8/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
ICA Receives Conservation Collaboration Grant
AMES - The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is a recent recipient of the 2016 Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Collaboration Grants. Grants were awarded to projects that leveraged NRCS resources, addressed local natural resource issues, encouraged collaboration and developed state- and community-level conservation leadership. ICA’s Conservation Collaboration Grant will be used to facilitate the Stewards of the Land project.
According to the ISU Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, when grasslands are managed with a focus on the regenerative crop, cattle not only reduce overall GHG emissions, but also facilitate increased soil carbon sequestration, reduce environmental damage, and create habitat for various wildlife and pollinator species.
In an effort to restore Iowa’s grasslands, the Stewards of the Land project will help farmers and ranchers make positive changes on their farm, such as enhancing current grassland management practices and transitioning current crop ground and expiring CRP contract acres into working grasslands. According to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, perennial cover and grazed pastures are estimated to reduce Nitrate loss by 85% and Phosphorus loss by 60%.
Allocating additional acres to grasslands requires financial investment and technical expertise. Through the Stewards of the Land project, ICA will hire a Grazing Advisor that will work to educate Iowa cattlemen and encourage environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to land management. Through technical assistance, the ICA Grazing Advisor will work with area cattlemen to increase the productivity of current grasslands, while encouraging transformation of additional acres.
At this time the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is seeking applicants for the ICA Grazing Advisor position. Those interested should contact the ICA office at 515.296.2266, or view the job application on the ICA website at www.iacattlemen.org. Applications are due August 30.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is the lead organization for the Stewards of the Land project and sincerely appreciates the support of project partners including the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation and Prairie Creek Seeds.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”