Editor’s note: We thought this essay was so good we are taking the rare step of re-blogging it to share it with you.
Iowa Learning Farms farmer partner Richard Sloan recently submitted an opinion piece to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Sloan farms near Rowley and serves on several conservation-related organizations: Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project advisory board, Practical Farmers of Iowa, assistant commissioner for the Buchanan County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Lime Creek Watershed Improvement Association.
“With pasture and Conservation Reserve Program lands being converted to row crops and fewer perennials in our fields, rains in excess of 1.5 inches per day will run off quickly, leading to potential erosion, pollution and spoiling of national resources. But farmers who want to protect the environment and their communities’ future do have opportunities to refine their conservation plans and integrate several new techniques.”
Sloan goes on to discuss these techniques. Read his column here.