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Good Soil Policy in Senate Farm Bill

The Senate Agriculture Committee passed their version of a 2018 Farm Bill through the committee today, and we were pleased to see a number of the soil policy changes

Guest Blog: Iowa’s “Good Farmer Discount” First-Year Success

What’s new in Iowa this spring? Another 2,000-plus acres of cover crops greening up on corn and soybean fields, thanks to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Cover Crop – Crop Insurance Demonstration Pilot Program.

House Republicans Waste Their Chance at a Farm Bill

The Farm Bill may have been Congress’s best shot to find common ground and pass bipartisan legislation this year, and they just blew it.

5 Ways to Improve Crop Insurance for Climate-Friendly Farms

The Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) is the biggest taxpayer-funded support program for farmers; for many, the program works well, giving some peace of mind in a risky business or satisfying the requirements of ag creditors.

Iowa Breaks New Ground with Innovative Cover Crop Incentive

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) just launched a very promising new program that will give farmers who plant cover crops a $5 per acre discount on their crop insurance over the next three years.

Why the Next Farm Bill Should Encourage Cover Crops

1. Cover Crops Help Farmers’ Bottom Line