St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education [NCR-SARE] grant partners
Practical Farmers of Iowa [PFI] and Rural Advantage feel
that one tool to increase the sustainability of annual
cropping systems is the utilization of cover crops. The
benefits of cover crops are numerous and varied, from
decreasing soil erosion to increasing soil tilth, but still
there is a lack of adoption in both Iowa and Minnesota.
The goals of this project include: 1) education and
outreach through farmer-led field days, workshops,
listening sessions, surveys, evaluations, and media
stories; 2) increased number of cover crop acres
through cost-share funds and improved cover crop
education; and 3) assist in the development of a cover
crop decision tool via information collected from
surveys, evaluations, and cost-share demonstration
acres. The effectiveness of the project will be
evaluated through survey results; number of attendees
at events; number of inquiries about cover crops; and
increased number of cover crop acres.
Sackett, Jill; Carlson, Sarah; Meschke, Linda.
Farmer Field School Approach to Increasing Cover Crop Adoption in Iowa and Minnesota: Minnesota Happenings.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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