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Use the blog search to learn how farmers are incorporating 4R Plus practices to improve soil health and water quality.

PFI strategic initiatives director Sarah Carlson

New App Helps Farmers Find Cover Crop Services Quickly

September is the start of cover cropping season in Iowa, and a new app from Practical Farmers of Iowa helps connect farmers with services.

Liz Pierce and her daughters

Couple Merges Passion for Crops, Conservation and Cattle

Boone County’s Bret and Liz Pierce have merged their passion for crops and cattle and together work to improve soil health while protecting water quality.

Northern Iowa Farmer Adds 4R Plus Practices to Diversify Crop Rotation

The soil health movement spurred Floyd County farmer Wayne Koehler’s interest to add 4R Plus practices. He has diversified his crop rotation and minimized expenses.

Iowa farmer Jason Russell

Eagerness to Learn Led to Changes in Nutrient Management

Linn County farmer Jason Russell’s eagerness to learn led to improvements in how he manages manure from his hog operation as a crop input.

On the Plus Side

Farmers See the Plus Side of Adding 4R Plus Practices

Farmers across Iowa see the Plus Side of weatherproofing farms, protecting their valuable soil, improving water quality and preserving productivity for future generations.

Dustin Brucker, field manager for the Soil Health Partnership

The Economics of Building Soil Health

A multitude of factors influence success in building healthy soil and economic gains. Dustin Brucker of the Soil Health Partnership shares findings from a collaborative project.

Ross Evelsizer shows multi-cropping leads to profit increase

Multi-cropping Leads to Increase in Profits and Sustainability

Ross Evelsizer, natural resources project director with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, conducted multi-cropping field trials to determine their impact on profits and farm sustainability.

Sheila Fisher Shares Soil Health Experiments

A Head for Numbers and a Passion for Soil Health

Southeast Iowa farmer Sheila Fisher took advantage of an opportunity to return to the farm and put improving soil quality and health into action through various experiments.