Acreage Living Newsletter

Acreage Living has featured articles on compost in prior issues. Still looking for help in establishing a compost pile for your small farm or acreage? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has a new publication that can help!

If this spring revitalization were a cast of characters, I think we’d agree that geese and robins play the leading role. But my favorite, and perhaps one of the most undervalued supporting characters in this annual revival, is the American Woodcock.

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer three hours classed for anyone interested in being certified morel mushroom certification to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act preserved like-kind exchange treatment for real property, but eliminated it for personal property. Today, we take an initial look at what that means for farmers or other taxpayers looking to trade equipment or livestock in 2018.


NCR-SARE Anounces 2018 Farmer Rancher Grants.

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2018 Farmer Rancher Grant Program. 42 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $515,000 through this NCR-SARE grant program, which offers competitive grants for farmers and ranchers who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Iowa farms selected to receive funding included:

  • Rob Faux of Genuine Faux Farm in Tripoli, IA was awarded $7,500 for the project, “Establishing the Value of Flower Companions in Cucurbits.”
  • Michael Osweiler of Chandler, AZ was awarded $7,481 to conduct the project, “Mitigation of Potential Adverse Effects of Transgenic Crop Production for Long-Term Improvement of Soil Health” on his farm in IA.

Read descriptions of these projects online at    
The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project's relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. The AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofits.

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

Date of Publication: 
March, 2018

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