Soil Conservation

"Soil is one of our most precious natural resources. It is the foundation of our whole ecosystem. It is the basis of all plant growth providing us food, clothing and other materials. Soil filters water, decomposes waste, stores heat and exchanges gases."

                                                                                --"Don't Call it Dirt: A Passion for Soil"


View the ILF video, Don’t Call it Dirt: A Passion for Soil (7:55). In the video, viewers are asked to think about soil and how it is used. It also provides ideas so that everyone can improve soil quality and keep it where it belongs.


Iowa Learning Farms' publication series "It Begins With You" 

Economics of Residue
The Cost of Soil Erosion 

Transition to No-Till
Strip-tillage Crop Management

A Whole Farm Approach

Economics of Cover Crops


Other publications in this series include:
Cellulosic Biofuels and Your Farm
Language of Conservation

Urban Conservation Practices

Iowa Watersheds

Water Quality and Conservation Practices

and eight supplement sheets (by soil region). See the "Water" section on this web site for the supplements.

To receive printed copies of these handouts, email Iowa Learning Farms:


Cover Crops

Go to the cover crop pages for resources, research results, videos and event schedules.


STRIPs Project

STRIPs at Neal Smith National Widlife Refuge website

STRIPs team webpage on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website contains many resources about the research and the on-farm application of this conservation practice. It includes links to documents including: 

The four-page fact sheet "A Landowner's Guide to Prairie Conservation Strips" and "Small Changes, Big Impact: Prairie Conservation Strips" and much more.



Check out the ILF video "Strip-Tillage Crop Management" in six chapters.
(Note the playlist at the bottom of the window,)

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