Friday, September 28, 2007

New State Website Devoted to Soil, Water Conservation Programs

There's a new online tool available for farmers who want to participate in soil and water conservation programs.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is urging Iowa farmers and landowners to take advantage of the new Financial and Reports Management System (FARMS) website.

In a press release, Northey said that the new website allows farmers to sign up for and manage their participation in conservation programs offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. "This new web program is designed to make it easier for farmers to register and get conservation practices on the ground," said Northey. "There remains a great demand for filter strips, grass waterways and other projects that reduce runoff and improve water quality. This website will help farmers make sure those projects will happen."

The website will provide farmers and landowners plenty of information about state conservation programs, and allow them to apply online for assistance. Farmers who have participated in the past can monitor the status of their conservation project on the site.
Northey said the site is expected to speed processing of applications.

The Iowa Division of Soil Conservation, part of the state Agriculture Department, is responsible for programs that provide for the management of soil, water and mineral resources conservation.

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