As seen in the Des Moines Register, March 22

World Water Day is March 22, a good time to recognize the strides farmers are making to adopt practices that enhance water quality for everyone.

I’m a sixth-generation family farmer. My wife, Sara, and I grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and run a 140-head cow/calf operation. We grow corn almost exclusively using no-till methods, and hope to someday pass the farm on to our four young sons. We also began seeding a variety of cover crops on some of our acres several years ago. They prevent soil erosion, take up leftover nitrogen and phosphorus in the field, and provide additional forage for my livestock.




We are identifying, testing and measuring management practices to improve soil health and benefit farmers’ operations.  Many farmers across the country are implementing innovative management practices that result in economic and environmental benefits. We are building upon the work of these farmers to provide connections between on-farm practices and improving soil health.


We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing information from farmers to farmers, with the support and resources to benefit farmers’ bottom lines and agricultural sustainability.  We are helping provide the spark for greater understanding and more broadly implementing agricultural practices that work best.


An NCGA Initiative


Support from


Natural Resources Conservation Service

United Soybean Board

The Walton Family Foundation

Midwest Row Crop Collaborative


With Technical Support From

The Environmental Defense Fund

The Nature Conservancy