Our June webinar featured Sara Berges, project coordinator with the Allamakee Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Her presentation focused on three main areas: How to include conservation in a lease, developing a Farm Legacy Report and cover crops with manure.
There is a real need to include conservation within a farm lease. Low commodity prices have led to more ground being converted into row crop agriculture according to Berges. Coupled with the fact that over 50% of Iowa ground is leased by absentee and non-farming landowners.
“We noticed that conservation is often left out of lease discussions. Leases tend to be fairly basic and cover mainly when rent is due and how much” -Sara Berges
If you missed the webinar and would like more information on this topic, an archived version is available on our website: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.