Media Advisory: Iowa State University Agronomist and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture to Discuss Fall Conservation Considerations, Cost-Share Programs, Cover Crops

Joint media availability will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agronomist Mark Licht and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agronomist Mike Henderson will hold joint media availability on Wednesday morning to discuss how crop damage caused by drought and the derecho may impact fall cover crop and tillage decisions.

Secretary Naig will give an overview of cover crop use in Iowa and state cost-share programs available to farmers and landowners. Licht, assistant professor of agronomy and ISU Extension and Outreach cropping systems specialist, will explain how unharvested crops will affect cover crop application and seeding this fall. Licht also will describe how planting fall cover crops can help improve soil quality for the spring planting season. Henderson will discuss no-till soil management options and USDA cost-share programs available to help farmers and landowners adopt conservation practices.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10-11 a.m.

Where:, Password: CoverCrops

If you have questions, please contact Keely Coppess at 515-326-1616 or, or Melea Reicks Licht at 515-294-8892 or