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PAGE10C FARM THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 Conservation district holds stewardship week celebration Washington Soil and Water The department has worked Conservation District (SWCD) with farmers for decades to encourages you to think about help them install practices your personal responsibility to designed to prevent erosion be a good steward of the natu- and keep soils in place and in ral resources during its annual recent years there has been stewardship week celebration, an increased focused on water Tom Vittetoe acts as the chair quality. Efforts have included for Washington SWCD. The statewide cost share assistance district was formed to assist and more focused efforts in tar- people in Washington County geted watersheds. in protecting, maintaining, and The Iowa Water Quality Ini- improving natural resources, tiative was established in 2013 In observance of Soil and to help implement the Nutrient Water Stewardship Week, April Reduction Strategy, which is a 30 to May 7, 2017 and Arbor Day science and technology based on April 28, 2017, the district approach to achieving a 45 provided 110 fifth graders in the percent reduction in nitrogen county with a Norway spruce and phosphorus losses to our tree seedling for students and waters. parents to plant together. The initiative is seeing some Trees are provided at no exciting results. More than cost to the family. Educational 1,800 farmers committed $3.8 materials are also being of- million in cost share funds to fered free of charge to science install nutrient reduction prac- teachers relating to this year's tices. theme, "Healthy Soils Are Full The practices that were eli- of Life." gible for this funding are cover "Iowans in our towns and on crops, no-till or strip till, or our farms'continue to engage using a nitrification inhibitor in water quality and soil con- when applying fall fertilizer. servation efforts. This week There are also currently 57 is an opportunity to celebrate existing demonstration proj- all the work that has been done ects located across the state to and highlight the efforts cur- help implement and demon- rently underway to prevent strate water quality practices erosion and improve water through the initiative. quality," Iowa Secretary of More than 150 organizations Agriculture Bill Northey said. are participating in these proj- "It is vital that we preserve the ects. These partners will pro- soil and water resources that vide $25.28 million dollars to go help make Iowa agriculture with over $16.09 million in state so productive and such a key funding going to these projects. driver of our state's economy." One of the first projects ap- The Iowa Department of proved for funding is located in Agriculture and Land Stew- Washington County, The West ardship's Division of Soil Con- Fork of Crooked Creek Water servation provides leadership Quality and Soil Health Initia- in the protection and manage- tive. ment of soil, water and min- More than $340 million in eral resources. The division state and federal funds have also works with Soil and Water been directed to programs With Conservation Districts and water quality benefits in Iowa private farmers and landown- last year. This total does not ers to meet their agricultural include the cost share amount and environmental protection that farmers pay to match needs, in both rural and urban state and federal programs and Mndscapes. Conservation part- funds spent to build practices ners include USDP:s Natural built without government as- Resources Conservation Ser- sistance. vice (NRCS), the Iowa Depart- "Stewardship Week helps re- ment of Natural Resources mind us we all have a respon- (DNR), Iowa State University, sibility in conserving our natu- and many others, ral resources," Vittetoe said. Lone Tree FFA members at Kinze Manufacturing: left to right, Rebecca Wilson, Kailee Marshek, Maddie Thompson, Karli Burr, Hol!ey Johnson, Natalie Patterson, Heather Geiger, Cael Yeggy, Bailey Pierson, Tim Mills, Ty Griffin, Wyatt Westfall, James Colbert, Grady Yeggy, Colton Chown, Cale Yoder, Trey Pierson and Caleb Viers. Top: Zane Arnold, Avery Knock and Derick Sandburg. il On Wednesday, April 26, Lone Tree FFA members got the chance to tour the world- class Kinze Plant and museum in Williamsburg, along with Farmers Creamery and Farm- ers Hen House in Kalona. The tour of Kinze started with a introductory video of founder Jon Kinzenbaw's suc- cess story and how the agricul- ture industry has made huge strides due to the improve- ments made by him and his new products. The tour was lead on a train of small carts through the manufacturing plant during work hours to see the assembly line andre man- ufacturing of custom t'ts. Students had the opportu- nity to ask questions and ob- serve machines that are worth millions of dollars. After the tour students were given time to look around the museum. In the museum sat many of Jon Kinzenbaw's first inventions and custom-made farm tractors and implements. There were opportunities for the students to design their own grain cart and planter, which are both Kinze specialties. While at Farmers Creamery the students were able to ob- serve the process of pasteuri- zation for milk and cream, also Lone Tree FFA members at Farmers Heft House: front Row left to right, Holley Johnson, Zane Arnold, James Colbert, 1 /Grif- fin, Caleb Viers, Avery Knock and Kailee Marshek. Middle Row.. Wyatt Westfall, Colton Chown, Grady Yeggy, Natalie Patterson, Maddie Thompson, Rebecca Wilson, Karli Burr, Cael Yeggy and Bailey Pierson. Back Row, Derick Sandburg, Cale Yoder, Tim Mills, Heather Geiger and Trey Pierson. the churning of butter fromFarmers Hen House showed large windows outside the well- the students the importance of kept work spaces. The students temperature control and date had time to ask questions and deadlines. sample one of the Creamery's The students split into two most popular products, the all- groups to get a better look at natural whole chocolate milk. the plant and packaging pro- Farmers Hen House was the cess, which made it more ben- last stop for the FFA students, eficial to ask questions and ob- This stop consisted of a tour serve the many moving parts through the coolers and pack- from the belts, cleaners, sorters aging plant of this corporation, and many more. assor to LATTA- KIENE SALE TO BE HELD AT THE WALDEN PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 501 S. EAST STREET, CORYDON, IA Land is generally located at the south edge of Corydon, IA (inside City limits). The Ewing farm is further described as being in Section 30, T69N.R21W (Corydon Township), Wayne County, IA. The property is currently in hay production. There are several lots already subdivided overlooking a lake, offering excellent development potential with city water and utilities available. SOUTHERN COMFORT ESTATES Attorney: Paul D, Hietbrink of BrownWinick Pella, IA 50219 (641) 628-4513 AUCTION MANAGERS: RAYMOND (BUB) HOSKINS (641) 344-4500 AND MATT SULLIVAN (309) 221-7001 AMES - An Iowa State Uni- versity emeritus professor Of economics has been named interim director of two exten- sion-focused centers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences -- the Beginning Well and Pump Service Iowa Certified Well Contractor PLUMBING AND PUMP SERVICE 319-648'5Oll PAT LATTA KEVIN KIENE Farmer Center and the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxa- tion. William Edwards will take on responsibilities previously held by John Lawrence, who in April was named ISU's act- ing vice president for extension and outreach. 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