Federal and local grants have allowed the Linn County Soil Conservation Department to hire a soil health coordinator whose goal is to increase adoption of soil health practices in the Indian Creek Watershed.
Emery Davis is the new Soil Health Coordinator for the Indian Creek Soil Health Partnership Project, the county announced this week. Davis, who grew up on a farm in Louisa County, previously served as a biologist for Pheasants Forever.
The soil health position is funded with a $306,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Iowa Partners for Conservation program, along with money from the Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority and Linn County Conservation, the statement said.
Improving soil health is linked to better water quality because it reduces erosion and fertilizer loss. Better soil also holds more water after flooding events and store greenhouse gases.
Practices that improve soil health include no-till farming, seeding fall cover crops and installing perennial vegetation.
Davis will work with Eastern Iowa landowners to develop these practices on their farms. Landowners who would like to participate may contact Davis at email@example.com or (319) 377-5960 Ext. 3.