KIDS

Partnering for Conservation

Multiple Benefits Field Day

Commissioner Frederick Martens, the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project, and Practical Farmers of Iowa hosted a field day on June 15th. Click here to read more about the event!

Welcome Dwight Honnold to the SWCD Board of Commissioners

Tim Palmer, Recipent of the 2014 NACD President's Award

“Tim Palmer is an individual with the ability to provide leadership on the national level in support of our conservation efforts in America and it territories,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Even as he works hard to maintain his family farming operation at home, he always finds time to provide conservation leadership to his local neighbors, Iowa state producers and nationally with his tireless work as part of NACD leadership team.” Read the full article here.

Iowa Farm Environment Leader
Congratulations to Madison County Award Recipients!

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards were presented August 13 at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Pictured (left to right): Chuck Gipp, Director of Iowa DNR; J.D. and Kristine Schreurs; Pat and Laura Lynch; Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Tim Palmer; Mary Kathryn and Lester Bigelow; Governor Terry Branstad.


Renowned grazier Jim Gerrish
visits Madison County for workshop

Over 50 people toured Justin Rowe’s farm the evening of Tuesday, August 19th as part of an all-day grazing workshop led by grazing consultant and author Jim Gerrish. After discussing the importance of rotational grazing, water and fence development, plant diversity and forage vigor, participants enjoyed dinner sponsored by Rowe Farms and prepared by Madison County Cattlemen.

Gerrish Grazing Workshop

Martens Wetland Ceremony
The ceremony for the new Martens CREP wetland was held in the barn owned by Jenny & Ron McBroom. The CREP wetland is the head of the Badger Creek watershed, and this site will protect the watershed.

Tim Palmer, Bill Nothey, Mike Kocj, Frederick Martens
(left to right) Tim Palmer, SWCD Commissioner; Bill Nothey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Mike Koch, SWCD Commissioner; Frederick Martens, SWCD Commissioner.


(left to right) Fred Martens, Bryan Martens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Nothey, Rita Martens, Helen Martens, Frederick Martens.

More Cattle, Less Purchased Feed Workshop

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Clarke, Madison and Union Counties will be hosting a workshop on grazing cover crops and various forage strategies on February 6, 2013 at Bruchies Café, Lorimor, Iowa from 11:00am-1:30pm. Keynote speakers will include Aaron Mathes discussing forage strategies on chopping corn, soybean and using cover crops. Joe Sellers, ISU Extension Beef Specialist will discuss beef nutrition, balancing protein and energy requirements. Wade Dooley, Albion, Iowa will also speak on his 10 years of experience on establishing cover crops to be used for grazing purposes.

There is a $10 registration that will include lunch. All attendees are encouraged to RSVP with the Madison County SWCD at 515-462-2961 ext 3 no later than January 31, 2013 to guarantee seating and lunch. For further assistance or any other accommodations please contact the Madison County SWCD.

Workshop Flyer (.pdf)

Badger Creek Watershed CREP Wetland Picnic

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 5pm to 8pm at Ron & Jenny MC Broom barn, 1218, U.S. Hwy. 169, Winterset
Click here for more details.

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION WEEK IS NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 3

DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Week and praised the important conservation work that has been achieved to better care for the air, soil and water in Iowa. Governor Branstad will issue a proclamation recognizing November 27th – December 3rd as Soil and Water Conservation Week.

“Soil and Water Conservation Week is an opportunity to recognize all that has been accomplished through efforts to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality here in Iowa,” Northey said. “This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the law that started our statewide conservation efforts and is a great time to see all that has been accomplished and also recognize the work still to be done.”

The severe erosion during the “Dust Bowl” years of the 1930s brought about the first efforts to prevent soil erosion, which also helped protect water resources. Iowa passed a law in 1939 to establishing a state soil conservation agency and also created the means for soil and water conservation districts to organize. This legislation declared it the policy of the State of Iowa to: preserve soil and water; protect the state’s tax base; and promote health, safety and public welfare of people of Iowa.

Today, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Division of Soil Conservation and the 100 Soil and Water Conservations Districts located in each county are fulfilling Iowa’s conservation mission. Other key partners in Iowa’s conservation efforts include USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Iowa State University.

The Department’s Division of Soil Conservation provides state leadership in the protection and management of soil, water and mineral resources and assisting soil and water conservation districts and private landowners to meet their agricultural and environmental protection needs.

In recent years the Department has also started to work more in our towns and cities to prevent erosion and protect water quality through the capture and infiltration of storm-water runoff. The Department has added five urban conservationists that work with homeowners, land development professionals, city officials and government agencies to provide information and technical assistance on urban best management practices for sustainable storm-water management.

“The work of the Department’s Division of Soil Conservation and all the conservation partners in the state remains vitally important as they continue to help farmers better care for our air, soil and water,” Northey said. “Iowa’s tremendous natural resources and the efficiency of our famers is what makes our state so productive. It is vital that we preserve these resources that are responsible for such a significant part of our state’s economy.”

Soil and Water Conservation Week recognizes that the abundance of our agricultural products and the quality of life we enjoy are dependent upon the proper use and management of soil and water resources.

TREE INFORMATION:

COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE moderately tolerant, slow growing, long-lived, moderately deep root system, wind firm.

WHITE PINE beautiful landscape tree, long bluish green needles with large brown cones. Used in windbreaks, grows rapidly.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE noted for green foliage and conical form very resistant to winter injuryprefers well drained soil full sun, deer dislike.

NORWAY SPRUCE one of the fastest growing of all the spruces. One of the best conifers for shelters and windbreaks, as its branches grow densely into one another.

TECHNY ARBORVITAE can be pruned into hedges for an excellent screen or windbreak, and can protect more tender plants from chilling winter winds. Will mature to 10-15 feet and mature spread to 4-6 feet. Plant 3-1/2 feet apart in a row, tree will grow to be a full shield in only a few years.

RIVER BIRCH Pyramidal, dense when young, cinnamon brown exfoliating bark, turn golden yellow in fall. Adaptable to urban conditions.

NORWAY MAPLE extremely hardy tree, offers red foliage in spring that later turns green.

RUBRUM MAPLE (RED) grows 40-100 feet tall, fast growing, striking fall foliage, often first trees to color, tolerant of many conditions, prefers moist acidic

SUGAR MAPLE beautiful tree for shade and beauty, dense upright growth, foliage is brilliant in autumn, rather slow growing.

PIN OAK dark green summer foliage, bronze or red in the fall, has an acorn, prefers moist rich well-drained acid soil and full sun.

NORTHERN RED OAK large majestic tree with unusually broad round head, foliage turns dark in fall rather fast growing.

WHITE OAK (quercus alba), good fall food for wildlife (acorns), sometimes retains leaves in winter, well-grown specimens are beautiful.

BUR OAK often reaches over 100 ft. tall significant drought resistance by virtue of a long taproot. Outstanding shade tree. Most tolerant of urban conditions.

COMMON NINEBARK perennial shrub is native to the U.S.Bloom is usually observed in the late spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until fall. has a moderate life span and a slow growth rate will reach up to 10 feet with a maximum height at 20 years of 10 feet.

AMERICAN CRANBERRY large attractive shrub, clusters of showy white flowers, bright red fruit eaten by birds foliage bright red in fall.

REDOISER DOGWOOD valuable ornamental bright red in winter, adaptable to wide range of soils, best in moist soil.

COMMON PURPLE LILAC makes good screen planting, fragrant smell, adapts to wide variety of soils, drought tolerant full sun.

VILLOSA LILAC blooms later than the common lilac, lavender-pinkish flowers, fragrant, less drought tolerant then common lilac.

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