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Iowa farmers snap up conservation funding

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowa farmers are jumping at the opportunity to test new conservation practices.

On July 17, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship made $1.4 million in grant money available to help farmers enact new nutrient reduction practices.

Within 5 business days, all of the money was allotted to farmers to plant cover crops, no-till/strip-till land, and test nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer in the fall.

"The tremendous response to this cost-sharing shows once again that farmers are committed to using voluntary, science-based conservation practices to continue to improve water quality," said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. "In less than one week, Iowa farmers committed to matching the state investment, so a total of $2.8 million in new water quality practices will be going on the ground this fall."

The department received applications covering nearly 60,000 acres of land from 597 different farmers.

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