National & State - Conservation Districts of Iowa

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Iowa NRCS Report
New State Conservationist Jay T.
Mar
• North Dakota Native.
• NRCS experience in North Dakota,
Wyoming, Delaware and most recently
Connecticut. Including former RC&D
coordinator.
• Range and wildlife management
background.
Budget Briefing
• Continuing resolution until March 27
• Sequestration—Sec. Vilsack announced a
$2 billion across the board cut for USDA
during FY 2013..
• We have prepared for worst and are
hoping for best.
• Did affect our ability to commit to partners
at previous levels.
Farm Bill XIII Agreement
• Still able to fund agreement with CDI for
Farm Bill implementation.
• Signed agreement for $300,000, with
hopes we can increase depending on
results of sequestration and CRP
workload.
CDSI Update
• Implementation of the Conservation
Delivery Streamline Initiative (CDSI) has
been delayed until at least October 2014.
• CDSI includes three main parts:
conservation desktop, client gateway and
mobile planner. Each part of CDSI should
be fully operational by Fall 2015.
New Farm Bill
• Old Farm Bill was extended for one year.
Set to expire on September 30, 2013.
• Program acreage limits (i.e. CSP, CRP,
GRP) were not increased and are limited
to old Farm Bill.
• New Farm Bill is under construction--again.
FY13 Special Funding
Opportunities
• Mississippi River Healthy Watersheds
Initiative
• Driftless Area Initiative
• National Water Quality Initiative
• Greenhouse Gas Initiative
• Grass Fed Beef Initiative
• Conservation Innovation Grants
(National & State)
Soil Health
• National campaign “Unlock the Secrets in the
Soil” launched in October.
• Iowa gearing up for state-wide training for
employees, customer outreach, workshops,
additional field office tools (test kits,
penetrometers) etc.
• New, energized emphasis on soil health:
improved crop performance, reduced input
costs, better water infiltration (less erosion
and flooding and better drought resistance.)
Soil Health in a Minute Videos
• Access Soil Health Videos at
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/d
etailfull/national/soils/health/?cid=stelprdb
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Cover Crops
Cover Crops
Before…
& After
Before…
& After
Before…
& After
Before…
& After
Before …
& After
MRBI At-A-Glance (FY 10,11,12)
Total
Contracts
CCPI-MRBI
Total
Contract
Acres
FA
Obligations
429
73,600
$13.7 M
2010
45
5,490
$1.3 M
2011
155
24,790
$6.3 M
2012
229
43,322
$6 M
34
4,138
$100,000
463
77,742
$13,766,606
MBRI-non
CCPI
Grand Total
Programs At-A-Glance FY 2012
Dollars
Acres Treated
Contracts
EQIP
$25 M
164,000
1,665
Conservation
Stewardship
Program
(FY 10,11,12)
$22.1 M
794,000
1,789
Wetlands Reserve
Program
$21 M
4,814
53
Grassland Reserve
Program
$700,000
785
3
Conservation
Security Program
$14.8 M
506,000
1,237
FY12 Backlog At-A-Glance
Program
Dollars
Applications
EQIP
$80 M
3,490
WRP
$36 M
95
Iowa NRCS FY 2013 Priorities
Technical, accountable people serving the
public.
Technical
On Farm Conservation Planning with Producers
Accountable
Proper Contract Management
People
Promote Partnerships and Teamwork
Public
Building New Customer Relationships
Questions?

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