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Farmers Encouraged to Update Hay and Straw Directory

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship offers a free directory to connect farmers who sell hay or straw with local producers who are interested in purchasing it. Organizations associated with promoting and marketing hay and straw can also access the free, online tool. The Department encourages users to update their listing every year.


Prairie Strips and Cover Crops Field Day in Des Moines

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, Des Moines Water Works, and Landus, will host a prairie strips and cover crops field day on Thursday, Aug., 4 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Des Moines Water Works Park in Des Moines. The event is free and includes a complimentary meal.

Biostimulants 101

Biostimulants are a fast-growing class of agricultural additives that may increase nutrient and water uptake, tolerance to stress, and improve root growth by supporting a variety of biological processes. Biostimulants have especially caught the attention of organic farmers and those interested in sustainable food production as a substitute for more conventional synthetic fertilizers, but many conventional farmers utilize biostimulants for their beneficial properties.